On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, Abington senior Casey Touey was recognized for committing to continue her soccer career at Drexel University.
Casey Touey – Drexel University (Soccer)
Final list of colleges: Drexel, Thomas Jefferson
Reasons for choosing Drexel: “I was considering a lot of schools in the area, and they all were really good in my mind, but I just kind of felt a connection with Drexel. It’s kind of weird because when I was little – my club team always took trips up to watch them play, and we got to go and play on the field at halftime, so it just felt like it was meant to be.
“I was also seriously considering Thomas Jefferson because I really liked the coaching staff and the team there, but when it came down to it, Drexel just was a better fit for the school.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in soccer at the collegiate level? “Playing soccer in college was something I always knew I wanted to do. Growing up with two older brothers who were bigger and stronger than me – it always pushed me to be the best version of myself that I could be. They pushed me to be stronger, and I think that’s what really helped me get to the next level. They inspired me to want to be a college player too.”
Coach Rick Tompkins says: “She’s amazing. She’s as talented as anyone I’ve had here in the 13 years – between her and Camryn Lexow. They’re very similar in terms of approach because they’re excellent players, but they’re also excellent people. They set the standard, they’re polite, and they both work really hard. Casey is so intense, and it shows on the field. She’s so quick, she’s so fast. Her first step usually unbalances the defender. Her one-on-one skills are paramount. Coaches know it – she has a nose for the goal. Goal scorers are hard to find because a lot of kids have ability, but they’re afraid to fail. Casey’s not afraid to take a chance, and her first touch is impeccable. When you put all of that together and you put a classic first touch together with the speed and quickness she has plus that mental toughness she has – it adds up to a player of the year. It’s no surprise she won it last year, and I’m hoping she wins it this year. She’s very, very special. She’s going to have a good career.
“She’s got a lot of empathy. She wants to be a nurse, and I think it’s a good calling, I’m not taking anything away from nurses, but I think she’s got enough leadership qualities and could do bigger things than that if she puts her mind to it. She’s from a good family. (Her brother) Sean did really well here.”
Favorite food: Chicken Parmesan
Favorite TV show: Gray’s Anatomy
Favorite music: Classic Rock & Modern music
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