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Girl Soccer: Kovacs Signs NLI with Moravian

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New Providence senior Paige Kovacs signed a National Letter of Intent to play womens' soccer at Moravian College. Credits: Alli Lamhing
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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Girls’ soccer player Paige Kovacs made one of the biggest decisions of her life on Thursday.

With her parents and younger brothers looking on, Paige’s future took a drastic tick up when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Moravian College.

“Its crazy,” Kovacs said. “It all went by so fast. I’ve always wanted to play in college. I’ve always had that in my mind. With my club team too, I’ve just always had a love for it. When the opportunity came for me to play in college, Moravian was a perfect fit for me.”

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She comes from a family entrenched in local athletics. Aside from her younger brothers both playing competitive sports, Kovacs’s father, John, is the head coach of the Mendham High School ice hockey team.

Kovacs said having a family full of athletes and specifically a father who is familiar with the college definitely helped make her decision to play at the next level easier.

“He definitely helped me a lot,” she said about her dad’s influence. “My family is very athletic. My brothers are constantly doing sports. My dad is constantly with his hockey team. I kind of grew up like that. My dad kind of new the ropes with that and stuff like that. He definitely guided me and helped me make my decision. It was definitely helpful having a dad who knows.”

Ultimately, Kovacs said she had to find the perfect fit not just as an athlete, but also as a student, which pushed Moravian to the top of her list.

“There were five [schools] that I was considering, but Moravian just stood out above all of them,” Kovacs said. “It really just has everything that I want. Its close to home. Its small, which is what I want. It has my major, which is special education, and I have the opportunity to play. It was a perfect fit for me.”

Murphy agrees because it gives Kovacs the best of both worlds: an opportunity to play soccer and get the education she wants.

“She was back and forth a little bit and it took a while to make her choice,” Murphy said. “She was one of those ones where if she found the right school, where her education and soccer would fit, she would try to play. I think the closer it got to the commitment day, the more she would like to play.”

Kovacs joins Jeff Ykoruk’s growing Moravian squad. The former Ursinus head coach is in his second year with Greyhounds. Last season, the team was 7-10-1 in Ykoruk’s inaugural season at the helm.

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