Abby Jantz-Allison’s time has come.
Jantz-Allison has patiently waited for her opportunity to shine and this season it could be on the grandest of stages.
With McPherson High’s girls soccer team returning 10 starters from last year's state runner-up finisher, Jantz-Allison is expected to fill the one open spot and it’s a big one — in goal.
Jantz-Allison on Wednesday signed a letter of intent with McPherson College, which is banking on her talent shining through this year as she has worked out for a long time with goalie coach Kevin Lamm, who helps Bulldog head coach Doug Quint.
“She’s got a bright future,” said Quint, noting that Jantz-Allison is already his eighth signing of the year “We’re glad to keep her at home. She’s been working with him (Lamm) once a week for the last three or four years. She has made leaps-and-bounds progress. I think she’s going to do fine. Seeing where she was to where she is now, I think everybody is going to see that this spring.”
“She’s always had a person in front of her, so she’s always gotten that good experience (at the JV level),” MHS coach Chris Adrian said. “This is her time. She’s a senior. She’s doing really good in practice and she’s worked her tail off the last two years. Last year I really noticed her starting to make improvement. She’s got good footwork in there and technically she knows how to play. It’s going to be that confidence for her. Once she gets a couple of games under her belt, she’ll do fine.”
Jantz-Allison has watched the Bulldog program and she’s excited about her college choice.
“It’s close to home and I wanted to stay closer to my family,” she said. “I’ve been working with Kevin Lamm for more than a year now. His dedication has given me a new prospective on college sports. I think it’s just a privilege to play with them.”
Jantz-Allison is anxious to get her shot at the starting spot after waiting in the wings for so long.
“I don’t think words can explain how exciting it is,” she said. “In the preseason, it’s been awesome having the same team we did last season. That way we can figure out the mistakes we made last year and build on them. Hopefully we’ll be able to hang a banner in the Roundhouse.”
Jantz-Allison is going to major in pre-physical therapy. She is Vice President of the MHS Senior Class, has been a football manager and boys soccer manager, while being in Stuco for four years.