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Gannon men (1); Gannon women (1)


Point Park men (1)


Robert Morris women (1)


Mercyhurst men (1); Point Park men (1)


Point Park men (1)


California men (3); California women (5); Duquesne men (2); Duquesne women (1); Edinboro women (1); Gannon men (1); Gannon women (3); Mercyhurst men (2); Mercyhurst women (2); Penn State women (2); Pitt women (2); Point Park men (2); Robert Morris men (6); Robert Morris women (4); Seton Hill men (7); Seton Hill women (2); Slippery Rock men (3); West Virginia women (3)


Duquesne men (1); Duquesne women (1); Seton Hill women (1); Washington & Jefferson men (1)

Costa Rica

Penn State women (1)


Gannon men (1)

Czech Republic

California men (1)

El Salvador

Seton Hill men (1)


Gannon men (1); Mercyhurst men (1); Penn State men (1); Point Park men (3); Point Park women (1); Seton Hill men (1); Slippery Rock women (1); Slippery Rock men (3); Westminster men (1); West Virginia men (1)


Mercyhurst men (2); Pitt women (1); Point Park men (1)


Penn State men (1); West Virginia men (1)


Point Park men (1)


California men (1); Penn State men (1); Pitt men (1)


Point Park men (1)


Waynesburg men (1)


Mercyhurst men (2)


Gannon men (1); Mercyhurst men (1)


Slippery Rock women (1); Slippery Rock men (1)

Isle of Man

Pitt men (1)


La Roche men (1); Point Park men (1)


Robert Morris men (4); West Virginia men (1)


Mercyhurst men (2)

New Zealand

West Virginia men (3)

Northern Ireland

Mercyhurst women (1)


Point Park men (1)


Point Park women (1)


Mercyhurst men (1)


Mercyhurst men (1)


La Roche men (1)

Saudi Arabia

La Roche men (1)


California men (1); Mercyhurst men (2); Pitt men (1); Point Park men (1)

South Africa

Gannon men (7)

South Korea

Point Park women (1)


Mercyhurst women (1)


Point Park men (1)


Duquesne men (2); Mercyhurst men (1); Robert Morris women (1)


Point Park men (1); Waynesburg men (1)


West Virginia men (1)

— Tribune-Review research

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 12:38 a.m.

Emer Flatley's first visit to Slippery Rock came in the middle of the night in the summer of 2009, on her first trip to America.

The drive there with coach Noreen Herlihy gave her a taste of the small town she's made home the last four years.

“She was like, ‘All right, girls. This is Main Street. Blink and you'll miss it,' ” Flatley said. “We're thinking, ‘Yeah yeah, ha ha. It's probably going to be huge.' And we got to the end of Main Street, and we were like, ‘Oh, wow, she wasn't kidding.' ”

The 18-year-old from Galway, Ireland, had been recruited for the women's soccer team without ever seeing the campus.

“It was like this big adventure,” Flatley said. “I always wanted to play soccer in America. I always wanted to live in America. My first couple of years were just brilliant.”

Now she's one of three players from Galway on the team, joined by sophomore forward Lucy Hannon, the team's leading scorer, and senior Kara Mullins.

Slippery Rock, which won the PSAC tournament, received the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic Region of the NCAA Division II tourney and will play No. 4 seed Edinboro at 2 p.m. Friday at California (Pa.)

“Soccer, literally, has opened up hundreds of doors for me over in America,” Flatley said, “without a doubt.”

— Mike Palm

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