SUSA FC will play its second season in the WPSL this spring. The defending Northeast Conference champions enjoyed a strong inaugural campaign finishing 7-1-0. Their season would come to an end after losing 1-0 to Cleveland Ambassadors in the WPSL East Regional final.
SleterFC has teamed with SUSA to offer profiles of players joining SUSA for the 2019 WPSL season. Next in the series is Jenna Blank.
Name: Jenna Blank
Hometown/high school/year graduated: Live in Holbrook, graduated from Sachem North High School in June 2018.
Current school/university (or school graduated from): Currently a freshman at Towson University.
Number of seasons at SUSA: Played one season for SUSA in the WPSL.
• When did you first start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was five years old.
• What is your greatest memory of your soccer career?
My greatest memory of my soccer career is between scoring the winning goal in overtime against Loyola University; it was my first college soccer career goal, or being in 4th place with my club team and beating the 1st place team to send us to nationals in Colorado.
• Who had the greatest influence on your playing career and why?
The biggest influences on my playing career have to be my parents and JR Balzarini. My parents have been my #1 fans for 13 years, paying for all of my traveling and driving me to practice every night, and especially making a four-hour trip to watch me play in a game at school. JR took me onto his team in ninth grade and helped me with not only every little thing involved in the college process, but he taught me how to be a serious hard worker. I truly believe that without my parents and JR, I would not be where I am today playing Division I soccer, which has always been my lifetime goal.
• What do you love about playing soccer?
I love everything about playing soccer, from having 25 best friends to see every day to having an activity where I get to do what I love and let go of the stress from everything else. Soccer is always the best part of my day, whether it’s practice or a game. Anytime I am stressed, I always look forward to soccer, later on, to calm me down and better my mood. It is my absolute favorite thing in the world and my favorite part of my life.
• Who/What is your favorite player/team?
My favorite men’s soccer team is Real Madrid, but I like watching women’s soccer, so my all-time favorite team is the U.S. Women’s National Team. I will lay in bed at night and watch their highlights on YouTube from games I’ve already seen because I watch every single game. My favorite player is Carli Lloyd. My obsession with her began after she put on the best World Cup performance of all time in 2015. My runner-up favorite player is Alex Morgan.
• Do you have aspirations of playing professionally?
I do aspire to play in the NWSL one day.
• When you’re not playing soccer, you’re doing…?
When I am not playing soccer, I am in class, studying, or getting Starbucks.