It wasn't a mistake that Jenna Thomason ended up playing soccer at Fresno City College.
Her dad, Bob, played for the 1978 Rams baseball team and pitched a no-hitter that gave then-coach Len Bourdet his 500th win and clinched the conference championship.
Her aunt, Tammy, played for the women's basketball team from 1981-83.
It was a no-brainer for Thomason to play for the Rams.
"I didn't want to leave Fresno because I have everything here," said Thomason, a former prep standout at Bullard. "But I wanted to keep playing soccer and I heard City had a good program. So I wanted to try it out."
And that's not all.
When Thomason is not playing soccer, she gets up early in the morning on weekends and goes deer hunting with her three older brothers. She first got her hunting license when she was 11.
"It's my other passion," said Thomason, whose brother, Jordan, is a cameraman for the Outdoor Channel. "When I hunt, that's what I focus on. I try going as much as possible with soccer going on."
But when she's on the pitch, she's looking to keep her team successful -- and that's what interested Rams coach Oliver Germond after Thomason arrived: "I try not to get too excited when we sign really good players. You never know if it's going to work out or not."
At 6-foot-1, Thomason towers over opponents and is a scoring threat. Last season, Germond moved Thomason up to forward after the Rams were held to three goals in their first four matches. She got a hat trick in her first game at forward and finished with 17 goals and 16 assists as Fresno City won the Central Valley Conference title and a berth in the Northern California playoffs.
This season, she has nine goals for a Rams team ranked No. 3 in the nation at 9-1-2.
"She found a comfort level playing forward," Germond said. "She has the ability to turn and she can take people on with her skills, speed and how tall she is. It's hard to defend her because she's physical."
For now, Thomason, who's being looked at by Fresno State, Fresno Pacific, Arkansas-Little Rock, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly Pomona, would like to keep scoring goals and help Fresno City to another conference title and a long run in the playoffs.
"Getting the chance to play forward really opened me up for more opportunities," Thomason said. "I was able to score more and have an attacking mindset."
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