Prep girls soccer: Abi Black ready to take game to Westminster College
Abi Black sat down with her father before her senior season to talk about setting a goal for her final year of high school.
What would be a good goal?
Score 20 goals in a season?
Think bigger. Why not 30?
As outrageous as that sounded, Black decided to shoot for 30.
She finished with 38 goals.
Black's remarkable high-school career ended when Taylorsville lost to Northridge 3-2 in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament, but not before she learned a valuable lesson.
Never underestimate a person's potential.
"My dad pushed me and helped me and helped me realize what I had inside me," Black said. "I kept thinking there's no way, but once I got to 30, I was kind of in shock and disbelief."
Black was a four-year starter for the Warriors and finished her career with 92 goals, seventh best in Utah prep soccer history.
She's parlayed that success into an opportunity to play college soccer at Westminster next year.
"I think it's the combination of her playing experience, the coaching she's gotten over the years and the support of her parents," Taylorsville coach West Bludworth said. "She's got a good athletic build, and she's worked hard. I think all of those things combined have helped her become as successful as she has been."
Black said she hasn't set any goals yet for this year other than to make an immediate impact for the Griffins.
"I'm going to go in and work hard and put myself in a position to make a huge impact on my team," Black said. "I always had Westminster in mind as one of my college choices. I knew I wanted to stay in-state, and after talking to the coaches, I felt like it was the best place for me to play soccer and get a good education.
"It's going to be a big step up from high school and competition soccer. I know I need to get in better shape and work on my conditioning, and that's what I've been doing this summer."