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October 3, 2012

Sanborn's Smith faced with ACL recovery before heading to Division 1 Bryant

Abby Smith committed to play college soccer at Bryant University in July, becoming the first Sanborn Regional girls soccer player ever to obtain a scholarship from a Division 1 program.

With her college decision behind her, she was eager to play one final season for the Indians.

But then things took a turn for the worst.

“It was our first jamboree game of the high school season,” Smith said. “The ball was bouncing right in front of me. We were playing on turf. So I planted my right foot and I swung my left leg up in the air, trying to kick the ball. And I just felt my whole body twist to the right but my lower leg stayed facing forward. And it popped and it was really scary.”

Smith had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. Her senior season was finished before it had really even begun.

“I was just laying on the ground and really afraid to move,” she said. “I was just devastated because I knew I did something awful to my knee. I was hoping it wasn’t my ACL. It was really upsetting.”

Smith has tried to stay positive. She is helping coach her team. And she is 100 percent sure she will be ready to play at the start of next season for Bryant. She has received more than a half-scholarship to Bryant.

Smith, who also was an indoor and spring track runner at Sanborn, is scheduled to undergo ACL surgery tomorrow.

“This is my first major injury that I’ve had so it’s pretty tough to deal with,” Smith said.

Smith has attended every Sanborn practice and game so far.

“Just to help out coaching really because that’s all I can do,” she said.

Smith was going to play forward this year. She has played every position throughout her soccer career and was recruited as a defender.

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