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April 10, 2014

Pingree star Zerfoss of Peabody headed to Northeastern

Kerri Zerfoss had a date in mind when she wanted to have her college plans firmly in place.

The Pingree School soccer standout wanted to know where she’d be spending her college years by June. But things happened much faster than that — three days ago, in fact — as the Peabody resident verbally committed to Northeastern University.

A defensive midfielder who is regarded as one of elite players in the nation, Zerfoss accepted a substantial scholarship from the Huskies.

“I thought it would be great if I decided where I wanted to go by June,” said Zerfoss, who also plays club soccer for Aztec (also coached by her Pingree coach, Dushawne ‘Doc’ Simpson). “I didn’t know if that would happen, but I hoped my decision would be made.

“I am so excited and now I can look to the future; I’m looking forward to the Division 1 experience. “My coaches, Doc and Javi (Javier Mejia-Blau), have helped me so much.”

Her final choice came down to Boston University or Northeastern. “I’m a Boston girl and definitely wanted to stay around here,” said Zerfoss. “My sister Kayla is going to Hofstra, which is a rival school. She’s a dancer and loves New York.”

Northeastern was at the top of the list for Zerfoss because her grandfather, Charles Cove, had taken classes there. He passed away last November, and his connection with the university was important to his granddaughter.

“I knew right away that Northeastern was the right place for me,” said Zerfoss. “I went for an overnight visit last week and that’s when they offered.

“I had previously talked to the coach (Tracey Leone) on the phone twice. We really clicked and talked for a long time. The coach came to the college night Aztec had at Danvers Indoor Sports in February, when my team scrimmaged up a level against a U17 World Cup team from Nashua, and one of the coaches was also at the Las Vegas Showcase.”

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