Three members of the Central Connecticut women's soccer team earned the United Soccer Coaches all-North Region honors Tuesday. Terryville High School alumni Jenna Rae Covello was selected as a second teamer for the all-North Region honors, joining fellow teammate Erica Bardes.
Junior midfielder Roma McLaughlin was named to the first team. The teams are selected through voting by member coaches.
The trio receiving the honors marks the third straight season where CCSU has three recognized for all-region. McLaughlin has been selected twice for first-team while Bardes is a two-time second-team selection. Covello was picked for the first time.
With a first-team selection, McLaughlin is eligible for all-American honors.
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Covello is a two-time all-Northeast Conference first-team selection and is the first Blue Devil to win the NEC Offensive Player of The Year. She led the Blue Devil offense in goals per game over the regular season and finished this season with 13 goals in 67 games played for her career. She was previously an NEC all-rookie selection in 2017 and received all-tournament honors in 2018.
Bardes has started 29 games for Blue Devils over the past two seasons, anchoring the NEC's top defense. The Montvale, NJ native posted a goal and three assists this season en route to earning All-NEC First Team for the second time. She scored the game-winning goal against Rutgers at the NCAA Tournament in 2019. In 2019 was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Second Team, United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region Second Team and NEWISA All-New England Second Team.
McLaughlin has built an impressive resume in her first three seasons in New Britain. Along with a pair of NEC Midfielder of the Year accolades, the Donegal, Ireland native was the 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year. McLaughlin is also a three-time first team All-NEC selection and earned All-America status in 2019. McLaughlin had 10 points on four goals and two assists in eight games this season after leading CCSU to its third straight Northeast Conference title and earning Most Valuable Player honors.
CCSU finished the season 7-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 against NEC opponents. CCSU won its third straight conference title and the 11th in program history. The team ranked among the nation's leaders, allowing just one goal in the regular season. CCSU advanced to its third straight NCAA Tournament and faced South Florida.