Vincenzo Greco, a soccer star and recent graduate at Glastonbury High School, will continue kicking it in college his fall.
“I’m extremely excited and blessed to announce my commitment to continue both my athletic and academic career playing Division I soccer at Merrimack College,” Greco announced on social media. “I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and everyone else who helped throughout this process.”
Coming into his senior season at GHS, Greco knew he wanted to play soccer at the next level but just didn’t know where. He started out with a large list of schools before ultimately committing to Merrimack after visiting the school’s campus in North Andover, Mass.
“I wanted to make sure I chose a school where I could make the roster,” said Greco, who attended a soccer camp at the college in the fall. “[The team] liked what they saw there and they went to see me play a couple of games.”
Merrimack plays in the Northeast Conference and is led by longtime coach Tony Martone, who has been guiding the program for over four decades – amassing 412 victories.
“I loved his play-style and the way he coaches his kids,” Greco said of Martone.
After moving from Glastonbury from Cromwell as a youth, Greco’s parents signed him up for town soccer and he immediately began to excel on the local fields.
Once in high school, it didn’t take long for Greco to experience championship success as GHS boys soccer won a state championship when he was a freshman in 2018, bringing the Class LL title back to Glastonbury for the second straight season.
Greco spent that first year learning the ropes of high school soccer, watching most of the championship run from the bench. However, he said the feeling of winning the state title set the foundation for his future success on the fields and showed him what it takes to be a champion.
Along with playing all four years at GHS, Greco also played for the Connecticut Football Club (CFC) and was a Kaiser Athlete, helping develop his skills against the highest level of competition.
He said his passion for the game and his belief that he could play at the next level increased following Covid-19, adding that he “started to take it more seriously and started to set and hit some goals.”
His next goal is to be a regular contributor at Merrimack where he will study business administration with a concentration on corporate finance and investment.
“The new opportunities are what excite me the most,” added Greco. “My goal, no matter how the season is going, is to make the most on my opportunities.”
He leaves GHS following consecutive All-Central Connecticut Conference (CCC) selections as he helped lead Glastonbury to an undefeated season when he was a junior in the fall of 2020 and a state tournament quarterfinals appearance this past season.
“The atmosphere of being with your hometown friends every day and being with those guys that you’ve grown up with is what I will miss the most,” added Greco, who credited soccer with his growth beyond the sport. “High school soccer definitely made a mark on me as a person.”
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