Wednesday afternoon was an exciting time for one member of the Person High School women’s soccer team. Abby Mayer, the senior captain who plays forward and striker for the Rockets, signed her letter of intent to play collegiate soccer at North Greenville University (SC) in a ceremony held inside the Person High School gymnasium.
Mayer’s family members and a few of the Person High School coaches were there to take in the big moment. After Mayer signed her letter of intent, she had a couple of minutes to talk about her soccer career.
“I have been playing soccer since I was five, but I’ve only played seriously since I was 14,” said Mayer. “I started very late with extra-competitive soccer.”
Mayer enjoyed playing soccer so much, she knew that she wanted to expand upon her youth soccer days and play soccer in high school and collegiately.
“When I played rec soccer, my coaches told me to keep playing in school,” Mayer said. “My coaches gave my information to coaches in Mebane, and I went there and played for club. Now, I’m with Premier UK Elite,” a popular North Carolina-based youth soccer club that is run by former professional soccer player Andy Thompson.
Mayer knew that if she wanted to play collegiate soccer, it would be a good idea to play travel soccer in the offseason so that coaches would have more of an opportunity to watch her in game action. Mayer did not find out about North Greenville, the school that she will be playing for next year, until halfway through high school.
“They came and watched me in a tournament at regionals in June 2018,” said Mayer. “I went to an ID clinic in July or August. And then I went back probably October. I went on my official visit in November or December, and right after I went on my official visit there, I went on an official visit to another school. It couldn’t even compare, so I knew NGU was for me.”
Mayer liked a few things in particular about North Greenville, but the members of the women’s soccer program made her final decision much easier.
“The atmosphere really stood out to me,” said Mayer. “I’m really close with the coaches, and the team is the definition of a family. You don’t really see that atmosphere at a lot of schools. Their coach recruits people as he would recruit players, too. He cares about how the player is personally, too. That meant a lot to me.”
Although Mayer will be playing at the next level, she was never completely sure about it when she was younger. Mayer’s dreams came to fruition, however, when she signed her letter of intent.
“I feel good. It felt impossible for a long time, so I feel really good right now, I’m excited. I’m looking forward to the next four years.”
To celebrate her once-in-a-lifetime occasion, Mayer and her family spent their evening at one of Roxboro’s most popular spots.
“We actually rented a room at Palace Pointe to have food, cake, take pictures, and hang out,” said Mayer. “We’re all looking forward to celebrating the continuation of my soccer career.”