On the day New Rochelle High School girls’ varsity soccer co-captain Teresa Deda signed up to play for Bucknell University, Coach Francesco Notaristefano had this to say about her:
“Her play speaks for itself.”
How eloquently it speaks. Well enough to place her on the All-League and All-Section teams for Section One; boldly enough to earn her the league Player of the Year honor for the second consecutive year; and powerfully enough for her to lead Section One’s Class AA in scoring with 16 goals.
Now it has led her to achieve her next goal, playing for Division I soccer on the collegiate level.
“I’m really excited and thankful,” said Deda, a forward. “It’s been my dream to play D-one soccer.”
She signed her letter of intent to play at the Lewisburg, Pennsylvania college on Monday. She did so surrounded by her teammates on NRHS’s McKenna Field, the patch of green where she was a standout for three years, playing a sport she’s loved since the age of six.
“To see her growth through the years is tremendous,” Notaristefano said. “She’s become a real team-type player. You would think her celebrating personal goals would be her highlights, but she’s always the first person to run over and give her team high-fives.”
Deda credits her success to NRHS’s coaches and her teammates. “They really helped me out a lot,” she said.
For Notaristefano, a 13-year veteran of coaching at NRHS, Deda is the first female player to sign with a Division I school.
“It’s a very competitive environment,” Deda said. “It’ll help me improve the most.”