Lisa Philbin Heads to Sweden to Play Professional Soccer
July 17, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Former Marquette University women’s soccer player Lisa Philbin has been given the opportunity to continue her soccer career in the Swedish professional league with Kvarnsveden IK. She will begin training with the team immediately with the first game scheduled in August.
“Playing professional soccer was my dream as a little girl,” said Philbin, “but it was never really on my mind in college until spring of my graduating year. I just wasn’t ready to be done playing.”
Philbin contacted an agent that many former MU women’s soccer grads have used in their process to play overseas to help her in her search. In June, the Landsdale, Pa., native heard that Kvarnsveden IK out of Sweden was interested in having her play on their team.
The midfielder/forward ended her college career with a successful rap sheet, winning four-straight BIG EAST Conference titles and four consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament including two Sweet 16 appearances. Her senior year, she scored the game-winning goal in MU’s first round game of the NCAA tournament to beat Illinois State. Philbin finished her career with seven goals, ten assists and 24 points in 85 games.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Lisa and we congratulate her on following her dream of playing professional soccer,” head coach Markus Roeders said. “The combination of playing abroad and getting to experience some travel and new cultures is right up her ally. As a program, we try to keep fueling our players passion for the game and make them better players so they can excel and have opportunities as a pro.”
Philbin will play overseas with Kvarnsveden IK from July until the season ends in October. “I’m so excited,” said Philbin. “It’s been a whirlwind process but I had a great agent and I listened to what he said. I just want to get out there and start playing and make some memories."