December 4, 2015
UT's Smith named All-Region Third Team
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas senior goalkeeper Abby Smith has earned third team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Central Region honors.
The NSCAA honor marks the third all-region accolade of the Plano, Texas, native’s career following a first-team selection as a junior in 2014 and a second-team nod as a sophomore in 2013. She is the 46th NSCAA All-Central Region selections in UT program history -- at least one Longhorn has been honored as part of the teams in 15 of the last 16 seasons.
Smith had a stellar senior campaign for the Orange & White, registering a 0.94 goals-against-average, six shutouts, a Big 12 Conference-leading 96 saves on a league-high total of 5.33 saves-per-match and a .842 save percentage. After making 10 vital stops and registering an assist on junior forward Jasmine Hart’s match-winning goal with 21 seconds left to top No. 17 Texas Tech on the road on Oct. 16, 2-1 (2OT), Smith was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
The 5-9 netminder even reached the scoring column for the third consecutive campaign on Aug. 23 as her 90-plus yard goal off a punt proved the match winner as the Longhorns knocked off Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Miami (FL), 1-0. Smith completed her career as the program’s all-time leader in GAA, and with a 3-0 blanking of Montana on “Senior Night” on Oct. 30, posted her 30th career shutout to break former UT net minder Dianna Pfenninger’s Texas career shutout record.