Playing collegiate sports in itself is a rewarding experience, but to be able to travel abroad and play competitively is a dream come true.
Sophomore women’s soccer player Marissa Carlyle is living that dream: jetting off to Dublin, Ireland to attend the University College of Dublin, where she will have the opportunity to play soccer with their club team. “Just studying abroad is a dream, but to play the sport I love internationally is just something I never thought I would get to do,” said Carlyle.
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After she had applied for the study abroad and was accepted for the spring semester, Carlyle saw that the university had a club team she could play on. “I saw that I had this opportunity and I knew I had to take it,” said Carlyle. She had to check NCAA compliance rules first to see if this was even a possibility. Carlyle was able to get clearance from the NCAA to play in Dublin. “It was a bit of a process to get everything approved and worked out, but I know it will be worth it to have this experience, ” said Carlyle.
Carlyle, a defender from California, played in 16 games this season for the Cardinals and started in eight games. She plays a key role in their defense and could be a great addition to the University College of Dublin club soccer team.