TERRYVILLE - Jenna Covello is trading in her Terryville orange for the blue of Central Connecticut State University. The senior signed her National Letter of Intent on Friday to play soccer for the Blue Devils starting next season.
“I’m really excited because I know it’s going to be a challenge and I’m ready to take on that challenge,” Covello said. “I think I can make an impact on their team if I really put my heart to it so I’m really excited to see what the future holds.
“I’m hoping to become an attacking player there but I’m not really sure how they plan to use me. I’m looking forward to seeing.”
Covello ended her high school soccer career this past fall with 96 goals and after helping the Kangaroos reach the semifinals of the Class S state tournament. For her coach, her departure is an unfortunate reality of high school sports but he hopes her success can sprout more for the program in the future.
“I wish her jersey would still say Terryville High School,” Terryville girls soccer coach Brian Rosano said with a smile. “But, obviously, it’s always going to be something we can point towards as a success of our program. She’ll be the first to tell you that whole senior class is really the one that led this whole revival of the program. Not all of them are going on to play like Jenna is so she’s really become the face. Her name’s up on three banners in the gym - three times All-State - so that’s something that the younger players can strive for and, even more so, make it realistic for them that a kid from Terryville can achieve these things and can get to those heights.”
CCSU was one of multiple schools on Covello’s list and, while it didn’t meet one of her geographical preferences, she is excited to start her college career in New Britain.
“I was looking at schools in North Carolina and I wanted to go to the warm weather,” she said. “But I kind of wanted to stay close to home and I really love the coaches [at CCSU]. I met with them and I met the team and I just really fell in love with it. It just felt like home so I knew it was the right place.”
Covello is the first soccer player to go on to play at the D-I level in Rosano’s time at Terryville and her signing was something he saw coming a long time ago.
“It’s such a source of pride in her. We’ve known for a long time that she was a special player and this is really the culmination of that,” Rosano said. “She’s so deserving of it because of how much work she’s put in and she’s such a good kid and just so humble and gracious with everything. This is what she deserves.”
While her hard work and success helped her get to the next level, Covello heaped praise onto her friends and family.
“I’d like to thank my teammates and everyone who showed up for their support and my coaches and the athletic director,” she said. “I’m just really happy and I’m happy to start a new journey and be a Blue Devil.”
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