Allison Sabb scored 105 goals in her four-year varsity career with the Huron River Rats. While there are no definitive career goal-scoring records kept by the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association, it’s safe to say that 105 career goals is somewhere near the top of the list – if not the very top.
Sabb has helped lead her team to two consecutive state titles, which brings us to the obvious question. Of the 105 goals, which ones stand out the most?
It’s actually an easy answer. Three stand out – way out.
She scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Dexter in the 2017 State Championship Game. Yeah, that’s a pretty big goal.
On Saturday, she scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Saline in the 2018 State Championship Game. Yeah, another pretty important goal.
And then there is the third goal which she will never forget.
“Scoring my 100th goal against Pioneer, which also happened to be my favorite type of goal, is another that stood out,” said Allison, the daughter of Rachel and Brian Sabb. “The ball starts on a corner and gets hit up to my teammate Anna Scott who then hits the ball in from outside the circle to the penalty stroke and I deflect the ball up and around the goalie into the goal. It never gets old.”
Scoring goals never seemed to get old for Sabb even when she was young. She scored 17 goals her freshman season on varsity. She scored 20 as a sophomore and then totaled 31 as a junior. She netted 37 goals in her senior year.
She also has plenty of assists, including one big “assist” for scoring all those goals.
“My success has come from all of my teammates and all of their support,” she says. “I have been fortunate enough to play on a very strong team with players who have given me many chances to score and multiple assists. Also, the position I play on corners, stroke, is perfect for tipping the ball into the goal just around the keeper when shots come from the top of the circle.”
The highlights during her field hockey career have been many.
“Some of my highlights of Huron field hockey is winning the 2017 State Championships, going to the Huskies Tournament my freshmen, sophomore, and senior year, and making it to the state championship game this year by beating Pioneer for a chance to defend our title,” she said. “And then capping it off by beating Saline to repeat as champions.”
It was another great season for the River Rats, who finished second in the league, won the Battle of the Border which was held by the Saline and won their pool at the Huskies Tournament in Chicago.
And the reason for Huron’s great success in field hockey?
“About six of the varsity players have played together on a Rec and Ed team since third grade so we all know each other very well and love to play and support each other,” she says. “Also, (Coach Lauren Hall) has always been able to help us continue to work together as a team and to enjoy every minute of time we get to play together.”
Sabb also plays varsity soccer and is part of the Darkroom Photography Club, Synchronized Swimming and PACC.
She is currently in the application process as the search for college begins. If there is a question about scoring more than 100 goals she will be one of the few who will be able to check off yes for the answer.