Shelton High seniors Jessica Wilm and Matt Manzo signed National Letters of Intent to play college soccer recently. Wilm, a goalkeeper, will play at Wagner College in Staten Island, while Manzo, a midfielder, will play at Sacred Heart University.
A three-year letterwinner, Wilm notched over 130 saves last fall for the Gaelettes to earn the Player of the Season Award. In 2011, she was a member of the Shelton High side that won the Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division championship. From 2010-14, she played for the NE Comets/CFC Premier Soccer Club.
Wilm, ranked 10th in her class of 350 students with a 4.0 grade-point average, was also the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar Athlete award this year and the New Haven Tap-Off Club Scholar Athlete Award. A captain of the soccer, lacrosse and basketball teams, she made the SCC All-Academic team in each sport.
Wilm is also a member of the National Honor Society, on the high honor roll from 2010-14, in the World Language National Honor Society, a CAPT Scholar, recipient of the Michaels Jeweler’s Citizenship Award, and a staff reporter/sports editor for the Shelton High Gael Winds newspaper.
A U.S. Soccer Federation referee, Wilm served as a volunteer at the Little Kicker summer camp from 2011-14 and the Shelton High School summer basketball camp from 2011-14.
A four-year varsity player for the Gaels, Manzo was an All-State selection his senior year, as well as a New Haven Register All-Area player. An SCC all-conference selection as a senior, Manzo made All-Housatonic Division in his junior and senior seasons.
He served as a team captain last fall and won the Team MVP award this past two years. As a sophomore, he captured the offensive achievement award.
Playing for the CFC-Samba regional premier soccer team in grades 9-12, Manzo wore the captain’s armband the last three years.
He also played for the Foundation soccer club was a member of Shelton Youth Soccer Organization from ages 5-14.
Academically, Manzo has been a member of the National Honor Society his junior and senior years. He is also a member of the Italian National Honor Society, a CAPT Scholar, a high honor recipient in grades 9-12, an SCC All-Academic team selection in grades 10 and 11, and a participant in the Connecticut American Legion Boys State as a junior. He was also the Italian Club president as a senior.
Manzo served as a Boys and Girls Club of LNV indoor soccer coach, a Unified Basketball and Unified Track and an SYSO assistant and head coach.