It didn’t take long for Saline High School senior Abbey Sovitch to catch the attention college soccer coaches.
In just more than one full season of varsity soccer, Sovitch earned a partial scholarship to play at Siena Heights University in Adrian, where she plans to follow her mother’s footsteps into nursing.
Last month, Sovitch signed her letter of intent to play for Siena Heights soccer coach Scott Oliver.
Sovitch, a speedy Hornet who plays forward and midfield, said Oliver likes the intensity and intelligence she brings to the field.
“He said he likes my confidence behind the ball and my ability to deliver the ball to different places on the field,” Sovitch said. “I know my positions and I know where I need to be.”
Sovitch is known to put the ball in the net, but she prefers to use her speed to attract defenders and then set upan open teammate for a scoring chance. When the other team has the ball in her vicinity, no one is safe.
“I may be small, but I’m aggressive. I can get a ball from a girl and knock people around,” Sovitch said.
Sovitch, daughter of Pat and Greg Sovitch, plans to study nursing at Siena Heights.
“My mom’s a nurse and I love science. It’s always been an interest of mine,” Sovitch said.
She likes the intimacy of the small Siena Heights University campus.
“You don’t have to walk 30 minutes to get from class to class,” she said.
Sovitch was called up to the varsity team at the end of her sophomore year. In her junior year, she helped the team win its second straight district championship. The Hornets fell in the regional final to Canton.
Sovitch said the team is aiming to win a regional championship this spring.