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Former Cardinal star thriving in college

PILOT MOUNTAIN — Many high school standouts hang up their cleats when graduation rolls around. That being said, Mary Jo Lowe is no ordinary soccer player.

Lowe helped put East Surry High School girls’ soccer on the map. Lowe became the leading scorer in East Surry soccer history and helped the team make the state playoffs all four years during her tenure as a Cardinal, reaching the fourth round as a senior. Lowe decided to continue her journey by signing with Greensboro College in February.

It would appear that Lowe has adjusted well to playing at the collegiate level, getting quality playing time as a freshman. Lowe played roughly 40 minutes in the Pride’s opening match-up against Warren Wilson College and 30 minutes against Brooklyn College, both blowout victories for Greensboro.

Lowe only logged about 25 minutes in the most recent match for Greensboro on Tuesday before the match was called off due to inclement weather. The rain may have stopped the match, but there was nothing on this planet that could contain Mary Jo. Lowe scored her first collegiate goal in the match against Hollins University.

In typical Mary Jo fashion, she wouldn’t settle for just one goal. Lowe added another goal within minutes. Another four minutes passed and Lowe notched yet another score to achieve a hat trick in only her third-ever collegiate soccer match.

Despite the change of scenery, Lowe has shown immediate success. One man who never doubted Lowe’s ability is her number one fan and father, Tim Lowe.

Tim said that the pace and the aggressiveness at this level make the game a lot more difficult than at the high school level. He also added that his daughter immediately meshed with her teammates on and off the field and has really enjoyed her collegiate career thus far.

Lowe’s ceiling has yet to be reached, and it will be exciting to see just how far the Pilot Mountain native can go. As someone used to breaking records, it would be no surprise to see Lowe’s name in the Greensboro College record books in a few years.

For right now, though, Lowe is taking life just as she always has — one game at a time.

This was a familiar sight for opponents of East Surry girls’ soccer over the past four seasons, in which Mary Jo Lowe scored 101 career goals and became the all-time leading scorer in Lady Cardinal history. Lowe signed with Greensboro College back in February.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_DSC_0049.jpgThis was a familiar sight for opponents of East Surry girls’ soccer over the past four seasons, in which Mary Jo Lowe scored 101 career goals and became the all-time leading scorer in Lady Cardinal history. Lowe signed with Greensboro College back in February. John Cate | News File Photo
Mary Jo Lowe, right, anticipates a pass while shilding off a defender from Warren Wilson College. Lowe scored three goals in Greensboro College’s victory over Hollins University on Tuesday evening. It was only her third collegiate soccer match, and the goals were the first of her college career.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_mj.jpgMary Jo Lowe, right, anticipates a pass while shilding off a defender from Warren Wilson College. Lowe scored three goals in Greensboro College’s victory over Hollins University on Tuesday evening. It was only her third collegiate soccer match, and the goals were the first of her college career. Provided by the Lowe Family
Mary Jo Lowe hasn’t missed a step in her transition to playing college soccer.

By Cory Smith

csmith@mtairynews.com

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