(Nov. 5, 2014) - Boston Breakers forward Mollie Pathman got a taste of what few players experience in their professional careers.
(Nov. 5, 2014) - Boston Breakers forward Mollie Pathman got a taste of what few players experience in their professional careers. After her rookie season with the Breakers, Pathman went abroad to play for Cypriot First Division champions Apollon Limassol in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“It was awesome to be a part of the Champions League,” Pathman said. “It was a lot of fun to be able to play in one of the top and most respected club tournaments in the world. It was also fun to experience international soccer on the club level. I really enjoyed getting to play on a team with people of all different nationalities and backgrounds. Everyone had their own skills and styles, and it was great getting to learn from each other.”
Apollon Limassol lost to Brøndby IF, 3-2 on aggregate, in the Round of 32. After a 1-0 win Oct. 8 at Tsirion Stadium in Limassol, Apollon lost, 3-1, on Oct. 16 at Brøndby. Pathman played 90 minutes in both games. She also played in scrimmages against local boys’ teams leading up to the matches against Brøndby.
“Brøndby was a great team, and unfortunately we did not advance, but it was a great experience and was a very competitive game,” Pathman said. At our home game, we had probably 500 to 1,000 people there. The game was broadcast on national TV in Cyprus, so I think a lot more watched.”
Pathman certainly enjoyed her time in Cyprus, both on and off the field.
Mollie Pathman in action this past season against Portland Thorns (Photo by Mike Gridley)
“Almost everywhere we went in Cyprus, people would recognize us as being Apollon Ladies,” Pathman said. “We were welcome and praised by these soccer fans.”
Pathman also kept up on her studies, when she wasn’t sightseeing in Cyprus.
“I am taking a physics class online, so I had homework and tests to take while I was away,” she said. “But most days we were able to go to the beach or explore before or after practice. My favorite food there was definitely souvlaki, which is similar to a gyro, with halumi, a Cypriot cheese that you can grill without it melting, vegetables, feta sauce, potatoes in a pita. Also, the Greek salads were amazing.”
At Apollon Limassol, Pathman played alongside Lianne Sanderson as well as goalkeeper Hayley Kopmeyer of Seattle Reign FC.