More to life than soccer for ‘DJ M Eddy’

By MaryKate McCann
October 18, 2011

Maddy Edwards is a junior goalkeeper/midfielder for the Cavaliers. -- Jenay Smith / Photo Editor

‘DJ M Eddy,’ better known as elementary education major Maddy Edwards, is the last one who can prevent her opponents from scoring and the first one to be killing it on the turntables.

Edwards started her soccer career at the age of 5 and has been going at it ever since. Not only did she play soccer, but she has played basketball, lacrosse and track and field as well. Experiencing different sports helped her find her love for the game of soccer.

“I can’t wait for the MLS playoff season,” Edwards said. “My favorite soccer player is Hope Solo. She is an amazing athlete and most of all an amazing goalkeeper.”

Edwards remembers how she originally discovered Cabrini College.

“One day I received an email from Coach Ken [Prothero] and became interested in visiting the campus,” Edwards said. “From there, I knew this place was for me.”

Outside of school, the Dixon Center and of course, disc jockeying, she coaches a soccer team called Barcelona. With Barcelona, she educates 9-year-old girls on how to play the game of soccer while teaching them the basics and improving their skills. On top of all that, she babysits an 8-year-old autistic boy who has changed the way she looks at the world.

“I am a very big advocate for kids with autism,” Edwards said. “I work with his family to organize their fundraiser, ‘Team Louis,’ to find a cure for autism.”

Edwards’ parents have been there for her since day one. “They have given up so much to give my brother and I great lives and to ensure I was getting the right skills and coaching,” Edwards said.

Assistant soccer coach Jess Huda described Edwards as one of the most versatile players she knows. Huda has been with the Cavaliers as an assistant coach for 11 years.

“Since freshman year, Maddy has played literally every position on the field,” Huda said.

As a freshman, Edwards recorded nine points with four goals and one assist. She received CSAC Honorable Mention and was an All-Academic honoree.

Edwards lived on campus her freshman and sophomore years but moved to Conshohocken, Pa., her junior year. As for her approach off the field, teammates and friends have nothing but great things to say about ‘DJ M Eddy.’

“She showed up to our school fundraising soccer dance with a crazy amount of music equipment and was surprisingly good at djing,” Katie Smith, junior education major and back on the soccer team, said.

“I love music and want to share it with everyone else,” Edwards said. “In high school, a teacher noticed my passion and recommend I DJ for events at the high school; from there I took interest.”

The Cabrini women’s soccer team has three more games in regular conference play following their 0-0 draw with Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, Oct. 15. They hope to keep moving forward as they finish up their season.

“We have been focused and determined to win the CSAC championship since the first day of practice,” Edwards said. “We are going to play our game and leave it all on the field.”

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