National Signing Day is the first day a high school athlete can commit to playing with an NCAA Division I program. Senior Melina Ford marked the occasion by signing her letter of intent to play for Central Connecticut State University’s soccer team.
Melina, team captain and goalkeeper, has played on Mercy’s varsity soccer team for four years. She kicked off the 2022 season with seven straight shutouts, and she has 49 career shutouts to her record. In her time at Mercy, Melina has earned spots with the All SCC 1st, GameTime-CT All Area, GameTime-CT All-State, CHSCA Class M All State, CHSCA All New England, and United Soccer Coaches All-America teams.
“I'm so grateful that I got the chance to play for Mercy and make the memories I did with my teammates and coaches that will last a lifetime,” shares Melina. “Even though my time with Mercy soccer is coming to a close, I'm very excited to be able to start a new path and continue my soccer career playing DI at CCSU.”
According to Athletic Director Tim Kohs, CCSU should also be excited: “Melina is a terrific athlete and an even better person. She is an extremely hard worker, she excels in three sports, and is a great teammate that takes pride in her teams and their accomplishments. She is an excellent example of the type of young woman that Mercy strives to develop.”
You can next see Melina in goal in the second round of the CIAC Class M State Tournament. The team plays East Hampton on November 10 at 7 p.m. at Xavier High School.
Photo credit, third photo: Jessica Hill / Special to the Hartford Courant