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Jessica McDonald to be inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame

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World Cup champion and North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald has been selected for induction into the 2022 NJCAA Hall of Fame.

The event is set to take place on June 10, 2022 in Charlotte, N.C.

McDonald said on Twitter that she is “lost for words” at the honor.

Prior to joining the University of North Carolina women’s soccer program in 2008, McDonald spent two years at Phoenix College. The community college is a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association, the governing body of community college, state college and junior college athletics in the U.S. While there, McDonald earned first-team junior college All-America in soccer and was the National Junior College Player of the Year. She later transferred to UNC, where she helped the team to the national championship as a starting striker.

Drafted by the Chicago Red Stars in 2010 as part of the WPS, McDonald played for both the Red Stars and then-Seattle Reign FC during the NWSL’s inaugural 2013 season. In 2021, McDonald became just the fourth player in league history to score 50 goals.

Sheryl Swoopes is another NJCAA product, having played at South Plains College for two years. One of the most successful athletes in WNBA history, she was inducted into the inaugural NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2021.