Zerfoss has been attracting lots of attention as one of the top players in her age group for quite some time. In 2012 she was invited to play for Region 1 in an Olympic Development Program that brought the best from each region together. Last year she was selected to go to Costa Rica for a tournament with the top players, and two months ago she was the only girl from Massachusetts invited to go to the 2014 US Youth Soccer ODP national training camp in Arizona. Last summer she was invited to play with Aztec in the Women’s Premier Soccer League with top college talent.
There’s another Peabody connection on the women’s soccer team there: Ashley Phillips, who played goalie for Bishop Fenwick before going on to have a great career at Clemson University (she still holds the team record for most career saves with 326) and is now the goalie for the Boston Breakers women’s pro soccer team, is an assistant coach for the Huskies.
“I have a picture of Kerri (as a 10-year-old) and Ashley together,” said Zerfoss’ mother, Peabody High Athletic Hall of Famer Sherri Zerfoss. “I’m so happy she’s going to a phenomenal academic school to play for a great coach. It’s a perfect situation for her ... and we’re so happy she’s not going too far away.”
Zerfoss said she’s thinking about majoring in sociology at Northeastern and possibly going to law school some day. She’d also like to coach down the road not only to share her knowledge of the game, but also because she loves working with children.