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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-04-2019

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20 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 4-10, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION as a project she plans to do once she returns home this summer dur- ing a two-month break, because of the FIFA Women's World Cup that begins in June in France, and she talked about the long road that took her from the Pacific Northwest to the northern part of Europe. Drafted in the second round, with the 17th overall pick, of the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Draft by FC Kansas City in 2017, Ribeiro's season ended before her initial workouts with her new team began when she tore her ACL during a low-key intra-squad scrimmage with her UConn teammates. Ribeiro spent the rest of the year working hard during her rehab ses- sions with UConn's athletic training staff, as well as serving as a volunteer assistant coach with the Huskies and a Premier girls' soccer team in Mansfield, Conn. But just when it appeared she was going to re-sign with Kansas City in tip-top shape, the team folded that November. Ribeiro soon latched onto Seattle as a non-roster invitee to last spring's preseason camp, but when she wasn't offered a contract, her agent found her a place to play with Idrettsklubben Grand Bodø in the Toppserien, which was coming off an 11th-place finish in 2017 and was mired near the bottom of the stand- ings again. "It was such a hard transition, going to a new team and a new culture," added Ribeiro. "And I was coming in midway through the season and the club had only won one of their 12 games. Spirits were already down, and it was hard. Going there wasn't ideal, and it wasn't what I wanted in the moment, but it kind of grounded me a little and it made me a little more humble, and I think I learned a lot about myself and what I needed to do." Idrettsklubben Grand Bodø eventu- ally finished the season in 12th place with its second straight 2-18-2 record and were relegated to the second division, but Ribeiro ended up stay- ing in the Toppserien when her agent helped find her a new home with Avaldsnes Idrettslag, which is situ- ated in Rogaland, a county in western Norway. Unfotunately for Ribeiro, her lower back injury has kept her on the out- side looking in, but she's only had to miss a few friendlies and the team's first two regular-season games. She's hoping to be back in action in a couple of weeks, but she might need a little bit longer to return to the pitch. "(The team) said six to eight weeks, and I'm already on my sixth week," she remarked. "There's been some improvement, but I'm in a decent amount of pain. Basically I'm in the gym everyday. I just started running two weeks ago, kind of on and off every other day or whenever I just don't feel pain, and it's been good. I'm doing more strength workouts because being out for so long, I kind of lost some fitness and some strength in my legs and I'm trying to build that back up." As for adjusting to her new sur- roundings, she's done a lot better since her introduction to Norweigan culture, but don't expect her to pick up the language anytime soon. "I know things like 'thank you' and 'no', but it's a hard language," she said. "I was going to take classes, but everyone I spoke to said, 'Oh, good luck.' It's super hard to learn, and every region you go to in the country, people speak differently." "But we're mostly international players," Ribeiro added. "And mostly all the Norweigans speak English – some are more comfortable than others. And we have some Brazilians on the team too, so I'm their transla- tor and it's nice to be able to speak Portuguese." When Ribeiro returns to Rhode Island in early June, she will set her sights on running the inaugural Steph Ribeiro Soccer Clinic for play- ers ages 8-14, which will take place on Monday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at Tucker Field. The clinic, which is $75 to attend and sponsored by Bayside/Lusitana FC, will fea- ture drills and performance training (speed, agility, and strength) from Ribeiro and her staff. "I have a pretty decent amount of coaching experience under my belt, but I've never done anything on my own like this," she said. "I just want to kind of use my platform to help kids, and I think it will be a good test to see what I can do as a coach. It should be cool." Players can visit www.lusitanasports. org to register or email Ribeiro at stephanie.ribeiro63@yahoo.com for more information. RIBEIRO From Page 18 Ex-Cumberland High All-State and University of Connecticut All-American soccer player STEPHANIE RIBEIRO, who is playing for Avaldsnes Idrettslag in the top tier of women's soccer in Norway, will be returning to Cumberland in June to run the inaugural Steph Ribeiro Soccer Clinic for play- ers ages 8-14, which will take place June 24 at Tucker Field. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 www.knockonwoodfurnitureri.com Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. FREE 4 Peg CoAt BoARd With any purchase Blow out Floor inventory tag Sale (on selected items) Limited time OnLy! Save up to 50% oFF retail! Storage Beds • Dressers • Hutches Flat Screen TV Bases & More! THE ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD Aside from decreasing the deductible on homeowners insurance, there are other steps that policyholders can take to save money. 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