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Force 3 UMBC Athlete of the Week: Mary Hearin
Mary Hearin scored two goals last weekend en route to earning Force 3 UMBC Athlete of the Week honors.
By Tim Conway, UMBC Athletic Communications
Name: Mary Hearin
Sport/Position: Women’s Soccer/Midfield
Last Week: 2 goals, 4 points, 1 GWG - 1 game-winning goal vs.
Season Stats: 3 goals, 6 points, 1 GWG.
Retrievers Last Week: 2-0-0 - Defeated
Season Record: 3-2-1
After scoring in each of the last two games, fifth-year senior midfielder Mary Hearin has been named the Force 3 UMBC Athlete of the Week.
Hearin, a native of North Potomac, Md., scored the game-winner against
A tri-captain, Hearin opened up the scoring to break a scoreless tie against the Owls, firing a shot from 25 yards out after a throw-in at the 11:11 mark.
The goal would be counted as the game-winner, as
The day between games, UMBC first-year head coach Tara Koleski and assistant coach Mike Barroqueiro stressed the importance of maintaining attack during the entire 90 minutes and keeping the pressure on. The idea stuck as the Retrievers out-shot the Highlanders 8-2 and recorded three goals in the second half.
One of those three goals came as Hearin, a first-year historical studies graduate student, converted off a pass from Young at in the 74th, less than a minute and a half after Young scored on a penalty kick, to make the game 4-1 in favor of UMBC.
“Mary is a smart player,” Barroqueiro said. “She is a leader and sets an example of what to do on the field. She has great vision of the field – she always knows where she has to be and what she has to do and, as can be seen from her goals against Radford and
Hearin currently ranks third in the America East Conference standings in points per game (1.00) and in goals per game (0.50). Her three goals and six points are both career highs and can partially be attributed to her position change this season.
After three years starting on defense for the Retrievers, Hearin made the switch to midfield when the new coaches implemented a new system of play. But, Hearin says, that’s just fine with her.
“After our first practice in preseason, Mike said they were thinking of moving me up to attacking center mid or forward and I had played those positions in the past with my club team and was actually looking forward to the change,” she said. “It’s very different. There are times when I want to run back and jump in with the defense, but I think in this system of play with a more attacking philosophy, this role suits me.”
Not accustomed to being a scorer, Hearin has embraced her new role with open arms.
“It’s fun [scoring],” she said. “The game against
The Retrievers next travel to