WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South soccer standout Abby Creech will continue her academic and athletic career at NAIA Division I Mount Vernon Nazarene University next fall.
Creech, a four-year letter-winner at South, was one of nine freshmen to sign with the C0ugars who will look to make an impact in the upcoming season.
“Abby is a very well rounded player who possesses all of the skills necessary to develop into a strong attacking midfielder,” MVNU coach Daniel Seiffert said. “Her 37 goals and 42 assists in her high school career reflect her balanced approach. She has good technical skills, great field vision, a terrific attitude, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Abby’s dynamic playing style will serve her well at the collegiate level.”
In addition to playing soccer all four years, Creech also participated in track, basketball and cross country for the Panthers.
Creech, who began playing soccer at an early age, said she didn’t really think about playing soccer at the next level until her junior year. She credits former coach Chad Newport for the encouragement.
“He talked to me about it and told me he thought I was good enough. So I filled out all the stuff for the college coaches to look at. I got a lot of offers at first, but Mount Vernon was really the one I liked the most,” she said.
Creech, who played club soccer for PC United and Lady Panther Pride, said she enjoyed her time at South.
“I had really great teammates and coaches even though this year was tougher,” Creech, who scored seven goal and had 13 assists, said. “It was just nice to be able to help the younger girls get better and teach them what I learned.”
Creech, a four-year starter, said she plans on majoring in nursing.
Twin Valley South Assistant Athletic Director Glen Mabry, who coached Creesh in basketball and track, said Creech’s natural athletic ability was obvious early on.
“You could see it on the basketball court. You could see it on the track. And you can see it in soccer,” he said. “One of her biggest assets is her competitiveness. She’s a strong competitor. She’s going to go out there and give you 110 percent all the time. Never give up.”
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