CHICAGO -- Eclipse Select Soccer Club U-17 midfielder Jenna Miller did not need another year to make her collegiate decision. Miller, a native of Winnetka, Ill., and a junior at New Trier High School, has announced her verbal commitment to play for the University of Illinois women's soccer program beginning in 2013.
"Both of my parents went there and it was always one of my top two schools," Miller said. "They showed interest in me, and it feels so nice to be able to get to the next level. That's been a goal of mine for the seven and a half years I've been with Eclipse Select. It's nice to know that a soccer team wants me to play there."
Miller will be joining an Illini program that currently is second in this season's Big Ten Conference standings and is led by long-time head coach Janet Rayfield. Not only has Rayfield achieved success at the college ranks, but she has served with the U.S. Women's National Team coaching staff, most recently assisting during the U.S.'s memorable 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup runner-up showing.
"She's really personable and easy to talk to," Miller said of Rayfield. "She laid it out there and said, 'what do you want with a soccer program?' Her practices and everything are so competitive. She will play whoever is on the top of their game, no matter the age. She doesn't stick to seniors and plays whoever competes."
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