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Sawyer Abshire and his lucky left foot will be heading to St. Catharine next season.
Abshire signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer for the NAIA Division III school during a ceremony Tuesday at SCHS.
“He runs like a gazelle, has an incredible left foot and can jump through the roof,” former SCHS Coach B.J. Andriot said.
Abshire brought a lot of energy to the Rockets.
“He’s a very, very spirited young man on the soccer field,” Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman said. “I never knew what to expect.”
Abshire said he hopes to be one of several incoming freshmen who can contribute right away. He started at forward for two years for the Rockets, scoring 10 goals as a senior. He was named to the all-district team as a junior and the all-region team as a senior.
Abshire said he is so looking forward to playing for St. Catharine that when first-year head coach Tim Wolz asked him if he was excited to be coming, he responded, “Yes. Are you excited?”
“I’m really excited because I never thought I would have gone to college for soccer,” Abshire said.
St. Catharine, which is near Bardstown, was one of the first schools to recruit Abshire. When he visited, he said he loved that it was close to home and had brand new facilities. He was also swayed by how Wolz is reconstructing the program with “better drills, better everything,” he said.
Wolz said Abshire has an excellent foundation to begin his college career.
“We’re in the best conference in the nation, and Sawyer’s going to come in and help us out,” Wolz said.
Abshire credits Andriot and his middle school coach, Leigh Bailey, for that foundation.
“He [Andriot] really helped mature me and showed me a lot of stuff that helped me improve: the way I touch the ball, the way I talk to teammates, my leadership skills,” Abshire said.
He will receive athletic aid to attend St. Catharine and said he hopes to add some academic scholarhips, too.
St. Catharine plays in the Mid-South Conference, which includes several Kentucky schools, so Abshire said he’s looking forward to playing against former SCHS and Mockingbird Club teammates (such as Taylor Shaver at Georgetown College) in the coming seasons.