Jessica Bianchi '19
Trinity women’s soccer student-athlete Jessica Bianchi was awarded the 2018 Game Plan 4 LIFE (GP4L) Character Award for NCCAA Division I Women’s Soccer. The annual award is given to honor the outstanding women’s soccer player who demonstrates a clear Christian testimony on and off the field, Christian service, excellence in skills and leadership ability, and excellent academic standing. Bianchi was presented with the award at the NCCAA National Championship banquet in Kissimmee, Florida on November 25.
Bianchi, a senior from Elmhurst, Illinois has experienced a superb season thus far for the Trolls. She leads the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) in goal average, shot average, point average, and game winning goals and ranks fifth in assist average. Bianchi is fifth in the NAIA in total goals and points and is in the top 10 in shots per game, points per game, and goals per game.
In her decorated career, Bianchi has several accolades under her belt. She has received CCAC All-Conference honors three times and for consecutive years was named the CCAC Player of the Year. She also has been the NCCAA North Central Region Player of the Year twice. Additionally, she has received NCCAA First Team All-American and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors. Bianchi also holds the school record with five goals in a single game along with 1.5 goals per game average in a season.
Bianchi’s individual success has translated to her team as well. In her time with the Trolls, the team has competed in post season national tournament each year, including three NCCAA National Championships and a NAIA Opening Round appearance. The Trolls have also won conference regular season and tournament championships and the NCCAA region title twice.
The senior is set to graduate with a degree in business communication. When she is off the pitch, Bianchi spends her time serving as a member of the Trinity Athletics Leadership Program. She contributes positively to the overall culture for the student-athletes at Trinity. Bianchi continues to develop her faith and lives it out with her team and in her community, while also serving in local and international ministries.
Head coach Josh Lenarz understands the magnitude of having a player like Jessica on his team. “Jess has been a tremendous team leader all four years and an exceptional team captain for her junior and senior years. One thing that sets Jess apart from previous leaders is her ability to get the very most out of her teammates. She causes her teammates to thrive because they have the desire to match her intensity.”