Your BHS Women's Soccer Player of the Week is Abby 'Bugsy' Stolt.
Bugsy made her return to the competitive soccer world when she starred in the recent JV doubleheader against Springdale and Heritage. She capped off her return with two goals and an assist. It was the first competitive game Bugsy had played in almost two years. Her long awaited return was the highlight of two wins, and was a huge step in successfully navigating her condition, known as Anklyosing spondylitis, which is a form of arthritis that affects the spine and other joints.
Q: How did it feel to be back?
A: It was amazing. I went from being in a pretty low point to being able to walk and then eventually being able to run. To play was more than I could have asked for, honestly. Everything was pretty new again.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to someone in a similar situation, being out for such a long time?
A: I guess this is cliche, but don't give up. There were a lot of points where I was like, if I'm not back by this month then I'm going to stop, and then I would get to that month and I was like, I'm not going to stop. I kept having to tell myself that. I had to go to like 12 or 13 doctors before I found the right one. Every doctor I saw told me they didn't know what was wrong with me and they couldn't figure it out, and they would send me to someone else. It was like a wild goose chase trying to find the right option, and it finally just took one person, in just a twenty minute visit, and it changed my life. Just because I didn't give up trying to find the right doctor so I could get back on the field.
Q: What is your favorite BHS womens soccer memory?
A: Definitely scoring in the State Championship final my freshman year. The ball came in, and Lauren Holly shot it and the goalkeeper batted the ball into my path, and I just followed it in. It was the 2nd goal of our 3-0 win against Cabot.
Q: What are your goals, in soccer or in life?
A: I want to be a doctor. I just want to give someone the chance that my new doctors have given me, a second chance in life. There were a lot of times I didn't see anything ever happening with me, when I was in my wheelchair or on crutches, and to be able to show someone that they can do anything they want to, no matter what adversities they might face, I want to be able to give that to someone, like my doctors have given to me.