Rocky Hill senior Jason Moleiro signs his commitment to play college soccer at Washington & Jefferson. Moleiro is pictured with his younger brother, Mateo, and father, John.
Rocky Hill senior Jason Moleiro will see some familiar faces at his next destination.
“I am extremely excited and thankful to announce my commitment to Washington & Jefferson College,” Moleiro announced on March 7. “I would like to thank my parents, friends, teammates, and coaches who have gotten me to this point.”
At W&J, Moleiro will again join forces with his older brother, Michaeljon, who graduated in 2021, and Jake Rajotte, who is a 2020-RHHS graduate.
The three played together on the 2019 team and now the trio of Terriers will reunite with the Presidents in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Moleiro said playing with his brother again was going to be “amazing”, adding, “The soccer team is really good. I toured other schools, but the atmosphere at W&J was better than others.”
This past fall was a memorable year for Moleiro, who netted a dozen goals and dished out 13 helpers as the Terriers finished 8-3-4 and made the Class M state tournament. He earned both all-state and all-conference for a second straight season.
Head coach Paul Horta said Moleiro was a “team-first player”, praising him for commitment to the program.
“When your best player thinks the way he does, it’s very easy to get the other guys to buy in,” recalled Horta. “He’s a pleasure to have on the team and he understands what a leader’s role is. Not just talking about it, but doing it.”
Horta, who has coached various teams around the area, called Moleiro a “gym rat” and recalled having to kick a young Moleiro off the practice fields when Horta and his travel teams would show up for practice.
Moleiro's unwavering dedication to the sport allowed him to grow into one of the state’s best players.
The past two seasons have been fruitful for Moleiro, yet it was a moment during his sophomore season that he recalled as his most memorable. The young attacker scored both of the team’s goals during a 2-0 shutout of Southington at RHHS in October of 2019.
Horta added that Moleiro’s commitment and adaptability will allow him to flourish at the next level where he will join a Presidents’ team led by longtime coach Ian McDonald.
McDonald has been coaching the program over three decades, guiding the team to five Presidents’ Athletic Conference championships.
Moleiro said he is looking forward to the increased competition the most and is excited to play with both his Rocky Hill brothers again, adding, “I’ve had a very good experience [in Rocky Hill]. The atmosphere here is great and everyone gets along well. That’s something I will miss.”
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