by Sheri Duff
Champlain Valley Union’s girls head soccer coach Brad Parker describes Abby Eddy as a leader. More specifically he says, “Abby is the ‘quiet’ leader of our soccer team. You’ll never meet another kinder, somewhat shy, fierce competitor. Normally these traits do not go together,” he insists. “But Abby is always smiling and cooperative, non-threatening, and has a caring way about her that makes people want to be her friend.”
Born on Feb. 23, 1995 and raised in Hinesburg, Eddy is the youngest of the family. Her family includes her mother and father, Marie and David, older brother Tom, age 21, older sister, Emma, age 19, and two cats named Jessie and Leo.
“The first time I played organized soccer was in kindergarten,” Eddy recalled. “But I’ve played soccer all my life. I grew up around it. Both of my siblings played soccer. My father played for CVU, too,” she said. “Soccer was big in my family.”
And so it was. Eddy began playing soccer year-round at 10. With a combination of skills gleaned from recreational leagues to Far Post Soccer Club travel teams, Eddy is competitive in all phases of the game. Her preparation and dedication to soccer has paid off for CVU with back-to-back state championships.
A two-year varsity soccer player for the Redhawks, coach Parker credits his senior defender for much of the team’s achievements. “On the soccer field Abby refuses to be beaten from her outside defensive position. She is fast and strong and puts the team ahead of any personal goals. For the past two years Abby has been a starter for the varsity team and an integral part of our success.”
For example it was Eddy’s key defensive stop, clearing a ball off the goal line and redirecting it, that sealed the 2-0 victory over Burlington in the semifinal game and punched the Redhawks ticket to the Division I championship this year. After the game coach Parker commented to Burlington Free Press reporter John A. Fantino, “Abby’s where she should have been. She is a good player; she’s very smart,” he said. “Thank heavens she was doing her job.”
Although known for her talents on defense, it is for an offensive play that Eddy is most proud. “Last year on Spirit Day I intercepted the ball and ran it up the field. Once I got within range, and with urging from coach Parker, I took a shot,” she shared. “It was pretty cool.”
In addition to soccer, Eddy has been on the varsity track & field team throughout high school and is also involved in Amnesty International and the National Honor Society.
After graduation Eddy plans to attend college. Although she hasn’t applied yet, there’s no cause for concern. She has a plan. She will apply to McGill, Tufts, and George Washington among others while also considering a focus in political science, anthropology, or environmental studies. When it comes right down to a college selection, there’s little doubt that Eddy in her outgoing, capable way, will come up with a winning combination.