Granby’s Trystin Burger signs to play soccer at AIC

  • Trystin Burger signs her National Letter of Intent to play soccer for American International College in the library at Granby Junior/Senior High School on Monday. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Tom Burger goes over the National Letter of Intent paperwork with Trystin Burger, who signed to play soccer for American International College in the library at Granby Junior/Senior High School on Monday. STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI—

  • Granby’s Trystin Burger makes a play in the state Division 4 finals, Saturday at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Staff writer
Published: 11/20/2018 9:03:18 AM

GRANBY — Granby senior Trystin Burger playing soccer at American International College became a running joke in the Burger family.

She spent so much time around the school playing club tournaments, indoor tournaments and futsal matches under the watchful eye of then-assistant and current head coach Kevon Isa. He saw plenty of her on the pitch and would tell the family, “she’s going to come play at AIC.”

At first, Burger resisted the idea.

“It was always like ‘I don’t know if I want to go to Springfield,’” she said. “After I toured AIC, I knew it was for me.”

She signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Yellow Jackets on Monday in the library media center at Granby Junior/Senior High School.

“Your verbal doesn’t mean anything, you don’t know,” Burger said. “It’s amazing to know he’s putting his eggs in a basket for me.”

The decision came down to academics even more than athletics for Burger. When she enrolls at AIC next fall to study physical therapy, Burger will enter as an academic junior. She has participated in a dual-enrollment program at Holyoke Community College for the past two years. When Burger graduates in the spring, she’ll receive both a high school diploma from Granby and an associate’s degree from HCC.

“The way that their academic program is set up works perfect for what I want to do,” Burger said. “I want to either work with children or veterans.”

Being close to home was also important for Burger. She wanted her family to watch her play on a regular basis.

“I wanted my parents and my grandparents, who mean the world to me, to be able to come to my games,” Burger said.

She’s joining a Division II program that went 9-9-1 last season and lost in the opening round of the Northeast-10 Tournament. Burger will continue to play in the offensive center midfield, the same position she filled for the last five years with the Rams.

“I’m going to have to learn the girls I’m going to be playing with,” Burger said. “It’ll be another way to learn.”

Burger has played with many of the same teammates at Granby since she was 3 years old. She also honed her skills on club teams and playing in the Olympic Development Program.

“It’s a new chapter in my life, I’m so excited to get out there like I’ve never done this before,” Burger said.

She’ll be missed in the Granby midfield. Burger played on the Rams varsity since she was an eighth-grader. They played in the Western Massachusetts championship game all five years, winning the last four titles and playing in a state final this past Saturday, a 2-0 loss to Millis.

“There’s no fiercer competitor on the soccer field that I’ve met, she’s 100 percent all the time,” Granby coach Bob Weaver said. “She was a really great captain for us, she’s become more of a complete player.”

Burger is the second Ram to commit to play college soccer in the last three years following Erin Mikalchus signing with New Haven in 2016.

“It’s a really small school, for what they’ve accomplished, it’s incredible,” Weaver said. “There’s some talent in this small town.”


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