Breakers defender Mollie Pathman announces retirement

(July 15, 2016) – Boston Breakers defender Mollie Pathman has announced her retirement to pursue a career in the medical field. Pathman will play her final game on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. ET against Sky Blue FC. The Breakers retain Pathman’s rights for one year.

(July 15, 2016) – Boston Breakers defender Mollie Pathman has announced her retirement to pursue a career in the medical field. Pathman will play her final game on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. ET against Sky Blue FC. The Breakers retain Pathman’s rights for one year.

A native of Durham, N.C., Pathman played two and a half seasons for the Breakers after being selected in the third round (No. 23 overall) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft. The former Duke University star appeared in 53 games (50 starts) for the Breakers. In 2015, Pathman was one of only two Breakers to play every minute of every match (1,800 minutes), which ranked her tied for first in the NWSL.

“Playing professional soccer has always been a dream of mine. I am so thankful to the Boston Breakers and the NWSL for helping to make this dream a reality. It has been an honor to represent the Breakers the past three years, and I want to thank my Breakers teammates, staff, and the organization for everything they have done for me over this time,” Pathman said. “I also want to thank my TFC (Triangle Futbol Club) and Duke teammates and coaches and especially my family for their support and guidance, without which this opportunity would not have been possible. While it is incredibly difficult decision to step away from soccer, I am excited to be starting physical therapy this August and to pursue new dreams and aspirations.”

Pathman made her professional debut on April 13, 2014 in a 3-0 loss to Seattle Reign FC at Moda Pitch Field in Seattle. She had one goal and one assist in her career. Her first career goal came Sunday, July 10, 2016, in a 2-1 loss on the road against the Orlando Pride.

“It is very sad to see Mollie leave the game, but I am excited about her future in an industry she has wanted to get into for sometime now. Not only is Mollie a great player, someone who has improved so much through her had work and attitude, but she is an incredible person. She has given so much to our organization, on and off the field, and done so with great passion and pride,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “I cannot thank Mollie enough for what she has given the Breakers, the Breakers Academy players, Massachusetts grassroots soccer and her dedication to growing the women’s soccer in general. An extremely clever lady who I know will have a fantastic future and be very successful with her future endeavors. She will be deeply missed.”

After the 2014 season, Pathman went on loan to Cypriot First Division champions Apollon Limassol, where she appeared in two UEFA Women’s Champions League matches.

Prior to joining the Breakers, Pathman starred at Duke University. Her 29 career assists rank third in Duke history. Pathman was a member of the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team in 2012 that won the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Following Sunday’s game against Sky Blue FC, the Breakers return to action Sunday, July 31 (6 p.m. ET) against the Orlando Pride. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.

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