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Transfer forward should help offense

Bemidji State University head soccer coach Jim Stone announced that transfer forward Mary O'Brien has joined the squad.

The Maplewood, Minn. native will join the Beavers for the 2011 season after redshirting during her first collegiate season as a member of the University of Minnesota women's soccer program.

She will have four years of NCAA eligibility remaining and will be able to compete when the team hits the pitch this fall.

"Mary is a very hard-working, competitive player," said Stone.

"We feel confident that our returning group will fill the scoring void left by our 2010 senior class, but we wanted to add one more freshman who was a potential goal-scorer.

"We think she can fill that role," Stone said. "She will greatly enhance our attack and hopefully score a few goals for us over the next four years."

A 2010 graduate of North High School, O'Brien was a two-time All-Classic Suburban selection for the Polars garnering four letters in soccer, while earning five letters in ice hockey and another in track and field. She was also active on the club circuit playing for Oryz/St. Croix Vukovia Premier and St. Croix Arsenal U19 club teams, where she was a part of a 2009 U17 USA Cup Championship and U17 KISS Tournament runner-up squad.

O'Brien also was listed on the North "A" honor roll each of her four years in high school and earned four academic letters.

"Mary is a player who will come in with some great experiences under her belt," Stone said. "She's played at a premier level with her club her entire life and her time at the University of Minnesota was great in terms of training in a really competitive environment with other athletes who are competing at a high level.

"She will push everyone around her and hopefully make us a better team."