July 15, 2016
Breakers' Pathman announces retirement
Boston Breakers defender Mollie Pathman has announced her retirement to pursue a career in the medical field and will play her final game against Sky Blue FC at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Breakers retain the rights to Pathman, who scored her first professional goal in a 2-1 loss to the Orlando Pride Sunday, for one year.
Pathman, a native of Durham, N.C., who played at Duke University, was selected in the third round (No. 23 overall) of the 2014 NWSL College Draft. Pathman appeared in 53 games (50 starts) for the Breakers. Last season, Pathman was one of two Breakers to play every minute of every match (1,800 minutes), tied for first in the NWSL.
“Playing professional soccer has always been a dream of mine,” Pathman said. “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. 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 in a 3-0 loss to Seattle Reign FC at Moda Pitch Field in Seattle April 13, 2014.
“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 some time now,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “Not only is Mollie a great player, someone who has improved so much through her hard 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. I cannot thank Mollie enough for what she has given the Breakers, the Breakers Academy players, Massachusetts grassroots soccer and her dedication to growing 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, appearing in two UEFA Women’s Champions League matches.
Pathman, ranked third on the Duke career list with 29 assists, was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup.