STATESBORO, Ga. – Former South Georgia Tormenta FC midfielder Jenae Packard has signed a contract with Fortuna Hjørring of the Danish Women’s League (Danmarksturneringens Kvindeliga), the top-flight division of women’s soccer in Denmark. The USL W League champion joins the first-division Danish side ahead of the team’s important string of matches in the championship round of league competition, which starts on Feb. 4.
“Jenae played a huge part in our USL W League national championship team in 2022. She was the engine in midfield that connected our team on both sides of the ball. She has tremendous field coverage, and her decision-making and passing variety helped keep the rhythm for us in the attacking phase all summer. It was a pleasure to have her in our team, and I wish her all the success at the professional level. She is a very talented player.”Jim Robbins, Tormenta FC’s USL W League Head Coach
With Tormenta FC, Packard played an important role in the team’s success after orchestrating a masterclass in the midfield. Packard helped the team stay composed and structured through the regular season and the W League Playoffs. Packard appeared in thirteen games for Tormenta FC in 2022, registering a goal in Tormenta FC’s dominating 8-0 win against SC United Bantams in the final game of the regular season. During the playoffs, Packard played every minute of all three rounds, helping South Georgia both on the offensive and defensive ends.
Packard, a graduate of the University of the Pacific, played 85 games for the Pacific program across all competitions. WIth Pacific, Packard contributed seven goals and eleven assists with her most productive season coming in 2022, when she scored four and assisted six times.
Packard heads overseas to join Fortuna, one of the winningest clubs in Danish women’s football. Fortuna finished third in the 2022-23 Kvindeligaen regular season, which automatically qualified the team to the championship round. Fortuna will also partake in the Danish Women’s Cup, where they have been matched up against Brøndby IF.
In June of 2021, Tormenta FC was named a founding member of the USL W League, an elite pre-professional pathway for women looking to build their careers both on and off the pitch. Tormenta FC won its first-ever USL W League title in 2022 after defeating the Minnesota Aurora in front of 6,500 fans in Eagan, Minnesota.
Tormenta FC provides an opportunity for local and national players to develop and start their professional careers in Statesboro, Georgia. In just one year, Tormenta FC’s USL W League team has produced five professional players with Jenae Packard joining Emily Burke, Kelly Giddes, Abigail Wolf and Jodi Medina as the latest player to sign a contract in Europe.
To stay up to date on Tormenta FC’s new women’s team, fans can follow Tormenta Women on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To learn more about the USL W League, visit USLWLeague.com or follow the W League on Twitter at @USLWLeague.
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