Boston Breakers defender Mollie Pathman announces retirement at 24
Mollie Pathman (far right) fighting for a shot on goal. Photo: Mike Gridley/Boston Breakers

At age 24, Boston Breakers defender Mollie Pathman announced her retirement. Pathman is retiring to pursue her career in the medical field as she was awarded a scholarship for her education. Pathman had to leave by July and conclude her time as a professional soccer player in order to be able to receive the scholarship. She notified her team of this information this past June, according to a Boston Breakers spokesperson. 

Mollie Pathman has been a steady member of the Breakers since benig drafted. | Boston Breakers

Pathman has been on the Breakers for the past two and a half seasons with a total of 53 caps. In the NWSL 2015 season, she was one of the few Boston Breakers players to play every minute, with a total of 1,800 minutes being played.

"I cannot thank Mollie enough for what she has given the Breakers, the Breakers Academy players, Massachusetts grassroots soccer, and her dedication to growing the 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."

- Lee Billard, Boston Breakers General Manager

Duke Univeristy and a World Cup Champion

With experience playing with the U.S. U-14, U-17, and U-20 teams, Pathman attended Duke Univeristy in Durham, North Carolina where she majored in psychology and holds a markets and management certificate. According to Duke Univeristy, Pathman ranked third in points out of fourteen and tied for sixth in goals. She also tied for seventh on Duke’s all-time charts with five multi-goal performances and her 29 career assists ranked third in Duke history.

Pathman is a World Cup Champion as she participated in the 2012 U-20 FIFA World Cup where the US faced Germany with a 1-0 victory. In April of 2013, Pathman trained with the U.S. U-23 team as well. 

Pathman's final game with the Breakers will take place on July 17, against Sky Blue FC in Allston, Massachusetts at Jordan Field, previously known as Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.