Marshfield’s Kara Webber earns dual honors at Eastern Nazarene College
Seventeen points in a four-game span earned Eastern Nazarene College senior forward Kara Webber of Marshfield a pair of player-of-the-week honors.
Her scoring outburst, which helped the women’s soccer team win three of the four games, included a rapid-fire three goals in four minutes in a 5-0 nonconference victory over Regis. Webber netted two goals and one assist in a 5-0 shutout of Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Curry and added four assists and a goal in nonconference matchups against Mitchell and Newbury.
“Kara’s relentless and she’s improved every year,’’ said Eastern Nazarene coach Steve Hamilton. “She strikes the ball with her left foot as well as any player I’ve ever seen.
“She’s always double-teamed and still finds her teammates with a pass, something she’s done even better this season.’’
With a career-high 13 goals, Webber was one shy of the program’s single-season record going into yesterday’s game against visiting Western New England. The Lions (7-4-1) had already broken the school record for wins, set last year.
“It’s great to reflect on how much our program has improved since my freshman year,’’ said Webber, a captain who was named the conference’s Women’s Soccer Player of the Week and the ECAC’s Offensive Player of the Week. “I could see in preseason we had a better team chemistry.’’
Webber has scored in double figures three consecutive years: She had 11 goals and two assists last season when she was a conference second-team pick, and 12 goals and four assists as a sophomore.
At Marshfield High, Webber was an Eastern Mass. and Old Colony League All-Star. As a freshman in 2004, she started at forward on a squad that won the league title and advanced to the state final.
However, Webber, who had also played on several club and traveling teams, wasn’t sure if she would continue playing.
She briefly attended college in North Carolina, then transferred to Eastern Nazarene, where her former high school teammate, Ali Polcari, was a freshman on the varsity women’s soccer team.
“Ali knew things hadn’t worked out for me and said the soccer team had been hit with injuries and that I could help them,’’ said Webber. “Coach Hamilton also called me and said I was welcome to be part of the program. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.’’
*Story courtesy of The Boston Globe South Edition, Sunday, October 2nd, 2011.