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Mollie Pathman to retire after Sunday’s match

Mollie Pathman is leaving professional soccer to pursue a career in the medical field (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Mollie Pathman is leaving professional soccer to pursue a career in the medical field (photo copyright EriMac Photo for The Equalizer)

Mollie Pathman will retire from professional soccer following Sunday’s Boston Breakers home match against Sky Blue FC. Pathman, a graduate of Duke, will pursue a career in the medical field.

“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 as part of an announcement released by the Breakers on Friday.

Pathman’s retirement is another blow to the 1-10-1 Breakers who are threatening to become the first team in any iteration of women’s professional soccer in the United States to finish bottom of the table in consecutive seasons. Originally selected No. 23 by the Breakers in 2014 Pathman established herself as a serviceable left back and wound up playing every minute of the 2015 season. This season she has started all but one Breakers match and enters Sunday having made 33 consecutive appearances for the club.

“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,” Breakers general manager Lee Billard said.

Last weekend Pathman, playing a higher role than usual, scored her first professional goal when she stayed with a ball that looked to be headed for the safety of Pride goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage. When Savage bobbled it Pathman took a touch and then slotted it into an empty goal. It nearly stood up as the match winner until the Pride scored two late goals to snatch all three points.

For her career, all with the Breakers, Pathman started in 49 of her 53 appearances for a total of 4,294 minutes. She has an assist to go with last weekend’s goal and has only been cautioned twice. For this season Pathman has committed just one foul.

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