Our senior Lady Rebels forward Mo Obiri was featured in the Trib, not only for her role with our team, but for her passion for soccer.
Check out the story, written by TribLIVE's Ray Fisher
Seton LaSalle soccer standout Mofoluke Obiri won't celebrate her 17th birthday until next week.
But she already is a world traveler.
Obiri, a senior forward, was born in the city of Sarnia in Ontario, Canada. When she was around 8 years old, she moved with her family to the city of Kuala in Lumpur, Malaysia, where she lived for almost two years.
"One of my favorite memories of Malaysia was during fourth grade when my class went camping on the hillside near Genting Highlands," Obiri said. "Camping on the hills was surreal and fun. On top of that, the last morning of our trip, we ran out of food, so we were all treated to a meal at a Five-Star restaurant at the nearby resort."
Following her stay in Malaysia, Obiri lived in Mount Pleasant, Mich., for three-and-a-half years, then moved to the Pittsburgh area prior to her freshman year at Seton LaSalle.
A common denominator behind all those years of traveling was the game of soccer.
Obiri, whose nicknamed "Mo," grew up playing soccer.
"I've played soccer from pretty much when I learned to walk," Obiri said. "I began by playing in the back yard with my dad and my sister, then as I grew older I joined more competitive teams. What I really enjoy about soccer is the discipline, team environment and leadership skills required to play at a high level. I've also learned priceless lessons from the best soccer coaches. They taught me how not to let losses get you sidetracked, how not to get conceited with success, and to never be complacent with where you are. Consistent practice and discipline will get you winning.
"I also love soccer because of the relationships I have gained through it. My teammates have become some of my closest friends, and it makes it more fun to play a sport that you love if you love your team."
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