Waterville High School girls soccer phenom Jordan Pellerin has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a scholarship in the fall of 2011.
Pellerin has 132 career goals and is 47 away from breaking the state schoolgirl scoring record owned by former Lee Academy star Shelby Pickering,
The senior striker scored 51 goals last season after a 47-goal sophomore season and 34-goal freshman year.
“I’m excited,” said Pellerin. “It’s definitely a great fit for me.”
Pellerin chose Maine from among several schools and said her decision was based on several factors.
“I’ve wanted to play Division I soccer from a young age and I wanted to stay and represent my own state rather than move away,” said the 17-year-old Pellerin. “I really like Coach [Scott] Atherley. He’s cool and he reminds me a lot of [Waterville High] coach [Ian] Wilson.”
She also said she is interested in studying kinesiology and exercise sciences and Maine has a kinesiology/physical education major. She added that she likes the idea of watching Maine’s other athletic teams.
“Sports are a big deal at Maine,” said the daughter of Jeff and Robin Pellerin.
The 5-foot-3, 117-pound Pellerin, who also plays club soccer for Maine Coast United in the winter and spring, said she intends to spend time in the weight room getting stronger for her transition to college soccer.
Wilson said the Black Bears have landed a gem.
“She is one of the most competitive kids I have ever been around. She isn’t blazing fast, but she has great quickness to get separation from defenders. Her strongest skill is her ability to create space inside the 18 when a teammate passes her the ball. She has this energy and an uncanny ability to get open at a crucial moment. I’ve never seen another player do it as well as she does.”
He also said she is unselfish, she’s a physical player and she has tremendous passion for the sport.
“You worry about some kids getting stale if they play soccer 365 days a year, but Jordan would play it 24 hours a day [365 days a year],” said Wilson, “Maine is a great fit for her.”
Her coming to Maine is contingent upon her acceptance into the school and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.