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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-04-2019

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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation @ APRIL 4-10, 2019 CUMBERLAND – It was a little more than a year ago when Stephanie Ribeiro was putting together a solid preseason with the Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) and looking forward to finally mak- ing her professional debut after missing the entire 2017 season with a knee injury. The former Cumberland High All-State and University of Connecticut All-American striker eventually made her pro debut later that spring, but she did so on the other side of the globe in Norway for a team in the Toppserien, the country's top tier of women's soc- cer. The adjustment not only to a new league, but also to a new culture was tough at first for the 24-year- old player, and so has a stress reac- tion in her lower back this spring that has sidelined her for the past six weeks and prevented her from taking the field with her new club, Avaldsnes Idrettslag, but Ribeiro's kept her head up and stayed posi- tive and optimistic. "Honestly, right now, I'm over- joyed," Ribeiro said last Friday night. "I'm on a good club and it's awesome. I'm really enjoying it, and the girls are great. The club did struggle last year, but this year seems different, and the girls and coaches are hopeful for this sea- son." Ribeiro spoke about her experi- ences from the past year, as well Ribeiro takes her game to Norway Former Cumberland High All-State soccer player eyes first game with Avaldsnes Idrettslag's first-tier club By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor Cumberland's STEPHANIE RIBEIRO, center, shown posing for a picture with some of her Avaldsnes Idrettslag teammates, has been sidelined with a lower back injury, but hopes to make her debut with the Norwegian team in a couple of weeks. See RIBEIRO, Page 20 2 Meehan Lane Cumberland, RI P 401-658-2525 Office Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Alternate Saturday Hours 747 Victory Highway, RI North Smithfield, RI P 401-769-7075 Office Hours Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Blackstone Valley Pediatrics Delivering Exceptional Care through every stage Welcoming New Patients Newborn to 17 Most Health Plans Accepted Klibanoff Eye Associates Welcomes Dr. Mona Aoude Klibanoff Now accepting New Patients 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Dr. Klibanoff specializes in primary eye care including comprehensive eye exams, treatment of ocular diseases, glasses and contact lens service, and the pre and post operative management of cataract and LASIK surgery patients. Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Monday

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