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Zachary Abend ‘23 Recruiting Profile

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Zachary Abend's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
Rush union
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Personal Statement

I wanted to be a keeper since I started playing soccer at age 3. It may come from the fact that my older brother and his friends always put me in goal when they played, but I love the position and the pressure.

For me, being a keeper requires the four things.

  1. Being coachable, because being athletic can only get you so far

  2. Knowing what mistakes you make so that you can learn from them

  3. Not caving to the pressure of being the last person between the ball and the net

  4. Building relationships with my teammates on and off the field so there is a level of trust

I work towards these requirements every day so that I may have the opportunity to play soccer at the College level.

My academics are equally important to me. I am dyslexic and so I work hard to keep my grades up. It is a constant challenge, but is something that I have to do to be successful. I use this same perseverance on the soccer field. 

Before 2018, I had never had formal keeper training, but I knew I wanted to have a shot at starting on my varsity team as a Freshman. I began training with a keeper coach and was able to achieve that goal and became the Varsity starter ahead of a Sophomore and a Junior. When the season was abruptly ended by Covid, we were in first place in Class 4A and I like to think I played a role in that by only allowing 3 goals over six games.

I continue working on the little things like hand position and how to make a faster first step that will make me better while maintaining a 3.68 GPA. I know continuing to learn will pay off in helping my team at the club, high school and, ideally, the college level.

I hope this tells you a bit about who I am as a person and as a potential student at your school and team.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 2 years
  • 2021 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Team Awards:
    State 3rd Place, Regional Champs
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #1
  • Individual Awards:
    Earned Varsity Letter
  • Season Schedule

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 5 seasons
  • 2021 Rush union (SCCL Club)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2020 Rush Union FC (formerly Chiefs FC) (SCCL Club)
  • Notes: Finished 4th in first year in top tier of SCCL
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 Chiefs FC (Classic 1)
  • Notes: Finished 2nd in first year in promotion to Classic 1.
  • 2018 Chiefs FC (Classic 2)
  • Notes: Finished 2nd in Classic 2
  • 2017 Chiefs FC (Classic 3)
  • Notes: Won Classic 3

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Matt Holmes
  • High School Head Coach
  • Matt Holmes
  • Position Coach
  • Lewis Sharpe

Additional Sports

  • Swimming
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • Earned Varsity Letter



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High School Information

High School:
Woodward Academy

Academic Accomplishments

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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • 9th Grade Silver Eagle (Honor Roll) 10th Grade Silver Eagle (Honor Roll)
  • Activity
    • Volunteer soccer camp counselor at Woodward Academy Georgia soccer referee

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Statistic 2020 Varsity Te 2020 Rush Union 2019 Chiefs FC
Games Played 6
Record 3-1-2, 2-0 in region
Shutouts 3 5 6
Total Saves 28
Goals Against Avg. .166 .41
Saves % 96%


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