Scott Testori is proud to represent UConn after his historic Connecticut high school career

Simply put, Scott Testori is one of the greatest players in Connecticut high school soccer history. In his time at Daniel Hand High School, he won three state championships, was an All-American, and became the first player in state history to be named United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Year. “It’s very special to me to be in that conversation in the first place,” Testori told BGN about being one of the state’s all-time legends. “Coming into my freshman year of high school, that was always my goal, to be mentioned with the greats.”

Following a senior season that saw score 28 goals and a ridiculous seven hat tricks in only 11 matches, Scott turned his attention to the recruitment process. “Recruitment was a little odd, since it was mostly during Covid,” he said. “The coaches only really saw me play in person once, but I stayed in good contact with them after that.”

The Madison, Connecticut native didn’t have to struggle much in his decision to select UConn for continuing his athletic and academic journeys. Testori explained, “UConn has always been one of the schools I wanted to go to, and with its great soccer history, and the fact it’s in state, it was an easy choice.”

Describing the adjustment to NCAA soccer, he said, “Training in college is definitely much different.”

“Getting to know my teammates is also very fun. We got a great group of guys here, who are doing whatever they can to make me feel welcome.”

While he feels welcome at UConn, he doesn’t feel the weight of high early expectations because of the resume he arrives on campus with. “I don’t actually feel much pressure to produce early,” Scott said. “I just want to develop as a player and do whatever I can to help this team win, whether it’s in games, at training, or something else. That’s the main motivation.”

Testori, who has appeared off the bench in both matches thus far, and the Huskies are off to a 1-1 start and will look to get win #2 on the season when they face Monmouth on Saturday.

A native of Connecticut, a Connecticut high school legend, and now a UConn Huskie, Testori might be one of the most qualified people to point out some of what makes the Constitution State special. “My favorite thing about Connecticut has got to be the entire shoreline,” he said. “Long Island Sound has a lot of beautiful areas.”

“As for my three favorite places, one is downtown New Haven. Downtown New Haven has a lot of great places to eat and some of the best pizza in the world. Another great place is Cristy’s in Madison. It’s one of my favorite places to eat and they serve great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And as for my favorite place in Connecticut, it has to be the Madison Surf Club. It’s right on the beach, and it’s where we played our home games in high school so I have a special connection to it. I’ve spent so much time at the turf, beach and the basketball courts there that it has to be my favorite place.”

Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.