WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Julia Heffernan may have played her last soccer game for Westborough High School, but she'll continue racking up assists for Merrimack University in the fall.
She signed her letter of intent in the Westborough High School gym Thursday afternoon, confirming she will play for the North Andover, Mass., school.
"It's exciting; it's kind of been a long wait to know I was officially going to get in," she said, noting she decided Merrimack was her first choice last June.
"I wanted to stay close to my family because they're a big part of my life."
Filling the position of left back, Heffernan played her senior season with a pass-first mentality. After helping her team to an 8-0 rout of Fitchburg on senior night, she explained why she likes the assist game.
"I passed to one of my best friends tonight who had never scored before and it felt like I scored," said Heffernan, who finished the season tied for first in Mid-Wach B play with eight assists. "I feel like that's almost better than me scoring."
Heffernan's leadership led the Rangers to an 11-5-3 record, a Mid-Wach B conference title and a district playoff berth. The Rangers lost a tightly contested playoff game to Marlborough, 1-0.
With her high school career finished, Heffernan said she's thrilled and feels fortunate to continue with soccer into college and Northeast-10 Conference competition. She said the thing she likes most about the sport is how it pushes her to be better, and that she's been able to meet some of her best friends through playing.
"I'm really excited mostly because I just love soccer," she said, noting she's unsure what her major will be. "It's been a really big part of my life for a long time."