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Kearny’s Pettigrew named top sophomore female athlete at Seton Hall

Photo by S.R. Smith, courtesy of Seton Hall athletic communications Seton Hall sophomore and Kearny native Jenn Pettigrew accepts her award as the Seton Hall Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year along with Brandon Park, the Seton Hall Male Athlete, from Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons.

By Jim Hague

It seemed like it was yesterday when Jenn Pettigrew was minding the nets at Kearny High School, earning a reputation as being one of the top girls’ soccer goalkeepers in New Jersey.
Now, two years have passed since Pettigrew graduated from Kearny High, after she had a chance to travel the globe with the U.S. National U-17 team and then moved on to play soccer at Seton Hall University.
“It’s all going by so fast,” Pettigrew said. “I can’t believe I only have two years of college left.”
But Pettigrew has done more in her two years of college than most people do in a lifetime.
Pettigrew has been the starting goalkeeper for the Seton Hall women’s soccer program for the last two seasons.
Last fall, she had a brilliant year, earning Third Team All-Big East Conference honors, allowing just 1.28 goals per game, which already ranks as the third best average in the history of the Seton Hall program.
She’s also been voted a team captain, quite an achievement for a sophomore. She already ranks among the Pirates’ career leaders in saves, minutes played and goals against average.

To read the full story, see this week’s issue of The Observer.

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