A love for soccer at age 4 led Sabrina Summers to a national all-American team.
Summers, 17 and a senior at St. Stephens High School, was one of 37 female soccer players from across the nation selected to win an award on the National High School Scholar All-American Team.
“I was kind of surprised,” Summers said, adding her busy school and soccer schedules kept her mind occupied and off of her coach’s nomination.
St. Stephens head soccer coach Chuck Davis nominated Summers for the prestigious award because of her strong athletic and academic skills.
“Sabrina is one of the best soccer players in our area and our state,” Davis said. “Her athletic accomplishments on the soccer field have been outstanding, and her academic accomplishments are also impressive.”
Summers is currently No. 1 in the senior class at St. Stephens High and has a weighted GPA of 4.8. Davis said the National Soccer Coaches Association of America looks for athletes with a certain GPA or higher and who are also excellent on the field.
Summers will have an opportunity to be honored during the all-American luncheon for the NSCAA on Jan. 15 in Baltimore. She will receive a ticket to the luncheon, two All-American award certificates, a gift from Adidas and free admission to the 2011 NSCAA convention.
Summers was appreciative of Davis for nominating her for the award.
“I really appreciate it,” she said. “Coach Davis has been a really good coach to me for the past three years. It meant a lot that he thought I deserved to be nominated (for the award).”
Summers is a defender on the varsity soccer team at St. Stephens High School, where she played on varsity since she was a freshman. Her career statistics are: 2008, 14 goals and 18 assists, all-conference and all-region; 2009, 14 goals and 17 assists, all conference, conference POY, all-region and all-state; and 2010, 14 goals, 14 assists, all-conference, conference POY, all-region, region POY and all-state.
“Sabrina is a wonderful person,” Davis said, adding this was the first time he nominated a player for the award. “She demonstrates class and character, on and off the field.”
After graduating from St. Stephens in June, Summers will go on to play soccer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington starting in the fall.