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.” ••