DANBURY, Conn. — Louisiana native Carrigan Chauvin knew she was a long way from home when she and her mother arrived at Western Connecticut State University in January in the heart of winter — yet the warm reception they received and the athletic and academic opportunities she discovered at Western convinced her that she had come to the right place.
The South Terrebonne High School soccer standout, whose roots in her hometown of Chauvin reflect her family’s long history in the parishes of the southern Louisiana bayou country, traveled more than 1,300 miles with her mother, Melissa, in January to meet with WCSU Women’s Soccer Coach Joe Mingachos and members of the Colonials team who shared the regular season Little East Conference title last year.
"When I found out about WCSU, I emailed Coach Mingachos and came to visit the campus. I fell in love with the entire atmosphere of Western Connecticut, and the coaches and the team made me feel so welcome. That sealed the deal on making my decision to attend Western," said Chauvin.
In May, she made her decision official when she signed a national letter of intent to join the WCSU women’s soccer program. She will begin studies this fall to seek a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with concentration in television and radio weather forecasting.
Chauvin, who has played soccer since the age of 10, received numerous honors for her achievements during four years playing center midfield and forward for the South Terrebonne High School Lady Gators.
“Soccer helped me become more outgoing, confident and strong,” Chauvin said. “I am aware that the Western team recently has been very successful, and I hope to contribute to their achievements. I am a hardworking and dedicated player who can create opportunities on the field.”
Chauvin and other members of the Colonials women’s soccer team will arrive for the start of pre-season practices on Aug. 18. Mingachos noted that she will be one of 12 freshmen and transfer students who will join a team returning most of the players who played central roles in the program’s success last season.
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