NORTHWEST CATHOLIC'S JESS FONTAINE: Unforgettable Player On An Unforgettable Team



CLASS: Senior

COACH: Todd Sadler

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Helped lead Northwest Catholic to back-to-back Class M championships and to three titles in four seasons (shared title with Suffield in 2009). … Had 29 goals and 15 assists for 73 points to break Northwest Catholic's single-season record for points. The previous mark had been 52, set by Michy Medina last season. …. Had seven game-winning goals and had a goal or more in each of the Indians' postseason victories. … Was part of 40-game unbeaten streak and a 38-0-2 record over the last two years. … Two-time All-American, two-time All-New England, two-time CCC West Player of the Year, three-time All-State player and All-CCC West player. … Finished with a 73-4-3 record during her four years as a starter. ... Had 64 goals, including 20 game-winners during her time at NWC, and 50 assists.

FONTAINE SAID: “We never took any team lightly. We always said we were the underdog even though we weren't. … We didn't think about it as if we were making history. It was just our goal to win another [championship]. We wanted to be unforgettable. We just want to be remembered as one of the best soccer teams [Northwest Catholic] ever had. … In the previous years, I never started up top so this year I couldn't take it for granted because I knew there were players on the bench that could come off and take my position if I wasn't playing my best game. So I had to come out each game [with the same level of intensity]. … I just love the feeling of beating a defender and a scoring a goal in the most critical situation.”

SADLER SAID: “For Jess, it was important to be a great leader and step up and score goals. That was her job. And it wasn't easy. There were some games where I told her ‘You need to step up here. We need you.' ... It was a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure. ... To her credit, being in the right spot sometimes is not enough. You have to still finish those chances and that's what she did. She's a great goal-scorer. … She is the most competitive player I've coached [in 12 years]. … I'll just remember her fire.”

UP NEXT: Will go to Quinnipiac in the fall and play soccer, likely in the midfield or as a forward, while studying to become a physical therapist. “I'm just looking to come in as a freshman and help the program be better than what it already is.”

IN 10 YEARS: Hopefully still playing soccer, teaching kids the game and working as a physical therapist.

MISCELLANEOUS: Northwest Catholic's first All-American in girls' soccer. … Used primarily as a defender her first 2 1/2 seasons. … Started soccer when she was 4. … Has played for CFC United for six years.


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