LCCC standout shares bond with coach

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Photo by Nikole Anderson Abby Morillon competes for posession of the ball against her Iowa Western Community College opponent

Cheyenne native, LCCC Wingspan staffer and high school soccer standout Abby Morillon is now a main contributor for the Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team.

Before her time at LCCC, Morillon played soccer for Jim Gardner at East High School, who is also the coach for the Golden Eagles. Over her high school career, Morillon was on the All-Conference team three times, received All-State credentials once, and was a team captain twice.

Morillon has been part of a Gardner-coached soccer team for the last six years, and said her decision to sign with LCCC after high school was heavily influenced by his presence there.

“It will be six years now that he has coached me,” Morillon said. “I know what type of coach he is, he is intense and has always pushed me to be a better player.”

Being together all these years has formed an almost telepathic bond between Morillon and Gardner.

“The consistency of being together has allowed her to know what I am thinking before I even think it, and vice-versa,” Gardner said. “She has always been a really good player, but her physical growth, speed, and work ethic has grown tremendously. She has put a lot of work in off the field and in the weight room, we get along so well after all these years and it really pays off on the field.”

Morillon said the difference from the college level to the high school level is drastically different regardless of having the same coach.

“My teammates on the team right now are from all over the world and that they have trained their whole lives to get to play at a high level, it’s not a joke to them like it’s a joke to some players on a high school team,” Morillon said.

Morillon’s expectations when she first joined the Golden Eagles soccer team was to make an effective impact on the field. Morillon knew that her new team was going to be a powerhouse, but had never heard of the national tournament before.

While the Golden Eagles dominate the 2017 season, Morillon said that she thought the competition within Region IX would be tougher, halfway through her sophomore season, she realized her expectation of making an impact on the field has come to fruition.

Morillon has had a stellar year while playing in all 13 games so far this year, she has 10 goals on the season, which is fourth on the team; 8 assists, which is second on the team; and 35 shots on goal, good enough for second on the team.

Throughout high school and college, Morillon has proved that she can play at a high level of soccer even after he LCCC career.

“She’s going to have a lot of options in terms of playing for another school next year, and if we make the national tournament those options will get bigger,” Gardner said.

She has not officially decided where she will go next after LCCC, but she plans to continue her soccer career at another school.

“I have had coaches contact me, but haven’t interested me in where I am trying to get to as a player,” Morillon said. “I feel like I am good enough to play against division one talent. I want the option to contribute to any team that I am on.”

The Golden Eagles started their region tournament on Oct. 21 with a 10-0 win against Western Nebraska Community College. The 2017 NJCAA Women’s Soccer Championship will take place Nov. 13-18 in Melbourne, Florida. The Golden Eagles hope to improve on their third place finish last year and ultimately win the tournament.

 

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