Abby Wambach says that response to entering a civil union with professional teammate Sarah Huffman has been “awesome.”

Wambach, the star of the U.S. women's national soccer team, and Huffman entered a civil union on October 5 in Hawaii. The women are teammates on the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League.

They exchanged vows on a beach on the island of Kauai in front of family and friends.

“I know that I'll end up being a role mode for many, many people out there for all kinds of reasons,” the 33-year-old Wambach is quoted as saying by the AP. “My first hope is for being a genuine, honest and good person, then a great soccer player and then down the line, the choice I've made to marry not only my best friend and teammate, but the love of my life.”

Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, said that she “never felt like I was in a closet” because “gone are the days that you need to come out of a closet.”

“I've never been asked a question in my soccer world about my relationship, rightfully so because it shouldn't matter because it doesn't have anything to do with soccer,” she said.

Response, Wambach said, has been “awesome.”

“I expected some backlash on some level from some people who don't agree, but I haven't really had any of that … I'm pleasantly surprised by that.”