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Local star continues to score big on the soccer field

Noth­ing but net: Maur­een Hawkins, a Fox Chase nat­ive and Car­din­al Dougherty High gradu­ate, scored 33 ca­reer goals at St. Joseph’s Uni­versity, which ties her with the school re­cord.

She has spent the last eight years col­lect­ing re­cords.

No, Maur­een “Mo” Hawkins is not a disc jockey, nor does she have plans to open her own mu­sic shop. She’s been do­ing her re­cord col­lec­tion on the soc­cer field, where she’s been pil­ing up the goals.

She scored a school-re­cord 112 goals dur­ing her days at Car­din­al Dougherty High School. That re­cord won’t be broken be­cause she was the fi­nal gradu­at­ing class at the school. Her scor­ing spree helped lead the Lady Car­din­als to an un­defeated Blue Di­vi­sion re­cord dur­ing her seni­or sea­son and helped them ad­vance to the quarterfi­nals of the Cath­ol­ic League play­offs.

That’s a great re­cord to post. But it con­tin­ued in col­lege at St. Joseph’s Uni­versity.

This past sea­son, eight of Hawkins’ shots found the back of the net. The last one was ca­reer goal No. 33, which tied her with Jen Pfeif­fer, who gradu­ated in 2012. Goals sev­en and eight were both scored in her fi­nal game of the year, a 3-2 loss to Dayton, the top team in the At­lantic 10 stand­ings.

She came with­in inches of notch­ing a hat trick, which would have broken the school stand­ard and put the Hawks in po­s­i­tion to make the A-10 tour­na­ment. Hawkins sent a pass across the goal­mouth, but two team­mates and the Dayton goalie were un­able to get to it. It nar­rowly missed the post be­fore sail­ing wide.

Scor­ing the goals was fun, but not be­cause she liked the in­di­vidu­al ac­col­ades or get­ting her name in the re­cord books.

“My goal this year was to make the A-10 Tour­na­ment, scor­ing goals was just good if it helped us win,” said Hawkins, who guided the Hawks to a 7-8-3 re­cord over­all, 3-4-1 in con­fer­ence play. “We made the tour­na­ment my ju­ni­or year and I didn’t set a re­cord, and that was a more fun year.

“I was nev­er one to worry about my goals. If we’d go out, my team­mates would be the one to talk about my goals. I wanted to talk about the team be­cause that’s the im­port­ant thing and the team has a lot to do with the goals.”

Hawkins al­ways has been a team-first play­er.

When she looks back at her ca­reer at Dougherty, the first thing she men­tions is the thrill of an un­defeated sea­son. She glosses over her in­di­vidu­al ac­com­plish­ments, which in­clude be­ing named 2009 Cath­ol­ic League MVP, a four-time first team All-Cath­ol­ic se­lec­tion and 42 tal­lies her seni­or year.

“The best part was go­ing up against the big schools in the play­offs,” Hawkins said. “We lost to Wood, but it was fun play­ing the best teams. We knew it was the last year for the school, so we wanted to have a great year and we did. It was fun.”

The same can be said about her time as a Hawk.

“I would have much rather not had many goals and made the tour­na­ment every year,” said Hawkins, who net­ted four game-win­ning goals this past sea­son. “Goals are only fun when they mean you win. That’s the pur­pose of scor­ing goals.”

While stat­ist­ics wer­en’t im­port­ant, sup­port was, and Hawkins had a lot of it. The Fox Chase nat­ive could al­most al­ways look in the stands and see her par­ents, Jim and Kathy. And when they were avail­able, her broth­ers, Jimmy, Mat­thew and An­drew, would show up for the games.

And when he wasn’t busy lead­ing Phil­adelphia Academy Charter School to the Pub­lic League A Di­vi­sion cham­pi­on­ship, her boy­friend, Larry Teal, also was there to make some noise in sup­port of Hawkins.

“I think the only games my par­ents missed were when we were on long road trips to Ohio and In­di­ana­pol­is,” Hawkins said. “They were very sup­port­ive. I think they watched just about all my games in col­lege and high school.

“My broth­ers were busy a lot, but whenev­er they could, they would come down. We’re a close fam­ily, so I al­ways loved hav­ing them there.

“And Larry has been really great. We had fun this year be­cause he had a great year coach­ing.”

Now, Hawkins is look­ing for­ward to her next step.

The com­mu­nic­a­tions ma­jor re­cently de­cided to go to gradu­ate school to study speech patho­logy. But should she get a call to con­tin­ue her soc­cer ca­reer, she would cer­tainly listen.

“My coach and I talked and I’m go­ing to make my­self eli­gible for the draft, but real­ist­ic­ally, I don’t think I’ll get draf­ted,” she said. “People don’t real­ize it, but it’s so hard to play pro soc­cer. And Philly doesn’t have a team, so I might try out for (Sky Blue FC, a pro team based out of Pis­cat­away Town­ship, N.J.).

“But if I don’t play pro­fes­sion­ally, I’ll play on a club team some­where. I can’t see my­self giv­ing it up. I still love it.” ••

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