By: Bryan Giese
Mary Beth Sullivan was one of the first women to be announced as a member of the inaugural Milwaukee Torrent Women’s Team for 2018. Mary Beth is originally from Greensboro, NC, but moved to Asheviile, NC about 8 years ago. She played soccer at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk while obtaining her degree in art and design.
“My dad always jokes that I majored in playing soccer,” laughs Mary Beth.
After debating what to do after her 2013 graduation, Mary Beth decided on an art education certificate and ESL (English as a second language) certification from UW-Milwaukee.
“I feel at home in Milwaukee, and it feels like the right time to get back into school,” says Mary Beth.
Mary Beth recently sat down to share her thoughts about her soccer career and the upcoming season with the Milwaukee Torrent.
Judging by the players that are announced to the roster already, what do you feel is the biggest advantage this team will have?
Mary Beth: “I feel like there is a good mix of experience throughout the team. We have girls who are still going strong in college and those of us who have been playing for many years since college. The coaching staff has worked hard to recruit girls who are technically sound and all around smart players.”
What would be the goal for you to make the 2018 season a success?
MB: “Everyone wants to do well in their inaugural season and we are no different. I want to take the chemistry and positive relationships that we are already building before season and carry that into the beginning of our season. Starting strong will be key to having a successful season, and I think we have the potential to make a huge impact on the WPSL.”
Who has been the biggest inspiration to your soccer career and why?
MB: “My parents, hands down have been a driving force in my life. They have allowed me to play at every level and are always the most positive people. Playing wise, Tobin Heath has always been one of my favorite players for her creativeness on the ball and how smart she is on the field.”
What does being a part of the highest level of any women’s sport in the state mean to you?
MB: “Making the Torrent women’s team is an absolute dream, especially for someone who thought co-ed soccer was the only competitive outlet in the area. Women’s soccer is growing in the United States, and it’s an amazing opportunity to be on the forefront of something as impactful as this team.”