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Providence's Jordan sisters lead team to Final Four

NORCROSS - Providence Christian girls soccer coach Jonny Williamson has just one word for sisters Sarah and Julie Jordan - goofy.

The siblings have plenty of quirky antics that bring fun to the team off the field, but they're also a big part of the Stars' success on the field.

Sarah leads the team in goals scored with 30 and Julie provides stability at midfield. Both have been instrumental in Providence winning its third straight region title and getting the team back to the Final Four.

Providence (19-1) hosts Lovett today at Berkmar High School in the semifinals of the Class AA/A state playoffs.

"Practice is fun because they keep each other laughing and playing around," Williamson said. "They're competitive when we're being competitive, but real loose when we're not."

Sarah, a junior forward, has grabbed headlines for the last couple of years as one of the county's top scorers, but there's no sibling rivalry between the two.

"Sarah, soccer is her thing, it's always been her thing," Williamson said. "Julie is actually a star in soccer, basketball and volleyball, so she plays three different sports. There's no rivalry there between them."

This season is the second year the Jordan sisters have played on the same team. The two played together on a youth basketball team when they were younger, but playing on the same soccer team - one that is two wins from a state title - has been very enjoyable.

"We're always together anyways, so we're best friends," Sarah said. "It's neat being on the field together. It's kind of competitive because we are sisters, so we get on each other's nerves, but it's fun."

Sarah bursted onto the scene her freshman year, scoring 30 goals. Last season, she led the county in goals with 54 and this season has 30 to give her 114 career goals, which is the third most in school history.

Sarah trails Elizabeth Franklin for second place and current Holy Innocents' head coach Sarah Steinmann's school record of 154 goals.

"She's a tremendous player," said Steinmann, a former SEC Player of the Year at Auburn whose Holy Innocents' team lost to Providence 3-2 in the second round last week.

"It would be great to see her break those records. She's a great player and I know she's going to have a bright future ahead of her in college. It's exciting to see."

Sarah has already verbally committed to play soccer at Clemson in two years and her younger sister Julie is one of her biggest fans.

"She just amazes me," Julie said. "Every time she gets the ball. She just makes up her own little moves and just owns everyone. It's so crazy. We're like 'Sarah pass. Oh, no you got it. Go all the way.'"

The kind words are flattering to Sarah, who devotes all her time to soccer, but knows Julie is good in every sport she plays.

"Julie is just an overall athlete," Sarah said.

"She's lettered in four different varsity sports, so she's always going in hard and working really hard. She's a beast on like every field she plays on. I mean she has incredible talent, so she could basically play any sport in college."

Julie, a center midfielder in soccer, has also lettered in volleyball and basketball at Providence and softball her freshman year.

On the soccer field, it's easy for the sophomore to watch her older sister go to work schooling defenders.

"I do it all the time," Julie said. "I'm like, Go, just take it. I just stand there and wonder what she's going to do next."

What Sarah does next usually results in a goal - in 43 career games she has scored in 37 - but the goals are more special when she receives a pass from her younger sister or Sarah is there to celebrate with her afterward.

"It's so much fun to play with her, she's amazing," Julie said. "She's good. I just let her be. I can't compete with her."