Wearing number 9 for the Jets Women is American import, Jennifer Hoy. The 25-year-old has already proved herself to be a very influential player in the squad and within the Westfield W-League, by securing four goals in nine matches.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Hoy began the beautiful game at the age of four, playing for her local club in her hometown of Sellersville, the Deep Run Strikers.
“I ended up playing with the same coach and many of the same players for years as we transitioned from little league to travel soccer.”
“My club team was called the Deep Run Strikers and once that team folded I joined the FC Bucks Vipers,” Hoy said.
It was Hoy’s youth development with the FC Bucks Vipers that would ensure her success in the later years to come. As Hoy explained, “the Vipers helped me get visibility from college coaches through competitive tournaments and we went on to win a National Championship the summer before I went off to college”.
In 2009, Hoy began college where she studied economics at Princeton University and played for the Princeton Tigers alongside her degree.
In 2012, Hoy completed her studies at Princeton University and graduated with a major in economics and a minor in Spanish. Soon after finishing her degree in 2013, she was selected for the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars.
In her first season with the Red Stars, Hoy received a national call up for the under 23s American squad, something of which Hoy describes to have been ‘a dream come true’.
Hoy’s hard work had paid off in her senior season at Princeton as the team went undefeated in the Ivy League and Hoy was unstoppable, consistently finding the back of the net.
“The first call up came after the success of that season and being drafted by the Red Stars,” said Hoy.
Last year Hoy became interested in the Westfield W-League after following the journey of Newcastle Jets stars, Megan Oyster, and ex-player Caprice Dydasco.
“I started following the team last season when I first heard that Megan and Caprice were playing for Newcastle,” said Hoy.
Hoy began her W-League season this year in round 1 against Melbourne City. She has since been named in the starting eleven each game and has secured four goals for Newcastle and played an integral part in assisting her team mates adding to the score board.
“Playing for Deansy and the Jets was the best mutual fit, [and] I truly couldn’t have asked for a better place to end up and play my first season abroad,” Hoy stated.
And a mutual fit it was, as soon as coach Craig Deans saw footage of Jen, he knew she would be the player to add fire to the front line.
“Last year the team lacked that ruthlessness in goals and having someone who knows how to score.”
“Once I saw footage of Jen, I was interested in her being a part of the squad, she has this knack of being in the right place at the right time and that’s not something you can teach as a coach,” Deans commented.
On the field:
Hoy is a very dynamic and positive player, and as acknowledged by her coach, she has an impeccable foresight in being able to place herself in the right position at the right time, which effectively has seen her not only set up goals, but also score many this season.
Hoy is fierce on the ball and will utilise any opportunity she is given, and this has made a big impact for the Jets squad this year. Craig Deans commends Hoy’s passion and drive, “she is a real pleasure to coach, [she] is constantly asking questions and asking to do extra sessions and always looking for ways to improve herself, these are qualities that our younger Australian players should be taking note of and trying to emulate is they want to be successful footballers in the future.”
Off the field:
Since it is Jen’s first time in Australia, she is excited to explore! Jen is also a self-declared ‘total foodie and culture geek’ and cannot “wait to check out local restaurants, travel when we play other teams and learn more about Australia’s history and people” – it’s safe to assume that when Jen is away from the field she is submerging herself in Australian life and culture.