Lady Jaguars star looking toward bright future

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In today’s high school soccer world, club soccer rules supreme.

For most, it’s the driving force that lands a college scholarship or even a road to the professional ranks.

The majority of the area’s standout players focus on that club team and typically try to fit their high school team in between traveling tournaments and club matches.

However, that’s a life that Summit’s Justine Abella has since left behind. Her focus now lies solely with the Summit soccer team and her academic endeavors.

From the time Abella was in fourth grade through her sophomore year in high school, Abella was a proud member of the Solar soccer club, winning national and state championships in that time frame. In her junior year at Summit, she led the team in goals with 34 and picked up 13 assists, making her one of the area’s top scorers.

When it came down to it, though, the accolades she was raking up in the classroom gave her a better look into her future than the goals she scored on the pitch.

“I decided to let go of my select soccer because I plan on going to Texas A&M and I feel like I have a very bright future in my academics,” Abella said. “I feel like I could go a longer way in a career than soccer. I still love soccer and it’s my passion, but I feel like doing good in my school work and focusing on my school work will make the bigger difference and benefit towards my life.”

Abella said she’s already working on her admission essays to become a Fightin’ Texas Aggie and wants to study either business, marketing or finance while working as a referee for on-campus soccer games or playing on a co-ed intramural team.

Until she makes that trek to College Station, she has another year left to make her mark on the Summit soccer program. As the only returning captain from last season, she sees it as her responsibility to push her team to the next level through serious off-season training.

“Our goal as a team is to be the most athletic team with ball skills and with stamina,” Abella said. “In soccer, if you don’t have the stamina to run up and down the field, then there’s no point. That’s our main focus, is getting into better shape than the team we’ll be facing.”

Part of that program will include the entire team training with the Summit cross-country team over the summer.

While soccer may not be Abella’s main focus in a year’s time, she’s certainly the girl who will lead Summit to great heights in her senior campaign.

“She was the only captain that was a junior, so she’s a special kid,” Summit head coach Kirby Davis said. “She has real high expectations of those around her.”

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