Menace Intern Jordan Guy will bring you a new Player Spotlight each week of the 2013 season. This week’s women’s spotlight features Menace midfielder Jordan Bishop. Posted July 3, 2013.
Having players with experience at high levels of competition is great for a team. Having a captain who has professional experience is even better. Jordan Bishop brings both to the Des Moines Menace women.
Bishop, Menace center midfielder and captain, played a short stint with the Boston Breakers (now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer) in 2011, the summer before her senior year at Iowa State. Bishop spent most of her time as a reserve, but gained a lot from the experience.
“It was an amazing time; it helped me grow as a player a lot,” said Bishop. “It had a very cut-throat mentality and that pushed everyone to become even better.”
After graduating in spring of 2012, the native of Carrollton, Texas, stayed in central Iowa, where she joined the Menace for its inaugural season. Making the transition to the Menace’s offensive-minded style of play, she grew quickly into the leader on the field and, along with Maggie Wylie, the first co-captain of the Menace women’s team.
Returning for the 2013 season, Bishop remains the team’s captain and, more importantly, the heart of the team’s midfield.
“Everyone on this team is a leader,” said Bishop, trying to pass credit. “We’re all really goofy and full of character, but everyone works really hard and cares about what happens.”
But her spot on the team may not be the sole reason for Bishop’s extended stay in the fields of Iowa.
“Iowa’s a special place for me; both my parents are from Iowa, even though they met in Texas,” Bishop said. “My mom’s (Debra Bishop) from Ames and my dad’s (Mark Bishop) from Algona.”
Bishop’s parents have played a bigger role in her soccer career than simply giving her a reason to return to the Menace.
Being the first to get Bishop interested in Soccer, Bishop’s mother signed her daughter up for leagues when she was just a toddler and supported her every step of the way.
“My mom was absolutely the stereotypical soccer mom,” said Bishop. “When I was three, she signed me up for leagues with my friends so we could play together.”
Finding her home once again on the soccer pitch, Bishop opened the scoring in Des Moines’ most impressive win of the season, 4-0 over the Kansas City Shock on June 9, with her upper-corner whistler from outside the goalie box in the 18th minute. Adding three Woman of the Match awards this season (May 26, June 9 and June 26), Bishop has solidified herself as a key to the team.
“I’m hoping to get into collegiate coaching; but for now, I’m just focusing on taking it one game at a time,” said Bishop. “I think if we all do that, we’ll be just fine.”
Bishop and crew will take on their final road trip of the Women’s Premier Soccer League regular season this weekend when they travel to Madison, Wis., to invade the Madison 56ers’ home field on Friday. In the final regular-season game, the Menace travels back to Iowa on Saturday to fight the Quad City Eagles in Bettendorf.
With only the top-four teams in the Midwest Division advancing to the regional playoffs, the Menace needs to sweep its final road trip to guarantee a post-season berth.
Name: Jordan Bishop
Hometown: Carrollton, Texas
College: Iowa State University
College Classification and Degree: Graduated in May 2012 with degree in kinesiology and exercise science
Pre-game Rituals: listen to music, relax, visualize the game
Favorite Goal-scoring Celebration: Prefers to assist
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite Food: PB & J
Favorite Player: Steven Gerrard