WACO, Texas (KWTX) While the United States women's national soccer team was feted Wednesday in New York City for its second consecutive World Cup victory, children were learning the finer points of the game of soccer at a camp at Baylor, one of whose coaches is a veteran of World Cup play herself.
Marci Miller Jobson, the wife of Baylor women’s soccer coach Paul Jobson, played on the U.S. team for four years and in 2007 competed in the World Cup in China, where the German team won the championship.
"Well I think it's incredible to watch the (U.S. women’s team) and to see the hope and excitement in sports for little girls but also for little boys too,” she said.
Marci coached at Baylor with her husband for about seven years before she stepped down to care for the couple’s four young sons.
Her jerseys hang in the Williams Family Soccer and Training Center on the Baylor campus.
Paul Jobson says despite the heat, camp this week was special.
"This is a great time to hold the soccer camps, right after, especially after the championship,” he said.
Jobson's team last season won the Big 12 championship and advanced to the Elite Eight.
The victory has focused attention on gender pay equity, and Marci says change is coming slowly.
"The financial support even for the women's game is continuing to grow."
"It's not just being able to give equal pay, it's also us as fans getting behind them, I mean going to their games, buying tickets, buying the jerseys."