Hall Of Fame Spotlight: Abby Richter
Connor Daniels
cdani404@uwsp.edu

After a very impressive career as a Pointer, Abby Richter has now made it into the Pointers Hall of Fame.

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 a goalkeeper.

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,” Richter said.

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 college years.

“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 said.

Richter also mentioned how the success of the Pointers was shown through the team’s strong mindset.

“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.