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WALB STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (2/24/16): Thorne's reach is beyond the goal box

Thorne is a native of Tennessee; moved to Cordele in 2014 Thorne is a native of Tennessee; moved to Cordele in 2014
Abbi's parents said Crisp County was very inviting Abbi's parents said Crisp County was very inviting
Thorne has excellent range in the goal box Thorne has excellent range in the goal box
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Abbi Thorne is a brick wall on the soccer field, but she's an open door when it comes to welcoming others into her faith.

Thorne rules the nets for the Lady Cougars,but her best saves aren't made on the field, rather on the many mission trips she takes in order to spread Christianity. The senior goalkeeper said her most impactful trip to date was one to New York City.

"This one little boy who had lived there his whole life had never seen the Statue of Liberty before," recalled Thorne. "And I remember we passed it and he was like 'There she is, there she is,' and was so excited and was jumping up and down and that hit me like, we are so privileged."

Her understanding for the disadvantages others face plays right into her role as the captain and lone Senior on her soccer team.

"The majority of our team, they've never played before. So it's been a really big learning experience for not only them but me as well."

Abbi is excellent at learning. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA since transferring to Crisp County in 2014. You also can't underestimate her soccer IQ.

"One of the most important parts of goalkeeping is that you can see the whole field," said Thorne.

"She's just been a rock back there," said her coach Michael McGinnis. "Been really steady, really vocal as a leader. Helping some of the young kids know where to go what to do. Just that on the field quarterback."

And if you're thinking of sneaking one past Abby, her dad says save yourself the embarrassment. 

"She's a wall," affirmed Robert Thorne. "She's back there, she's not afraid to take a dive and she's not afraid to jump up there and just mix it up a little bit. She feels like it's not a successful game if she doesn't come home a little bit dirty."

Her selfless mindset oozes from her mission trips, right onto the playing field.

"It's not always about how can I make myself look better on the field," said the senior goalkeeper. "It's about how we can be better as a team."

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