CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Abigail Conway became the fifth women's soccer player to sign with a four-year institution this off-season as the versatile Englander inked with Indiana University East on Friday.
Conway, a native of Wigan, England, said the decision to play for the Wolves, an NAIA program in the River States Conference, came down to the fit athletically and academically.
"I developed a good relationship with the coach early on and they had the major I wanted," said Conway, who will be studying Criminal Justice. "The way they play is the way I like to play. I'm excited. I'm happy about what I've done here, but I'm excited to go start somewhere else and help a different program."
Conway started 34 of the 35 games she played at Cloud County and helped the T-Birds to a 30-7-1 overall record after the program was reinstated prior to the 2017 season.
She scored 10 career goals and added seven career assists, splitting time as a midfielder, forward and left back.
While her speed and understanding of the game allow for such flexibility, Cloud County head coach Charles Long said he believes her strength as a defenseman will be her biggest asset at the next level.
"She can man-mark defensively and she can attack," said Long of Conway. "She can play anywhere along that left side and is very good at seeing the space in front of her. She knows how to read the game very well."