Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about soccer player Abby Smith.
Smith anchored the Texas defense from 2012-15 from the goalkeeper position. Among UT’s all-time goalkeepers, only Dianna Pfenninger has worked more than Smith’s 6,767 minutes. While at Texas, the Plano product was a four-time all-conference honoree.
Smith’s 30 career shutouts is a school record, and a 3-0 blanking of Rice in 2014 gave Texas its first win in the NCAA tournament in six seasons. The 0.84 goals-against average recorded by Smith ranks second in Texas’ history books behind Nicole Curry, who will be a senior this fall. She was also responsible for 300 saves and 36 wins.
After her career wrapped up at Texas, Smith was drafted by Boston in the NWSL College Draft. She has played professionally for the NWSL teams in Boston and Salt Lake City. She was named the Utah Royals FC’s “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2019.
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