Charles B. Aycock senior Mackenzie Jones has elected to take her talents to Wake Tech and continue her soccer career. The Golden Falcons standout signed her letter of intent on Friday afternoon.
“It’s super exciting, I can’t wait to get started,” Jones said. “Wake Tech was the first school that contacted me, and I was unsure about following through with it, but coach Hanks really kept in contact with me.”
During her time at C.B. Aycock, Jones emerged as a tough, strong center back. After coaching Jones in club soccer, C.B. Aycock head coach Paul Casey expects her talents will translate to the junior college level.
“It’s really exciting, especially because it’s our first player of the year” Casey said. “It’s excting for me because I’ve coached Mackenzie at such a young age. I started coaching her when she was 12, and I’ve seen lots of growth in her play.”
During the spring, Jones is playing her final season with the Golden Falcons. Last season, the Golden Falcons finished with an 8-9-4 record, but with a number of key players returning, Casey thinks the Golden Falcons are in good shape to make a playoff run.
“We haven’t had tryouts yet, but we have a lot of seniors that were with us last year that we’re expecting to return” Casey said. “So, it should be a pretty exciting season.”
Having faced top soccer high school teams like D.H Conley, New Bern and J.H. Rose during her time at C.B. Aycock, Jones should not need much time to adjust her play on the soccer pitch.
Last season, Wake Tech fashioned an 8-7-1 record. The Eagles play in the vaunted Region X, which includes powers such as Cape Fear Community College and Spartanburg Methodist. Wake Tech is guided by head coach Kristopher Hanks, who played soccer at Division III St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
“What really stuck out to me about Wake Tech was how the whole teams has a great bond,” Jones said. “I’ve talked to a couple of the girls that are already on the team, and coach Hanks talked about they were a family, and I really like that.”
Jones plans to get her associates degree from Wake Tech, move on to a four-year university, and hopefully become a teacher.