Amber Smyth has decided on the next stop in her soccer career — the University of Hartford.

Smyth signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the Hawks in the America East Conference, a program that has reached the NCAA Tournament 13 times. She’ll receive an athletic scholarship which should cover about 75 percent, according to Smyth.

“I’m looking forward to playing soccer at a high level,” Smyth said Thursday.

That’s exactly what Smyth did for the Lady Jacks. In a varsity career that spanned five seasons, she recorded 47 goals and 68 assists from her midfield position. Along with fellow captains Catherine Duquin, Alyssa Golding, and Lindsay Hojnowski, Smyth helped lead NT to consecutive appearances in the Section VI Class AA title game.

“She’s the type of player you hope to have,” Lady Jacks coach Steve Sabo said of Smyth. “I could just put her on the field at any position.”

Smyth is the first Lady Jacks player under Sabo, who’s been in his position for nine seasons, to get a scholarship to a Division I program.

“It’s a great feeling,” the coach said. “It’s her own abilities that got her there, but I’d like to think the success we had as a team helped.”

Smyth plays for Buffalo United in the offseason. She hopes that experience will prepare her for the collegiate level.

“The coach said he does play freshmen,” Smyth said, “so I hope I can get a chance.”

The Hawks are coached by John Natale, who recently finished his fifth season with the team.

Smyth plans to major in physical therapy. She chose Hartford in part because of the size of the school. It has less than 5,000 students. Location helped, too.

“New York City is like a half-hour away,” Smyth said.

Smyth also considered Canisius and Stony Brook before deciding on Hartford.

Contact editor Jay Skurski at 693-1000, ext. 117.