Laura Valade Collins named to Hall of Fame

Laura Valade Collins is one of six new members that will be inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame at the annual induction ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30.

These six individuals have contributed to the growth and history of the game of soccer in the state and will be honored for their achievements with enshrinement in the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.

Tickets for this event at the Cromwell Plaza are $50 per person and $25 for youth 12 and under.

Information regarding Induction dinner tickets and program sponsorships can be obtained by calling CSHF at 860-306-6822.

Collins played her youth soccer in Trumbull for Trumbull United Soccer Club before attending Lauralton Hall in Milford. Although Lauralton Hall did not have a soccer team, she continued her soccer growth playing for the Wilton Comets and Connecticut Olympic Development Program teams.

Collins became a four-year starter for Yale University (1988-91) and graduated as the second leading scorer in their history. In 1990, she led the Ivy League in scoring. In 1991 Collins was the team captain, team MVP, became the first Yale woman to earn Ivy League Player of the Year, and earned MVP in the New England Senior All Star game.

She was also named Most Outstanding Female Soccer Player in CT, earned the Ed Tremble Excellence Award from CJSA, and was recognized as one of the top 30 senior female NCAA soccer players in the country by the Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America (ISAA).

After college, Collins joined Opus County Soccer Club (1993-2014) and the Boston Renegades (1996-99) of the W-League. She reached the W-League title game in 1998, was named to the All-Tournament team, and played in the All-Star Classic Game.

For Opus County, Collins reached the semifinal and final game of the National Amateur Cup in 1993 and 1994, respectively. She continues today as a youth soccer coach for Sherborn Youth Soccer Club.