Angela Jeter-Hall sometimes plays the bad cop.
"She has trouble saying no," Jeter-Hall says of her athletically gifted daughter Devlyn Jeter, a senior soccer player at Rosemont High School. "She wanted to play basketball again this season, and I had to put my foot down and say no."
As one of the area's top soccer players and a University of Portland scholarship signee, Jeter's schedule is packed with high-mileage matches, training sessions and practices.
It's especially demanding during the spring when she plays simultaneously for Rosemont and two competitive club teams while also attending training sessions as part of the United States Soccer Federation's Under-18 national player development pool.
"I worry all the time about her," said Jeter-Hall, who was a standout softball player at Cordova and Sacramento State in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "I know she wanted to finish her senior year with a bang, but she tries to do too much. Her body gets worn out."
Last year, Jeter played in only five games for Rosemont because of a right knee injury suffered during an Olympic Development Program training session. It required surgery to repair.
Some high-level area players have quit the high school girls game because of the physical demands, overlapping schedules and lower quality of competition.
The USSF, in a much-debated decision, already has forced its high-level "academy" boys players to choose between club and high school. They no longer can play both.
Jeter admits she has mixed feelings about her decision to complete her four-year varsity career at Rosemont.
"Club is more like a job," said Jeter, a longtime Elk Grove United club standout, "so playing high school is more fun and a chance to play with friends and my cousin (Ivy Patterson, a senior midfielder). I also want to win a league title real bad. I felt this was our year."
But that was before the season.
Jeter strained her groin more than three weeks ago during a club training session and has been hobbled since.
As Jeter has physically struggled, so have the Wolverines.
Rosemont is 0-3-1 in its past four matches Jeter played only against front-runners McClatchy and Kennedy and is battling Burbank and Sacramento High for the Metro Conference's third and final playoff spot.
"From time to time, it goes through the back of my head I shouldn't be playing (high school) so close to going off to Portland," Jeter said. "But I made a commitment, and once I do that, I'm in start to finish."
Rosemont coach Sal Alcocer is impressed with Jeter's loyalty to the Wolverines.
The lean, 6-foot-1 forward/midfielder has played in 12 of Rosemont's 18 matches, scoring 14 goals with 11 assists.
"When she can play, she does a lot of good things," Alcocer said. "She's a great leader, very patient with those who aren't up to her level.
"But sometimes her teammates become spectators, thinking they don't have to do as much because Devlyn's going to bail us out."
She won't have to bail out Portland, although her ability to play several positions is welcomed by coach Garrett Smith.
"DJ is the type of player that will immediately catch your eye just by her presence on the field," Smith said upon Jeter's signing. "She's very athletic. We have seen her play from the high school level to the national team level, covering almost every position on the field."
Portland has been a women's soccer power for years. The program's strong fan support the school does not have a football team and the small class sizes are two reasons Jeter chose the 3,800-student Catholic school in Oregon over Stanford and Santa Clara.
"I don't like a school where you meet a new person and then don't see them for a month," said Jeter, who aspires to work for the FBI. "I like a lot of teacher attention."
Not lost on Jeter is she will follow in the cleats of three former Elk Grove United players Stephanie (Lopez) Cox, and Megan and Rachael Rapinoe. Cox and Megan Rapinoe are now mainstays of the U.S. Women's National Team.
Jeter has twice attended Cox's Elk Grove training camps and has followed the defender's career, though star national team forward Abby Wambach remains Jeter's favorite player.
"She thought it was so cool to be trained by Stephanie, and now to be going to the same school," Jeter-Hall said. "Her dream is to one day follow in Stephanie's footsteps and maybe even play left back on the national team."