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Into the Sunset: Midfielder Mariah Bullock Retires

The Reign's first offseason roster change sees their midfield super-sub leaving the game to pursue a degree.

Bullock gives a ride to teammate Merritt Mathias
Bullock gives a ride to teammate Merritt Mathias
Mike Russell

After three years in the league and two years with the Reign (one as Mariah Nogueira), defensive midfielder Mariah Bullock is calling it a career at age 24. She's leaving the game to pursue a PhD in Psychology at BYU, so it's hard to begrudge her that choice.

Bullock joined the team as part of the post-2013 roster overhaul, acquired from Boston in exchange for two third-round picks. Those two picks became Jazmine Reeves, who retired after one season, and WSU's Nicole Setterlund, who retired shortly after the draft due to a history of concussions. Bullock became a rock-solid holding midfielder. Behind the all-star starting pair of Keelin Winters and Jess Fishlock, she didn't find many starts but was a frequent late-game substitute brought in to help hold onto the Reign's (frequent) leads. She ends her Reign career with 28 appearances, 10 starts, and this one beautiful goal, which capped off the playoff semifinal win against Washington.

“I really want to thank everyone at Reign FC, as well as other players, coaches, and staff that I’ve played with over the years, for helping me create a career I can look back on with pride and smiles," said Bullock in the team release. "Each one of you has helped shape me and have contributed to the beautiful memories that I’ll keep in my heart forever.”

Bullock now moves to Utah to live full time with her new husband, attend school, and is "eagerly looking for a coed soccer team to join.” So if you play rec soccer around Provo, watch out.

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