Newburyport’s Jillian Kinter will undoubtedly one day go up on the Newburyport High Wall of Fame after leading the girls soccer program to its first two state titles in 2007 and 2008.
Four years later after a distinguished four-year collegiate career, Kinter’s accomplishments will almost certainly also earn her a place in the Colgate University Hall of Fame.
Twelve days ago, Kinter was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, living up to the preseason hype by scoring 14 goals and assisting on nine more to lead her conference with 37 points.
The senior captain then led the Raiders to an upset of the Naval Academy in the Patriot League championship to secure not only a place in the NCAA tournament, but just the program’s second ever home game in the first round of the same tournament.
“I’d say winning the Patriot League tournament was the goal of our team, that was just the expectation we were hoping to achieve,” said Kinter of her lofty preseason team goals. Kinter led Colgate to two Patriot League titles, her freshman and senior campaigns.
“But most of all this past week preparing to host the NCAA tournament, it was a dream come true. The feeling of the whole entire campus, there was so much spirit and so much energy, and it really felt like the entire school was behind you. I’ll miss that a lot.”
Kinter finished in the top 10 in many of Colgate women’s soccer program records — eighth all-time with 85 total points and 32 career goals, sixth all-time with 21 assists and fourth all-time in the clutch category of game-winning goals with 11. She scored five game-winners during her senior season when the Raiders finished 11-6-4.
“I hope to have made an impact, and I certainly feel like my team this particular year made an impact on the program,” said Kinter, who added her team’s comeback to tie Princeton 4-4 after trailing 3-0 was the moment in the year when the Raiders realized the potential they had. “We had so many alumni come back for the game (Saturday) night, and nobody could believe the difference our team has made in the culture of the team, so I’d say this team this year has been the one to leave the legacy.”