20 Sammy O'Brien
Played in 10 games this season, starting four...recorded her first collegiate goal and assist in a 5-0 win against Chicago State (Sept. 12)...capable of a flip-throw that serves as a set piece for the NIU offense.
WEST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL:
Four-time letter winner and two-time captain ... All-Sectional player in 2013 ... Also member of gymnastics, golf, track, volleyball, and cross country teams throughout middle and high school ... Three-time golf letter winner.
Daughter of Rose and Michael ... Intends to major in chiropractics ... Member of school band for six years ... Daycare volunteer ... Actively cleans up litter in local park ... Enjoys watching movies, singing in the car, and hanging out with friends ... Most admires AlexMorgan because "she is the type of player I strive to be."
COACH ROSS ON O'BRIEN:
"She is a very aggressive forward who can create opportunities for herself and others. Sammy has good speed and a very long throw which we will take advantage of in the attacking third. She is a true competitor who will fit in well with our team."