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Grosse Ile's King sets bar high as a freshman PHOTO GALLERY

  • As a freshman, Abby King (14) finished second on the Grosse Ile team in goals with 22 and had 19 assists to help the Red Devils finish 20-1-2 on the season. Photo by Terry Jacoby
  • As a freshman, Abby King (14) finished second on the Grosse Ile team in goals with 22 and had 19 assists to help the Red Devils finish 20-1-2 on the season. Photo by Terry Jacoby
  • As a freshman, Abby King (14) finished second on the Grosse Ile team in goals with 22 and had 19 assists to help the Red Devils finish 20-1-2 on the season. News-Herald file photo
  • As a freshman, Abby King (14) finished second on the Grosse Ile team in goals with 22 and had 19 assists to help the Red Devils finish 20-1-2 on the season. News-Herald file photo
  • As a freshman, Abby King (14) helped the Grosse Ile team capture another district title with 22 goals 19 assists. Photo by Ricky Lindsay
Grosse Ile’s Abby King set the bar during her freshman year. And she set it pretty high. Seems whatever King did as a ninth-grader she did very, very well.

In the classroom, she pulled off a 3.9 grade-point average.

In basketball, she helped the Red Devils reach the District finals. And in soccer, she established herself as one of the top players not only at Grosse Ile but in the Huron League.

The daughter of Keith and Amy King, Abby is an excellent basketball player. She helped her AAU team based out of Dearborn win a national title.

But she just might be a better soccer player.

“I am aiming for playing soccer in college,” she said of a decision she still has a few years to make. “I love everything about soccer but mostly my team. They are like family.”

While she plays travel soccer for the Rush in the off-season, her Grosse Ile “family” is really special.

“Playing for Grosse Ile means I am very lucky to be a part of a program that has helped me to branch out and meet new people who are now my closest friends, to work hard and to be doing what I love every day,” she said.

King, who plays both midfield and forward, has an incredible ability to see the whole field and distribute the ball. She finished second on the team in goals with 22 and had 19 assists to help the Red Devils finish 20-1-2 on the season.

King and sophomore Caroline Fleming had a unique relationship on the field. They always seemed to connect in the offensive end of the field and the end result was oftentimes a goal.

“I think we click partly because we've played a lot together even before high school soccer,” King said. “Also, we've become very close so it became easier to highlight each other’s strengths.”

She quickly made friends on and off the soccer field at Grosse Ile.

“My biggest influences in soccer would be girls like Caroline; girls who are older, girls I have looked up to and girls I have played with for a long time,” she says. “Not forgetting the girls my age that have been my teammates forever. They have all really shaped me as the soccer player I am today.”

King first got started in soccer at a young age. It was love at first sight.

“I tried it when I was really young and fell in love with the sport,” she said.

And her goals for the future?

“To play to the best of my ability on whatever team I am on,” she said.

Last Updated: 7/5/2014 11:21:25 PM EST

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