The milestone was news to her.
"I had no idea,” she said. “If you had asked me, I think in the back of my head, I thought I was approaching 290 wins, maybe in the mid 280s.”
After the game, a photographer from a local paper approached Jarema and offered his congratulations.
“I thought, ‘This guy’s been around 10, 15 years,’” she said. “I just kind of looked at him and said, ‘You’ve never said that to me after a game.’ He said, ‘Mim, it’s your 300th.’”
As it turns out, Jarema was alone in the dark. Her players knew ahead of time, and made a t-shirt to mark the occasion, which they presented to her in the Reading locker room.
The shirt is simple –– a white t-shirt with black and red lettering. It’s text reads, “Mrs. J,” and, “The Big 300,” and each player signed the shirt –– a gesture Jarema said was the most meaningful.
“I don’t think I’ll ever wash it,” Jarema said. “I’ll probably wear it to practice tomorrow. It’s a cute t-shirt. They know I’m not big into eating cake and stuff like that, so they smartly didn’t do that. What would happen if we lost today and the cake was there?”
Jarema’s career has spanned more than 25 years.
“The numbers to me don’t mean anything,” she said. “What it does mean is I’ve had some wonderful kids, wonderful players making for really nice teams. They do all the work.”
No. 300 didn’t come easy. The Rockets had to adjust to Wakefield’s grass home field –– Reading plays on a turf surface –– a challenge made more difficult by Reading’s inexperience.
“Typically, we would have had the kids on our old grass field the day before,” Jarema said. “But the monsoons we had made it a swamp, so we didn’t get to prepare for the grass.”
Jarema’s squad prevailed, though, with freshman Ariel Tango picking up the lone goal.
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