MEDFORD - Tufts University Women's Soccer freshman Jenna Troccoli earned All- New England Region third team recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Wednesday.
|Freshman Jenna Troccoli received her first award in her career as a Jumbo|
Troccoli was one of the two freshmen who were named to the Division III All- New England Region Teams.
Troccoli provided strong attack skills in the middle of the field for the Jumbos and brought physical play that increased the intensity with which the Tufts team played this fall.
She played a key role in the Jumbos' last match of the regular season against Bowdoin on October 25, a 1-0 win to push the team to the fifth spot in the NESCAC playoffs. Troccoli was active in the center of the field all game including a pass off which teammate Jess Capone struck a shot into the right side of the net for the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of the match.
"Game after game Jenna proved to be one of the best players on the field," said Tufts head coach Martha Whiting. "She has an amazing ability to maintain possession of the ball in tight spaces, she has incredible defensive instincts and can create very dangerous scoring opportunities with her ability to beat defenders 1 v 1. She is a fantastic addition to our team and we look forward to three more seasons with her."
The women's soccer team finished their 2016 campaign at 7-6-3 overall with a 5-4-1 NESCAC record. In addition to the 1-0 win against Bowdoin, the Jumbos earned a 1-1 tie against a Brandeis team that is playing in the "final four" this weekend.
With that NESCAC record, the Jumbos were eligible to play in the NESCAC Tournament in which they received the fifth seed. In the Quarterfinals, Tufts battled #4 Trinity resulting in a 1-0 loss to end their season.