ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Eau Claire Memorial junior Abigail Stow

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Memorial girls soccer team has taken a stranglehold of the BRC race with a 7-0 conference mark. A big help has been the goal scoring ability of junior forward Abigail Stow. Chance Dickman has the story in our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

There's a narrative about every goal scorer.

"Regardless if they make it or miss it, they've got a short memory," Eau Claire Memorial head coach Scott DeRusha said. "They know that the next time they get it, they'll put it in the back of the net."

Abigail Stow fits the bill, and it doesn't matter the sport.

"I don't know," Stow said. "Ever since I was little and after I scored my first goal, I just always loved the feeling after scoring."

"She's a natural born scorer, there's no other thing to say except for that she's able to finish no matter what is going on around her," DeRusha added. "She's able to put the ball into the back of the next nine times out of ten."

Abigail tallied 87 points for the ECA Stars girls hockey team this past season, and she's kept that scoring surge going on the soccer field this spring.

"Coming off of the hockey season, it just kind of gives me some confidence in myself knowing that I can hang with those players that are a lot older than you and bigger than you," Stow said.

"She referenced "shelfing it" or "bar down" I believe was her technical term," DeRusha added. "I was like, 'Oh good, we're playing hockey now with soccer. Good stuff.' At the end of the day, she knows how to put it into the back of the net. However she does it is great."

But why? How? What is it about Abigail makes her one of the best goal-scorers in the State?

"She's super fast," Eau Claire Memorial midfielder Ali Bowe exclaimed. "The ball doesn't have to be a perfect ball for her to get it because she kind of knows where it's going to be. She'll know how to get it wherever."

"She understands that you've got to work to get the ball in a situation where you're going to have an opportunity to score, and she does that very well," DeRusha said.

The best part about Abigail, is no matter how many times she scores, it's never about her and always about the team.

"I just think that I was able to help my team that much," Stow said. "I don't think individually how those goals affected me as a person."

"She's just as excited for somebody else to score as she is herself and that's because the kid loves winning," DeRusha explained. "It's unbelievable, but she is a competitor and she'll compete at everything she does. It's great to see."

Reporting for SportScene 13, I'm Chance Dickman.



 
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