The raft of recent signings continues as Manly United star Hannah Peric adds to the Australian NCAA Division I contingent, committing to Massachusetts. Peric becomes the first Australian to sign for Massachusetts since Adelaide United’s Laura Johns spent four years with the Minutewomen between 2010-13. Peric also becomes the second Manly United product to currently feature on a Division I roster, with Laura Farrelly set to enter her junior year at Marshall.
Having spent time at Football NSW Institute during the early part of her career, Peric moved to North Shore Mariners in 2017, making her first team debut against Manly United and making seven appearances in her first season, tallying a brace against Emerging Jets in her final game of the campaign. Able to slot in either at centre back or up front, Peric added another five goals in her second and final season with the Mariners before moving to Manly United for 2019. Peric’s first season at Cromer Park saw the versatile youngster make 20 appearances in a side that regularly featured players with W-League experience, including Ally Green, Patty Charalambous, Sunny Franco, and Sophie Nenadovic.
Playing in the Atlantic 10 will see Peric join three other high-level Australian players in the league. Teresa Morrissey has firmly established herself as the starting goalkeeper for Rhode Island, whilst Claudia Jenkins and Alyssa Van Heurck are integral members of the La Salle lineup. Both Massachusetts and La Salle are fresh off semi-final berths in the conference tournament in 2019, adding another dimension to the storyline as both teams look to go a couple of steps further in 2020 and secure a conference championship.
Peric’s signing takes the number of Australian NCAA Division I freshmen in 2020 to no less than eight. US-based Talia Grossman aside, all have experience at the top NPL level in their respective states, with Claire Farrington and Amy Sayer also playing W-League, and Sayer having already gained three Matildas caps.