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From the familiar landscape of Key Biscayne to the famous fields at Harvard University, author Andrea Montalbano, a former soccer player, continues to make strides in the world of competitive sports by advocating for female athletes.

“Soccer Sisters,” Montalbano’s book series, is centered on the camaraderie and commitment of young girl soccer players, which ties them to each other and the sport. Themes include friendship, teamwork and dedication. The books, says Montalbano, also spotlight “authentic soccer action.”

Montalbano said inspiration for “Soccer Sisters” was “easy and fun,” with little research necessary because of her lifelong involvement in the sport, at the highest levels. The storylines come from “authentic feelings playing as a kid, playing in high school and later playing in college.”

A former Harvard soccer star (1990 graduate), Montalbano said things coalesced while she was preparing a speech for her induction into the Harvard Soccer Hall of Fame. Realizing how soccer has impacted her life, she concluded that soccer was “one of the driving factors in who I became as a person.”

“It taught me to be strong,” she said. “It taught me to deal with stress. It taught me to take criticism and how to pick myself up.”

Putting these thoughts into words for her speech, Montalbano decided to write a book that young girls can read and perhaps learn from – something she wishes she’d have had available as a young girl entering the competitive soccer world.

With three books in the “Soccer Sisters” series, plus another book, “Breakaway,” which touches similar themes, Montalbano today continues to inspire through her words of encouragement and sisterhood.

Usage of the term “sisterhood” in the books is by design, said Montalbano, who now lives in Bronxville NT. “It is irreplaceable. It’s the start of these strong women and forever female friendships.”

She said she hopes her stories “tap into the pure joy of what it’s like to be on a team in order to go back to the basics.”

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