McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 23, 2013

Jerika Parent returns from Olympic soccer camp

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Jerika Parent’s road trip included beaches, Elvis, college dormitories and chocolate milk. Also, soccer — lots and lots of soccer.

The main stop of the trip, after all, was the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Girls Region III Camp, which took place July 12-16 at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Region III includes 12 different state soccer programs, including the Oklahoma Soccer Association, in which Parent plays for the Oklahoma 98 team.

“A very high level of intensity,” Parent said of the camp Tuesday. “These girls were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. For not playing with each other, the first time coming together, they played very well together. Especially for our team, because we only had four Oklahoma girls, and we joined with Mississippi, so it was completely different.”

Parent said a typical day at camp consisted of breakfast, morning scrimmage, lunch, a meeting, practice, dinner and then back to the dorms. Though a stopper for the Lady Buffaloes and a left-center defender for her Oklahoma 98 team, Parent moved to left-back at the camp, learning how to defend a wing instead of the center of the field.

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