St. Joseph’s Jessica Mazo named National Girls Soccer Player of the Year

St. Joseph’s Jessica Mazo, left, and Brien McMahon’s Kailynn Ortiz converge on the ball during girls soccer action in Trumbull, Conn., on Thursday Oct. 25, 2018. — Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

All Jack Nogueira had to do each day is look at the wall in his office at St. Joseph: six All-Americans and one National Player of the Year in 19 seasons as head coach.

In season No. 20, Nogueira added a seventh All-American and second National Player of the Year: Jessica Mazo.

Mazo, a center-midfielder for the Cadets, earned the award courtesy of the United Soccer Coaches Association. She becomes the fifth in state history to earn the honor, joining former teammate Jenna Bike (2015).

“When Jenna Bike got it, this is something that people with her talent get it. I didn’t picture myself getting it,” Mazo said. “This is more than cool. I’m still trying to grasp it all.”

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