Lawson signs with Scots’ soccer


WHITE HALL — Jordan Lawson knows a thing or two about goals.

The White Hall senior has scored approximately 100 of them as a forward on the boys’ soccer team, but Lawson achieved a different kind of goal on Tuesday afternoon.

This goal didn’t come on the White Hall soccer field, but instead came to fruition in the school’s library.

Surrounded by his family and with several teammates and friends in attendance, Lawson signed his national letter of intent to play soccer for the Lyon College Scots.

“It’s a small college,” Lawson said, “but it’s very prestigious.

“It has one of the top acceptance rates to medical school at like 97 or 98 percent. … I’m going to major in biology and then go to physical therapy school.”

With his current coach Jason Bolick and future coach Michael Brookshire looking on, Lawson thanked those on hand for helping him reach his goal of playing college soccer.

“This pretty much sums up my life,” he said afterward about the experience. “These people have all come together to help me get here.

“They’ve helped push me to the next level. Everyone who’s here has helped me along the way.”

Lawson has been a goal-scoring machine at White Hall (4-8, 1-5 in 5A-South) since his freshman season. That year he scored 30 goals and earned the first of his — so far — three all-state honors.

Bolick said he’s seen Lawson play a lot over the years having refereed games of his since Lawson was 10 years old.

“He’s a great kid on and off the field,” Bolick said. “He’s going to give everything he’s got the entire game.

“He’s probably the most physical player we have.”

Lawson followed up his stellar freshman season with a 33-goal sophomore campaign as the Bulldogs won a conference championship. Last year, Lawson scored 28 times before seeing that number drop off this season.

He estimated that he had between eight and 10 goals this season with two regular-season games remaining — Thursday against Hope and Friday against De Queen. That estimate would put him somewhere between 99 and 101 total goals scored in his high school career.

Despite the low out-put this season, Bolick has seen significant growth in Lawson’s leadership this season.

“He takes a lot of the younger kids under his wing,” Bolick said. “He’s one of our captains and he directs the kids a lot out on the field.

“He’s really an excellent leader.”

Asked what he expected to contribute at Lyon next season, Lawson said, “I just want to help out the team as much as possible.

“Whether that be as a redshirt or a starter. I just want to help us to a winning season or more.”

“Hopefully, more,” Brookshire chimed in.

“Yeah, hopefully, more,” Lawson said with a laugh.