Glastonbury High School senior Sophia Haussmann signed her commitment letter to The University of Connecticut at the GHS National Letter of Intent ceremony on Nov. 10.
Haussmann always dreamed of playing for the Division I Huskies, so when the opportunity arose she didn’t waste any time.
“It was my #1 pick and once I got an offer from them I knew I was taking it,” said Haussmann, who welcomes the challenges of college soccer. “I’m looking forward to being around players that are going to push me and make me the best player that I could be. To see the atmosphere and energy of the team is exciting.”
Haussmann added that she’s excited to continue her passion at the collegiate level while staying in Connecticut.
At Storrs, she’ll be playing under head coach Margaret Rodriguez, who has been with the program as a head coach or assistant coach for 15 years. Haussmann will join a team that is coming off an appearance in the Big East tournament following an upset win over Georgetown, who was ranked #21 in the country, in the regular season finale on Oct. 28.
Haussmann, who also plays Oakwood Club soccer, has enjoyed some memorable moments at GHS.
She was a sophomore on the team that won the Class LL championship in 2019 and a this fall she was a star midfielder for a Guardians team that won a dozen regular season games during the program’s first year under head coach Mark Landers.
Landers said of Haussmann, “Sophia was a fantastic player for us. However, her greatest strength was her selflessness. She put her teammates ahead of everything else and was always looking for ways to challenge them to become better people. We are confident she will be a great addition to the culture and tradition of UConn Women's Soccer.”
Haussmann said her positive experience in Glastonbury has gone beyond the soccer fields, “You become a family with your team and I became really close with girls that I never expected to become close with. I’ll never forget my experience here.”
Prior to graduating this spring, Haussmann will hone her skills during club soccer, focusing on getting into the best shape possible, saying, “The girls in college are going to be big and strong and I want to be able to compete with them.”
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