Lorina White, senior defensive for the soccer team, is surprised by her mother, Laura Jackson, from New York on Sept. 15. Today’s game against Morehead State will be the first game Jackson has seen her daughter play in since high school. Grace Ramey // DN
Senior defender Lorina White surprised by mother for Senior Day
After practice Thursday, senior defender Lorina White was sitting on the floor of the locker room, listening as coach Craig Roberts stalled for time.
Finally, a knock on the door. As Roberts spoke at the front of the room to announce a special guest, White's mother, Laura Jackson, snuck in through the back door. She had flown in from Poughkeepsie, New York, to surprise her daughter before Senior Day.
"Hi baby," Jackson said as White's eyes welled up with tears. "I love you."
White was under the impression that her mother would not be able to come to the game -- but she understood why.
“My mom hasn’t been able to see any of my games, like, ever, because she’s always been working or busy watching my sisters,” White said.
But Tristin Stuteville, White's roommate, knew how much White wanted her mother to come out to a game. So Stuteville reached out to Jackson.
“[White] gives our team so much energy, so much life," Stuteville said. "We knew senior night that everyone’s parents were going to be there, and we thought it was important for someone who has such a big role on our team, such a big leader, to have her family here as well.”
Jackson was nervous -- she had never flown before -- but she said it was all worth it to see her daughter play.
“Ever since she was six she wanted to play soccer. She used to play with just boys and she did a hell of a job," Jackson said. "She’s always been good, she’s a good team role model, and she’s been good with all the girls, wherever she goes she’s good."