For Miller Soccer senior Jenna Chatterton, the Indiana Miss Soccer award is more of a reflection of her team rather than herself.
“It’s a team achievement,” Chatterton said after learning she had been named the 2020 ISCA Player of the Year. “I feel uncomfortable being singled out like this because it is a team sport and one player shouldn’t be able to win it.”
Noblesville head coach Mike Brady isn’t surprised about Chatterton’s attitude toward the award. Chatterton has always placed the interests of the team above her own and always redirects the praise she receives towards her teammates.
“I’ve been fortunate to coach extremely talented players,” said Brady, “some of them wanted to make the team about themselves – It was about ‘I.’ But for Jenna, it was always about ‘We.’”
Chatterton, who signed last week to play at the University of Tennessee, was part of a core group that led the Millers to back-to-back state championships in 2019 and 2020. During those seasons the Millers compiled a 34-0-4 record and held the MaxPreps No. 1 national ranking throughout both seasons.
After earning 2nd Team All-State as a freshman, Chatterton became a fixture on the 1st Team, earning the distinction in each of her final three seasons. She is the second Miller Soccer player to win the ISCA Player of the Year during Mike Brady’s tenure as head coach, joining 2007 Miss Soccer Ashley Auld.
Jenna scored 37 goals for the Millers during her four years, but it’s her 24 assists that she is the most proud of, which isn’t surprising to those who know her. It’s also indicative of the greater impact Jenna Chatterton has had on the Miller Soccer program, an impact that can’t be measured by stats.
It’s her humility that defines her and it has engulfed the program; taking it from a program with a collection of individual talent and developing it into an elite team that cares about each player and plays for one another.
“Anyone can say We Are Together, but to truly mean it, and have your teammates know that you mean it, that’s Jenna,” said Mike Brady.
While she’ll humbly deflect all the credit she receives to her teammates, they are proud to heap praise back her way.
“She is the most humble person I’ve ever met,” Kate Bettner said of Chatterton. “Any time you try to congratulate her she makes it about someone else.”
“Her goal this season was to get the school assist record,” Emma Potter added, “she didn’t want to break the scoring record. She wanted the other girls to have that moment of scoring.”
The scoring record carries more notoriety, and rarely does one think of the assist record, but there is a specific motivation behind the record for Jenna. She knew this team was good – really good – and full of talented players. She knew they were going to score goals and that they didn’t necessarily need them to come from her.
“I love seeing my teammates score.” Chatterton explained. “Yeah, it’s exciting when you score, but it motivates me more when my teammates score. I like seeing them get excited.”
“It just shows that she was focused on where we wanted to go as a team, more than her own self,” added teammate Kylie Roberts. “When she has an opportunity, she gets the ball to someone else to let them get that chance.”
Mike Brady knows a player of Chatterton’s skill and mindset is unique.
“It takes a special individual to understand that it takes a team to win a championship,” Mike Brady said. “Michael Jordan could have scored 60 a game, but he’d have fewer rings to show for it. Jenna consistently had the team’s best interest in her mind and heart. Could she have scored more goals? Absolutely. Would we have had the same success? Certainly not.”
Many in-game moments stand out when reminiscing about Chatterton’s career, but her teammates are quick to point out her performance against Zionsville as a “Miss Soccer Moment.”
“This team thrived on adversity and a big part of that is Jenna. She missed a PK against Zionsville and we still won because she never gave up,” said Emma Potter while explaining how Chatterton motivates the team.
With a chance to tie the game on a Penalty Kick with ten minutes left, Chatterton’s attempt was blocked. She quickly put it behind her and a minute later led an offensive attack downfield and assisted the game-tying goal. The Millers would score again and go on to win the game.
“We see her not quitting on us when things don’t go her way and it picks all of us up,” Potter added.
“I think I lead by example, but I don’t really see myself as a vocal leader,” Chatterton said. “If they see me giving my all, they’re going to want to do that too.”
Jenna Chatterton has left her mark on the Miller Soccer program and leaves behind a legacy that will guide a generation of Millers, but defining that legacy is easier for those around her than it is for her.
“I don’t know what my legacy is,” said Chatterton. “I’ve never talked to my teammates to find out what they think of me. I’m intrigued to see what other people have to say about that.”
“She’s a different breed of athlete,” Bettner added. “She’ll go down as one of the greatest female athletes to come through Noblesville and more importantly she’s leaving this program better than she found it,” Bettner concluded.
“Jenna’s legacy isn’t so much the championships or the accolades she deservingly received,” Coach Brady said, “it’s in truly representing what it means to be a Miller day in and day out.”
In the history book, Jenna Chatterton is the 2020 Indiana Miss Soccer.
In Jenna Chatterton’s book, Miller Soccer is the 2020 Indiana Miss Soccer.