6 Jessica Berdan
6 Jessica Berdan
Height: 5-9
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
High School: Arkansas State
Position: D/M
Club: D'Feeters

Played on the back line for 17 games, making 16 starts … one of the leaders of the team’s defense … helped the Islanders post a shutout win over McNeese State (10/4) for the program’s first-ever conference victory … tallied a shot against Stephen F. Austin (11/1) … received one yellow card on the season.

Played alongside fellow Islander Audrey Baldwin for the Red Wolves … appeared in 14 games for Arkansas State … played a total of 212 minutes off the bench, directing all three of her shots on goal for the season.

Played three years at Coppell High School under Chris Stricker and was a first team all-district selection in her senior season … attended New Tech High School for academics, but participated in athletics at Coppell … was a first team all-district honoree … helped her high school squad to a state championship in 2009 … played club soccer under Kim Colon and Hugh Bradford for D'Feeters Soccer Club, one of the top ECNL clubs in the state … helped D’Feeters to a 2008 Region 3 Championship.

Jessica Lynn Berdan was born on Jan. 1, 1994, in Detroit, Mich. … daughter of Jane and Michael Berdan … has an older brother, Christopher, and sister, Alicia … intends to major in biology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Caldwell on Berdan:
"Jess is a versatile player and will provide leadership in the back or midfield. She has already been through a college season and knows what it takes to play at this level. Her ability to win balls in the air will be key."