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Irish eyes aplenty for Slippery Rock women's soccer

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From Australia to Zimbabwe

International students come from all over the world to play college soccer in and around Western Pennsylvania:

Australia

Gannon men (1); Gannon women (1)

Austria

Point Park men (1)

Belgium

Robert Morris women (1)

Brazil

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

Cameroon

Point Park men (1)

Canada

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)

Colombia

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

Costa Rica

Penn State women (1)

Croatia

Gannon men (1)

Czech Republic

California men (1)

El Salvador

Seton Hill men (1)

England

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)

Finland

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

France

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

Gambia

Point Park men (1)

Germany

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

Ghana

Point Park men (1)

Guatemala

Waynesburg men (1)

Honduras

Mercyhurst men (2)

Iceland

Gannon men (1); Mercyhurst men (1)

Ireland

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

Isle of Man

Pitt men (1)

Italy

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

Jamaica

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

Kenya

Mercyhurst men (2)

New Zealand

West Virginia men (3)

Northern Ireland

Mercyhurst women (1)

Palestine

Point Park men (1)

Panama

Point Park women (1)

Peru

Mercyhurst men (1)

Romania

Mercyhurst men (1)

Rwanda

La Roche men (1)

Saudi Arabia

La Roche men (1)

Scotland

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

South Africa

Gannon men (7)

South Korea

Point Park women (1)

Spain

Mercyhurst women (1)

Sudan

Point Park men (1)

Sweden

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

Venezuela

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

Zimbabwe

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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