Jenna Bike, the explosive and multi-talented forward for the St. Joseph girls soccer team, is among the most decorated high school athletes in state history.
On Thursday, Bike added one final honor when she was named the Gatorade Connecticut Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second straight season.
“I was just about at the point where I thought all the awards were over and settling, kind of done with high school soccer, but no,” Bike said Thursday night. “This is a nice surprise.”
Bike, a member of both the U.S. Soccer Under-19 and Under-18 Women’s National teams, was recently honored as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year. Bike finished her high school career with 79 goals and 45 assists. Bike had 25 goals and five assists in leading the Cadets this past season to a 22-1 record, including a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Suffield in the state final.
Bike will play next season at Boston College.
“It’s awesome,” Bike said. “There are really no words for everything I’ve accomplished this year and I have a lot of people to thank for that, including my coaches, my family and my friends for supporting me. I’m really happy.”
The Gatorade award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Bike has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally with a fundraising campaign to benefit the Special Olympics. She has also donated her time to Habitat for Humanity and as a youth soccer coach.
“It’s hard to wrap my head sometimes around all these accomplishments and how good they actually are,” she said. “And how much they mean.”