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Oct. 11, 2012

A defender, Abby has played in 69 games and started 68 matches during her four-year career at Pitt. The English writing major has tallied four assists and 18 shots as a defender.  During her freshman season, she helped the backfield register a school record 10 shutouts. A two-time Big East Academic All-Star selection, Abby was named to the Big East Honor Roll in 2010. A South Williamsport, Pa. native, Abby is the daughter of James and Elizabeth Baldys.

Q: What are your favorite memories of attending Pitt?

A: "I would have to say being able to play home games under the lights."

Q: What are your favorite soccer memories?

A: "My favorite memory would have to be when we made it to playoffs my sophomore year."

Q: Why did you attend Pitt in the first place?

A: "I really loved the atmosphere here.  It just felt like home to me."

Q: What have you learned playing soccer at Pitt? What are some of the things that you'll take with you in life?

A: "I have learned a lot about hard work and dedication.  I've also learned a lot about time management with having to balance class and soccer."

Q: How has playing soccer at Pitt changed you?

A: "It made me more mentally tough."

Q: What does playing at Ambrose Urbanic Field mean to you?

A: "It means a lot about pride for me.  When we play on the field, we can see the city at the far end.  It reminds me that we are playing for the university and for the city.  That's who we represent."

Q: Thing that you will miss most about Pitt soccer?

A: "I will miss all the girls and all the friendships that I have created.  I will miss seeing them every day.  I'll miss training and the entire soccer staff.

Q: What is the biggest adjustment to playing college soccer?

A: "The intensity and field of play is the hardest thing to get used to right away."

Q: What makes Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh unique?

A: "There's a really great city atmosphere and the great quality of education at Pitt.  All of that is really hard to find in a university."

Q: Looking back on your career, what are some things that you would do differently?

A: "I wouldn't play as scared my freshman and sophomore year. I would have tried to relax a little more in games."

Q: What advice do you have for an incoming freshman soccer player at Pitt?

A: "Enjoy it as much as possible because it's over before you know it."

Q: What is the best thing about attending Pitt?

A: "I really enjoy all of my classes. Being able to go to class and be engaged and interested in the lectures has been just awesome.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: "I'm uncertain at this point."

Women's Soccer Senior Profile: Abby Baldys

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