The Pingree girls soccer team began the season with a list of goals — which included being one of the best teams in New England.
The Highlanders, now 12-0-1 and closing in on the Eastern Independent League title, are well on their way in part because they have one of the top players in New England on their side.
Sophomore Kerri Zerfoss has been a game-changer in youth and club soccer, and her considerable skill has translated to the high school field with delightful results for Pingree. The Peabody native has 11 goal and 12 assists thus far in 2013; she’s equally comfortable scoring or distributing and has been orchestrating parts of the attack from a defensive midfield position for much of the season.
“Kerri is technically and tactically one of the best players in the region,” said Pingree coach Doc Simpson. “She possesses a combination of skill and work ethic that you don’t often see nowadays.”
Playing for the Aztec club and also in the Mass Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, Zerfoss is already hearing from Division 1 college recruiters. Boston College, Penn State, Miami, Boston University and Providence are among those showing interest.
She also played for the Aztec’s Women’s Premier Soccer League team this past summer, but was always looking forward to getting back to Pingree.
“There’s something inside all of us that just feels like this is our year,” said Zerfoss. “All through the summer I was thinking about getting back with this team. We have fun playing together and everyone’s on the field playing for each other.”
It’s been a diverse crew of scorers for Pingree this year, with Ipswich native Char Esty racking up 19 goals with five assists, and Beverly’s Lexie McNinch adding 16 goals and two assists. All three are adept at creating scoring chances and have been outstanding in sharing possession of the ball.