Veronica Napoli, who holds Northeastern’s all-​​time women’s soccer scoring record with 36 goals and 89 points, has signed a con­tract to play for the Boston Breakers, a pro­fes­sional club in the Women’s Pre­mier Soccer League Elite.

She scored the first goal in league his­tory and added an assist in her pro­fes­sional debut on May 10 against the Chesa­peake Charge at Anne Arundel Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Arnold, Md.

I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” Napoli said of her strong debut per­for­mance. “I was ner­vous because I found out I was in the starting lineup a couple of hours before the game. When I scored, I was focusing more on doing well and not screwing up.”

North­eastern soccer coach Tracey Leone, who got her first glimpse of the speedy striker as an opposing coach on the Har­vard side­lines five years ago, encour­aged Napoli to try out for the Breakers.

According to her prac­ticed eye, Napoli, who com­pleted her final year of col­le­giate ath­letic eli­gi­bility last season, has the speed, skills and pas­sion for the game to com­pete along­side North America’s top stars.

I think Veronica could play for a very long time if that’s what she chooses to do,” Leone said.

Napoli’s goal in her pro­fes­sional debut should help the young star build con­fi­dence in playing against sea­soned vet­erans, she noted.

It lifts a weight off your shoul­ders when you go into a pro­fes­sional envi­ron­ment where the demands are higher and you score so early on,” Leone explained. “It couldn’t have hap­pened at a better time.”

Kris­tine Lilly, an assis­tant coach with the Breakers who played for the United States women’s national soccer team for 24 years, offered Napoli an impor­tant piece of advice: According to Napoli, the national star told her to “play as much soccer as pos­sible both before and after practice.”

It’s really inspiring because she obvi­ously knows the game and brings so much insight,” Napoli added.

In the fall, Napoli will return to North­eastern to begin her senior year.

Leone would like the pro­lific scorer to become her club’s stu­dent assis­tant coach. “Just having her at prac­tice and playing against our team would make us better,” she said. “Veronica is such a pleasant person and we would love having her around.”