Where Are They Now?
Former Lincoln High Fighting Zebra Abbie Faingold is a Portland State Viking and has gone from being a star Lincoln’s soccer team to starting goalkeeper in Portland, Ore.
Faingold graduated from LHS in 2014 and enjoyed her time in Portland the last three years. Faingold played varsity her last three years at Lincoln. She was the starting goalkeeper in most of the 46 games played, allowing less than one goal per match while collecting 402 saves. In 21 of those games she kept a clean sheet holding the opponent scoreless.
Her senior season, Faingold averaged 9.3 saves per game. She led the Zebras to the playoffs as a sophomore and the team compiled winning records both her sophomore and a junior years.
In her third year of college last season, Faingold started 16 of 17 games, allowing less than two goals per game. She had 67 saves and shut out her opponents five times. The rising star has already saved 42 shots through eight games this season and three shutouts.
“I’ve had to adjust since joining a Division 1 program, Faingold said. “Additionally, the speed of play and competition at this level is high so I really needed to foster the mindset of continual improvement instead of just maintaining.”
As a freshman at Lincoln, Faingold was starting goalkeeper for the JV team. “Lincoln High had a huge impact in my development as not only an athlete, but as a student and person as well,” said Faingold. “In high school, I had to learn to balance playing multiple sports, extra-curricular activities and academics. I learned valuable skills in all areas that I have taken to college and will continue to utilize for the rest of my life.”
Faingold described her transition from Lincoln to Portland State as “basically just taking the training wheels off a bike.”
In terms of balancing time between class work and athletics at PSU, she said the team’s academic advisors do an excellent job resolving conflicts between class schedules, soccer practice and when traveling. She said she also takes full advantage of online classes when conflicts arise.
Fortunately, Portland State doesn’t begin classes until Sept. 30, which means half the soccer season is complete before course work starts.
To improve her game, the Lincoln alumna said “Distribution and continuing to be vocal on the field. I've been recently named as captain, so it's time I take on more of a leadership role than I have in the past.”
“My first couple of seasons were a learning experience,” she added.
Faingold said she took playing in college a bit for granted at first and did not see the field her first two seasons. It was not until she began putting forth her full effort that she took over in the net.
Faingold said she is undecided about playing after graduation.
“The possibilities are there, it's just a matter of deciding if that's what I want to focus on,” she said. “If not, my plan is to enter law school somewhere back in California and become a contract attorney, dealing specifically with athletes.” Faingold’s advice for high school athletes wanting to continue playing in college is not to give up
“Keep trying to improve; email coaches and reach out,” she said. “Whether it be junior college, NAIA, D-3, D-2 or D-1, there is always a possibility to play and work your way up.”
Feingold has enjoyed being a college athlete. It appears to be going great for her if she can continue to improve and finish her season strong.
Congrats to a Division I athlete.
_ Aaron Jackson is the sports information director for Lincoln High School.