February 2nd, MA, 2019; GPS are proud to announce Jolie Maycumber as the 2003 GPS National Team Female Player of the Year.
Jolie and the 2003 Girls participated in a professional tour across the United Kingdom in tandem with the 2001 Girls team.
This included a visit to St. George’s Park, the home of the England National Team, where they got a tour of the facility and the opportunity to train there.
The tour included friendlies against women’s sides representing professional clubs. The girls played four matches in total earning victories against Huddersfield Town and Fleetwood Town FC.
Their only loss on the trip would come to the an older Arsenal Women’s FC team, whose senior side is the most successful in English Women’s football with 49 trophies in their 30 year history including a UEFA Women’s Champions League title.
Jolie currently plays for GPS Oregon.
Quote from National Team Coach: Nigel Naughton – “Jolie is a fantastic player with a top class attitude, and led by example both on and off the pitch. Equally comfortable at centre back and left back, Jolie’s composure in possession, ability to break lines with forward passes and reading of the game all featured prominently in the National Team’s games across England. Jolie is also a determined and ambitious character, and has a very bright future ahead of her.”
Quote from Jolie: “I traveled to England in the Summer of 2018. We had the opportunity to play 4 friendly matches against different English Club teams all in different parts of England. Our record was 3 and 1, losing only to an older Arsenal team. Coach Nigel Naughton was a great coach to travel with. He kept our team focused and gave us valuable advice and support throughout the trip. We had the chance to go to a professional soccer match at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea vs. Man. City, and we also trained at St. George’s Park which is the National Headquarters for English Soccer. We also visited Old Trafford which is Manchester United’s stadium. It was an amazing experience!
I have two major goals for the season and those are to qualify for the USYS soccer nationals in Kansas City Missouri, and to win the Oregon State Cup for the 4th consecutive year in a row which has never been done before. I’m really happy to have received this award and am honored to be representing my team. GPS is like my second family now and it has been amazing to play with such talented players in Oregon and around the United States. I have to thank my soccer coach MJ Tate and my family for always supporting and guiding me.”