Score one for Pikeville women’s soccer.
Ashland senior forward Abby Huff found the back of the net more times than any other LadyCat in school history and now will take her goal-scoring talents down U.S. 23 after signing a letter of intent to play for the Lady Bears program on Jan. 30.
Huff recorded 164 career goals, breaking the school record that stood for two decades.
“It was a lot of emotions, but I was really exciting and happy that I had got to this point,” Huff said about her big day. “I put in a lot of work for this moment. I was a little nervous, too.”
Huff said she is proud of increasing her assist total to 16 this year. She tallied 66 goals in her senior season at Ashland, receiving first team All-State honors.
“It’s crazy,” Huff said about achieving the scoring record. “I never focused on it until my junior season.”
The LadyCats won 20 games in 2019, recorded their first region crown since 2012 and advanced to the state semifinals, where they suffered their only loss of the year to Greenwood.
“Ever since my freshman year, it’s been a goal to get out of districts and win the region,” Huff said, “and then get to State. It was really exciting for all of us that we got to do that, especially for all the seniors. We got to do that in our last year. It was a good note to end on. It means a lot to be a part of it and to experience something like that. It was such a good feeling.”
Pikeville is coming off a 6-11 season and went winless during its conference slate. Huff said there are some familiar faces on the Lady Bears roster and the campus and coaches ultimately led to her decision to attend.
“I haven’t met the full team yet,” Huff said. “I do know a couple of players that I played with in high school or travel ball. I have met a few players but not everyone on the team. I love the campus. I am really shy and it’s a smaller school. It feels like Ashland and that’s what I am used to. I didn’t want to go anywhere big.
“I really like the coaches. They were really nice. They were really good to talk to and helped me make my decision about college.”
Pikeville netted just 24 goals in its 2019 campaign. Ashland coach John Cook expects that to change upon Huff’s arrival.
“UPike is getting a great player and an even better young lady,” Cook said. “Abby broke the school record this year at Ashland, one that had stood for 20 years. I have no doubt that she will have the UPike record when she graduates. It has been my honor and privilege to be her coach.”
Huff plans on a busy summer as she makes the adjustment to the college pitch.
“I’m on a travel team right now so that will obviously get help me get better for college,” Huff said. “I will know what it’s going to be like to play against people who are older than me and play more competitively. ... I will probably go back and condition with the high school team to make sure I stay in shape.”
Huff said she is undecided about her college major.
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