Catipovic’s competitive spirit shines through at Niagara University
That competitive fire just didn’t start when she arrived at Mt. St. Mary Academy and then again at Niagara University.
It started much younger.
She would always want to race her father in the park (across the street from our house),” said Bre’s mom, Joanne. “They would race and of course Rich would win but not by much (and trust me Rich has that thirst for winning too, so there was no holding back). I would always tell him that he better watch out she is small now and he better prepare himself for the day she grows and beats him.
Catipovic’s thirst for winning, and being the best, shows on and off the field. While at MSM, Catipovic would routinely call for the ball and easily make defenders look silly as she put it in the back of the net.
Just recently, Mt. Mercy coach John Glose was saying how he had a great team a few years back, but that Catipovic was a one-woman wrecking crew out on the pitch.
For Catipovic being the best means working hard day in and day out.
“I use that as motivation to succeed and to show the people I compete with that I can keep up with them,” she said recently. “If you’re not competitive, I don’t know how you can have that desire to win. Winning makes you feel good, who doesn’t want to feel good?”
Sometimes, however, being too competitive can come back and bite you. The competitive nature of a person can over take you and get you off your game.
“Yes, being competitive has its downfalls,” stated Catipovic. “I get very frustrated with myself when I mess up. However, my coach and team are always there to pick me up. I owe a lot of credit to them.”
Since coming to Niagara, Catipovic has been nothing short than spectacular.
This season she was named to the preseason All-MAAC first team. An honor she is most proud of.
“It means a lot to me,” she said. “It’s honestly an honor. I still feel the need to work just as hard to prove that those were well deserved. I don’t want to let anybody, especially myself.”
Being hard on herself sometimes gets in the way of her play. In a game earlier this year against the University at Buffalo, you could tell Catipovic was getting frustrated over the lack of scoring chances while on the field.
It’s not that she is selfish. It’s that she wants to win that badly for her teammates and her self. And sometimes, he judgment gets a little clouded.
“It is sometimes frustrating, because I would love to play every minute. But, its not in my hands to choose,” she explained. “Sometimes your coach(s) see different things on the field than us players. You just have to trust your coach sometimes and be patient. There’s always time to reprove myself by working harder in practice and do some extra practicing. Whatever it takes to get better.”
Breanna Catipovic knows what it takes to be the best. An All-Metro first teamer and two-time Player of the Year, Catipovic has that competitive drive to make everyone around her better.
Her tenacity on the field makes everyone around her better. And Niagara University is lucky to have such a player that wants to win that badly.