Mauri’s Soccer Engine Keeps Running

UMass Dartmouth girls’ soccer team welcomes new commit Ava Mauri


Mauri visiting UMass Dartmouth


Nicknamed “The Train” by her middle school soccer coach, her fearless and unwaveringly determined play style is not for the faint of heart. Once she locks eyes with her downfield target, you can bet that she’ll run straight towards (and sometimes through) her opponent to get the goal.

Meet senior Ava Mauri, a cheerful and energetic student-athlete who recently committed to play soccer at UMass Dartmouth. Mauri’s soccer journey began back in third grade, when she played for the Salem youth soccer league. She squeezed her way onto Southeast Soccer.

“When I joined my first premier team, I was still kind of bad. Fun fact, the only reason they took me was because they made no cuts. But from then on I just kept getting better and better,” said Mauri. Mauri joined the ELHS girls’ soccer team her freshman year.

“I got pulled up to varsity half way through my freshman year soccer season. Just as I was adjusting to the freshman team, I found myself surrounded by seniors,” said Mauri. Unfortunately, Mauri’s success was halted by an ankle injury, which sidelined her for her entire sophomore year.

Upon return, getting back on track was an arduous process.

“Coming back from the injury was difficult. It took me a while to adjust to my junior season. I struggled with confidence a little bit. It took me a half a season to finally get my confidence back,” said Mauri.

Despite her injury, Mauri’s love for soccer remained. She describes the soccer field as a place to destress from the anxieties of everyday life.

“It’s kind of cliché, but it’s true. If I’m stressed about something I can just go out onto the field. It comes naturally to me. I just forget about everything and focus on what I’m doing,” said Mauri.

Mauri initiated contact with UMass Dartmouth soccer during her junior year. She wanted a close-to-home NCAA Division III school.

“The UMass Dartmouth girls seem like a really close team. It’s a really positive environment. They always go up to the goalie and tell her good job even if the opposing team scored on her,” said Mauri.

Bobby Desilets, the head girls soccer coach at UMass Dartmouth, shares the opinion that Mauri is “like a train.” “Ava has a great motor and can get all over the field. She keeps the ball moving and always seems to find the right pass,” said Coach Desilets.

This past fall sports season, Mauri switched to cross country.

“I’d always be looking at the cross country team and be like ‘you guys look like you’re having so much fun.’ It was really appealing to me. I realized I really did like running and I wanted to do cross country,” Mauri said.

Mauri will resume her soccer career this winter on CT Rush’s premier team.

“Collegiate soccer is something I’ve always wanted to do. I didn’t want to start college with a blank slate. . . I’ve always liked soccer, and I think having that outlet going into college is going to be helpful if the transition is rough. I’ll always have soccer there for me,” Mauri said.