By: Nastassja Posso
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – If there is any Purple Eagle that has given people a lot to talk about this season, it’s Annie Ibey. Ibey, a freshman on the women’s soccer team, has been earning some heavy titles ranging from MAAC nominations to nationwide recognition. Ibey has seven goals and three assists through 15 games, and is ranked third in the nation with her four game-winning goals. As if being third in the nation wasn’t enough, Ibey has already been named MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this season.
Her love for the sport is undeniable on the field, she aspires to be like her high school soccer coach which also happens to be a Niagara Women’s soccer alumni. Ibey discovered Niagara through her former coach, Amber Niece. Amber has played a big part in her transition from high school to college soccer.
“Amber [Niece] is one of my biggest role models, she still gives me pointers and advice which is really helpful.” Ibey said.
Ibey admits that the college soccer is much different from what she was used to with high school and club. Something that was new to her was competing for your own team. Despite her great season to date, she admits that she definitely still has room for improvement.
“I think I can definitely work on crashing the net more and getting back.” Ibey said.
Ibey started playing soccer at a very young age. Although she was just placed into it at first, she developed a passion for the sport. Her favorite thing about the soccer is that it keeps her mind off of things going on. Annie’s motivation partly comes from the memory of her aunt who recently passed away from cancer.
“When I’m on the field I am not stressing about school or anything.” she said.
Ibey is nervous and excited for the games remaining, but is looking forward to see how far the team can get this season.
“I think if we just play our game and not let the rival fans get to us, we should be fine,” Ibey said. “I am excited for my next 3 years at NU.”
Statistics as of October 14, 2018.