After a very impressive career as a Pointer, Abby
Richter has now made it into the Pointers Hall of
As a goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team,
Richter was a major contributor to the Pointers’
success from 1997-2000, helping the team to four
NCAA Tournaments throughout her career.
Not only does Richter hold the record for the
most wins as a goalkeeper at 20, but she also boasts
an impressive 945 consecutive scoreless minutes as
Richter recalls a few fond memories from her
time at UWSP.
“Playing in the NCAA Final Four in Boston
is a top memory. Also winning the conference
championship, especially my senior year as well,”
The Pointers went to the Final Four in Boston
in 2000, facing off against Tufts University. The
game ended in overtime, with a lone goal being the
deciding factor for the Pointers 1-0 loss.Despite losing in the Final Four, the Pointers
concluded the 2000 season with a record of 22-5.
UWSP also had the longest winning streak in the
nation at 16, before the loss to Tufts.
Richter has also been named both a First Team
Regional All-American and First Team All-Wisconsin
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
With these impressive statistics and records,
Richter noted the support she received during her
“My parents always supported me and were my
biggest fans. My coaches, Sheila Miech and Larry
Leton, made me believe in myself and in my team,”
Richter also mentioned how the success of the
Pointers was shown through the team’s strong
“We believed we were capable of winning every
game on any day,” Richter said.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is a fitting
culmination of a career for Richter.
“I was very excited and honored when I found
out I was being inducted. I am very humbled by the
recognition,” Richter said.