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Jessie Turner plays in Brazil

Jessie Turner, a former student-athlete on the Woodford County High School girls' soccer team, and a sophomore at Centre College in Danville this fall, was selected to play on the USA D3 Soccer Team that toured Brazil the first week of June.

Turner started 22 of 23 games as a freshman defender at Centre College and proved to be one of the best in the Southern Athletic Association at her position, earning Second Team All-SAA and Third Team All-South Atlantic Region honors.

The USA D3 Soccer Team was coached by Jim Conlon of Washington University. The USA D3 Soccer tour ran from May 29 through June 7. The team began with orientation in Orlando, Fla., on May 29 before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil, that evening. The team practiced on May 30 in the City of Jundiai before playing its first two matches on May 31 and June 1 in the cities of Jundiai and Valinhos.

The team then traveled to Rio de Janeiro on June 2 and played its third match on Saturday, June 3, and its fourth match on Monday, June 6, against teams from Rio de Janeiro. The USA D-3 Soccer team competed against top U-22 club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

While in Brazil, the teams experienced educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio, the team stayed on the famous Copacabana Beach and toured the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

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