The first time Ryan Jorgenson played goalkeeper he made a 12-goal difference. The lanky nine-year-old striker was playing in a 2005 tournament against a team which had beaten his team 13-1 three weeks earlier. When the coached asked for a volunteer to take on goalkeeper responsibilities, Jorgenson recklessly volunteered. His team pulled an upset for the ages, winning 2-1 and ultimately capturing the tournament championship. Nine years later that game is but a figment of the past, but Jorgenson's goalkeeping abilities aren't. The FC Alliance 96 Black and Maryville High School senior has signed NCAA Division 1 scholarship papers with ETSU, joining 39 other players in this year's class in pursuit of their college soccer dreams.
Jorgenson will join teammates Fletcher Ekern and Avery Wang playing for a nationally competitive Buccaneer team at East Tennessee State. Since the University of Tennessee doesn't have a men's soccer program, ETSU has reaped the benefits by becoming a great option for area college prospects. The Bucs have been an NCAA staple, historically having success against programs from the power conferences (as evidenced by recent wins over Kentucky and Virginia Tech, as well as ties against Clemson and Wake Forest).
Other players from the 96 boys age group moving on to play college soccer include: Kai Miettnan (Gardner-Webb), Nelson Cardona (Tennessee Wesleyan), Chris Patti (Air Force), Graham Wall (Berry), Josh Morgan (Transylvania), Harrison Harvey (Tusculum), and D.C. Wright (Tusculum).
The girls' graduating class has been well-publicized. All but one player from the 96 Girls Black 1 and Black 2 teams have signed on to play college soccer next year. You can see the full list here: http://fcallianceknox.org/FCA_Collegeplayers/index_E.html