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Wednesday May 15, 2013ESPN Films’ SEC "Storied" feature on Gator Great & US Soccer star Abby Wambach debuts May 15

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The next ESPN Films’ SEC "Storied" series focuses on the career of Gator Great Abby Wambach

Gator Great Abby Wambach is the focus for the next ESPN Films’ SEC “Storied” series, set to debut Wednesday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on ESNPU. The film chronicles Abby Wambach’s soccer career from her part of the University of Florida’s 1998 NCAA title team to her decorated U.S. women’s national team career.

SEC Storied Series

The next ESPN Films’ SEC “Storied” series is on Gator Great & U.S. national team soccer star Abby Wambach.

 

Abby Head On

debuts May 15 at 8 p.m. on ESPNU

The film follows Wambach’s career as she moved from the nation’s top recruit to the Gator soccer program. As a Florida freshman, Wambach was part of the Gators’ 1998 NCAA title team. She went on to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) All-America first-team honors in 1999 and 2001. She was a four-time member of the All-Southeastern Conference first team and picked up the SEC Player of the Year award in 2000 and 2001. Wambach is the Gators' career leader in goals (96), assists (50) and points (242) and stands seventh on the NCAA Career charts in goals and points.

She was one of the top picks in the 2002 WUSA draft. As a part of the Washington Freedom team, Wambach played alongside Mia Hamm and established herself as a mainstay on the U.S. women’s national team, for which she has starred for the last decade.

So many U.S. women’s national team highlights of the last decade include Wambach. It was Wambach who headed home the overtime game-winner versus Brazil in the 2004 Olympic final. In the summer of 2011, Wambach brought her nation to its feet celebrating her stoppage-time header goal which tied the Brazil match in FIFA Women’s World Cup play.

Just this January, Wambach received the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 or FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. It was her second consecutive appearance on the final ballot for the sport’s highest individual honor. Her five goals led the U.S. in 2012 Olympic play, scoring in each of the U.S.’s first five matches as the U.S. claimed its third consecutive Olympic gold. Her 27 goals in 2012 is the second highest total of her 12-year international career. She is just four goals away from Mia Hamm’s international record.

Co-directed by Peabody and Emmy award-winners Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby, Abby Head On features revealing interviews from Wambach’s high school, college and U.S. head coaches, current and former teammates including Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Alex Morgan, and Wambach’s family. The film is narrated by Pro Football Hall of Famer and former University of Florida football player Jack Youngblood.

 

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