On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2017, Central Bucks East senior Abby Brown was recognized for committing to play collegiate soccer at Salisbury University. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery.
Abby Brown – Salisbury University (Soccer)
Major: “I’m undecided but I may go into business with a little bit of communications because I think I’m going to be an international linguist.”
Final list of colleges: Salisbury, Richmond, Villanova, Hamilton College
Reasons for choosing Salisbury: “When my brother and I were freshmen, we sat down, and basically said, ‘How much do like each other, how much do we really like being around each other?’ And we were like, ‘You know what? A lot.’ The idea of being farther than an hour away where I couldn’t access him every single day made me really upset. We went down to my board and had a picture of the United States, and we hit our home, and we were like, ‘All right, we’re going to make a 50-mile radius for every school we go.’ That was the plan, so we went to all these different colleges, and it just happened to work out that Salisbury was the one.
“I love the campus. I didn’t think I really liked the beach, but Salisbury is 25 minutes away from Ocean City, Md., and when I went there, I was like, ‘I really like this.’ I don’t like big schools, and this is 9,000 kids, so it’s not so big but big enough for it to be considered a state school. I liked to have the support system, but I also wanted to focus on my academics. D1 soccer – I had an opportunity to play, and I walked away from it because I felt like I could commit myself more and get more out of D3 soccer.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in soccer at the collegiate level? “I didn’t really think I was going to play because I always had this mentality that I was just going to focus on academics, and soccer was going to be a pastime. When I got into high school and saw all these girls going to play soccer, I was like, ‘You know what, I think I can do it, and I think I’m going to because it seems so fun.’ I have an older brother, who actually plays lacrosse at NJIT, and I saw the instant friends that he had made. I was like, ‘You know what – instant friends, that’s so nice to have,’ and to have instant friends is something I love to do, so it worked out.”
Coach Paul Eisold says: “She’s an exceptional leader. Abby, a four-year letter winner, was the backbone of the defense. Through the years, Abby played a variety of roles, including center forward and scoring a goal in a state playoff game. From the center back position, she controlled the defense, including a team that went to the state final in 2015. Her ability to see the game, give cover to her backs and win the ball at all costs made her a dominant force in the tough Continental SOL.”
Favorite food: Calzone
Favorite movie: She’s the Man
Favorite music: Christmas Songs