From the Lowcountry to Lancaster, three Berkeley High School soccer players will further their playing careers at the college level after graduation.
Seniors Bryson Jones, Jacob Fillmore and Darren Pierce signed letters of intent with USC Lancaster on Wednesday morning as part of the National Signing Day celebration in the school’s auditorium.
All three have excelled in club soccer to boot.
Jones and Fillmore are team captains and have 26 career goals apiece for the Stags. They’ve combined for over 50 assists.
One will end up as the leading goal scorer in school history, Stags coach Sukil Yom said.
“I’m hoping they end up with the same amount of goals scored this season,” Yom joked.
Yom praised Fillmore for making great strides over the years and told a story about Jones’ brush with a mini stroke last year and scoring a hat trick in his return.
“He went through numerous tests but he fought through it,” Yom said. “His passion for soccer didn’t die. He came to every practice…Once he came back to the team, the very first game he had a hat trick. You should have seen the locker room after the game, it was ecstatic.”
Pierce makes his mark on the other end of the field. He has over 40 takeaways to go along with seven goals.
“He’s known for tough defense, his creativity and his ability to engage all the players in the right positions on the pitch,” Yom said. “He has worked tirelessly in bringing his teammates together.”
Soccer season cranks up this month for the Stags.