Redferrin sets example for others

Friday, October 21, 2016
Marshall County High School graduate Abbey Redferrin is balancing soccer and school at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson. Photo by Ally Rogers

Former Marshall County soccer star Abbey Redferrin used a record breaking senior season in Lewisburg to earn a scholarship to play at Freed-Hardeman University and although the transition from prep star to college player has not always been an easy one, Redferrin is fitting in nicely with the Lions' program as a freshman.

"The main difference is realizing your spot on the team and doing what you have to do to get better," Redferrin said. "Going from playing high school where I was more confident in my skills and then going into college I realized that everybody else is the same or above me. So I have to work my way up and stay working hard."

Star Tigerette

The former prep center midfielder led the Tigerettes to an all-time best record to start the 2015 season (10-0) on the way to earning District 10-AA MVP and finishing an illustrious career with 41 goals and 51 assists.

Redferrin has shown enough promise early to see playing time for the Lions and has taken two shots on goal for the 2-7-3 squad.

But for Redferrin, like most other college freshman, the adjustment to college life comes in the classroom instead of the field.

"My main adjustment in college has been the responsibilities because you have a whole lot more to do," Redferrin explained. "You have to be responsible to get up and go to class on your own and get your work done and then with soccer I have to balance out my schedule because you go from soccer to school to soccer to school. You have to have your priorities straight."

All about others

One priority the former Tigerette has is to be able to help people in need when college is finished and that led to Redferrin choosing nursing as a major.

"I want to be a pediatric nurse or a neonatal nurse," Redferrin said. "Anything with kids because I love kids. My main goal is just to help people, that's what I want to do. It's a good feeling to be able to help people and to do that as your job would be wonderful."

Redferrin, without a doubt, will be looked upon by the current Tigerettes as a role model and as someone who combined brains with athletics to gain an opportunity few have when high school ends.

True example

Redferrin's example of hard work and dedication is a path many current Marshall County athletes can follow in her footsteps.

"Don't take the sport lightly," Redferrin offered. "If you really love it, don't take it lightly because what I did, I thought I was good where I'm at---but then I got to where I am now and realized I had a lot of learning to do. If you really love the game take it seriously. Take your health and fitness seriously and love the game because it shows on the field."