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Lancaster High School senior soccer player Jaden Driggers is headed to the next level, and keeping his game local.
Driggers, a four-year player for the Bruins, will play soccer at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
Driggers, with family and LHS school officials and coaches witnessing, made it official, signing with the Lancers in the school’s conference room on Monday, April 29.
“This is going to be a great start,” Driggers said. “I’m excited about playing with coach Jordan. He will be a great motivator for us.
“I wanted to play close to home and I wanted to play college soccer,” he said. “This will be a good fit for me.”
Driggers, the LHS team captain the last two years, has tallied 34 goals with 42 assists in his career, including seven goals and four assists this spring.
A solid student, Driggers also has a 3.6 grade point average.
“Jaden has been important to our soccer program in his career,” said LHS soccer coach Alex Tarque. “He will be a big loss. It won’t be easy to find a player to replace him. Jaden has all the tools to be a great soccer player.”
LHS assistant principal Bill Farrar said Driggers has been a “true team player” for the Bruins.
“He’s stuck with our LHS soccer program through thick and thin,” Farrar said. “He was there all the time, no matter the situation. He always played hard and gave it his best shot. I think that his play and attitude will make a difference at USCL.”
LHS athletic director Mark Strickland also praised Driggers.
“Jaden has been a tremendous asset to our soccer program,” Strickland said. “He’s done a good job of leading our program. It’s been a transition
year with a new coach and he’s done all he can to make that a smooth change.
“That’s going to make a difference in the future,” Strickland said.
Randy Jordan, the USCL soccer coach, said Driggers will make an impact.
“He’s a solid soccer player and we have a good idea of his skills by seeing him play over the past few years,” Jordan said. “I know he can help us. The key is being ready to take the step to the next level.
“Since it’s a two-year program, it’s important that our freshman come in ready to make a key contribution.”