Newburyport girls soccer attacking midfielder Abbie Bresnahan believes that being a team player is something she inherited from her family.
“My sister (Taylor) and her two best friends (Jill Kinter and Laura Muise) came in here and won two state championships,” said Bresnahan. “My sister was a team player. She did what was best for the team, set up a lot of goals. That motivates me. I want to live up to her and I want to exceed her.”
Granddaughter of the late Newburyport Public Schools Superintendent Francis T. Bresnahan, the sophomore is currently performing according to plan as the undefeated Clippers’ second-highest goal-scorer, with seven goals and eight assists on the season. But according to Clippers co-coach (along with Rob Gonnam) Kevin Sheridan, that in itself wasn’t really the plan.
“The original plan, early on in the season, was to have Abbie as an outside striker,” said Sheridan. “But we had a bunch of injuries this year, so she has gone and filled the role as an attacking midfielder. She’s played as an outside midfielder and has played occasionally as a defensive midfielder. She has filled the role wherever we needed her to go.”
Bresnahan, who also plays soccer with Aztec Soccer Club, has been playing since her Newburyport Youth Soccer days when she was 4 years old. She started varsity for the Clippers as a freshman last season, but it didn’t go as well as she wanted after spraining her ankle. Apparently this year, she is making up for lost time.
“I love scoring goals,” said Bresnahan. “I think I’m more of a person who wants to score the goals rather than defend them. It’s the excitement of helping your team move forward. Everyone needs a goal-scorer.”
Ranking second on the team in scoring only to senior co-captain Jaycee Triandafilou was not something Bresnahan expected.