Merritt Island’s Jordan Tomberlin Stellar in Goal for Salem College, Named USA South Defensive Player of the Week
By Space Coast Daily // October 12, 2021
Tomberlin won a pair of state championships with the Mustangs in 2017 and 2018
ROME, GEORGIA – After a week in which she recorded two shutouts and 15 saves, resulting in a 1-0-1 mark, former Merritt Island Mustang, and now Salem College goalkeeper Jordan Tomberlin was honored as the USA South Defensive Player of the Week by the league on Monday, October 11.
Tomberlin is a 2019 graduate of Merritt Island High School and now attends Salem College, which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is a member of the USA South Athletic Conference.
Tomberlin becomes the fifth different Salem Spirit to earn USA South Defensive Player of the Week honors in program history, joining Sydney Priest (twice), Morgan Canepa, Alyssa Denkovich and Hannah Wagner who also earned the distinction.
The Merritt Island, Florida, native opened the week with a six-save performance against Pfeiffer, as Salem picked up the 1-0 victory, its fifth shutout of the campaign.
Three days later, on Saturday, October 9, Tomberlin emerged with nine saves in a double-overtime clash with Meredith.
Tomberlin, in rainy conditions throughout the day, turned away three shots by Meredith’s Lillian Fox and two from her teammate Morgan Thomas over the course of the match. They marked the only Avenging Angels with multiple shots on goal on the afternoon.
Tomberlin has made a team-high 66 saves in 731:18 minutes on the season for Salem, converting 40 saves in 458:45 minutes against USA South Conference foes. She has at least five saves in seven matches over the course of the 2021 season, including a single-match career-high 14 versus Greensboro on September 28.
“Jordan has done an outstanding job all season making the necessary saves and playing from the back with her feet,” said Salem head coach Robin Ramirez. “We had a great week defensively and Jordan played a big part leading from the goal.”
Tomberlin was a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Mustangs, winning a pair of back-to-back state championships in 2017 and 2018, which was recognized as Space Coast Daily Hall of Fame team inductee in 2018.
She is the daughter of Marian and Jeff Tomberlin and while at MIHS, was an Honors Graduate with an unweighted 4.0 GPA, served as student body vice president, received the Mustang Service Award, was a member of Beta Club, National Honor Society, student government and orchestra.
She also played in Club Soccer for the Central Brevard Cyclones (2006-15) under head coach Calvin Dixon and for the Orlando City Lions Youth Soccer team from 2015-19.