Abi Brighton - Soccer - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#33 Abi Brighton


Class Junior
Hometown Hilton Head Island, S.C.
High School Heritage

2021 SEC Honor Roll
2020 SEC All-Tournament Team
2020 SEC All-Freshman Team

As a Sophomore (2021): 

  • Appeared in all 19 contests for the Commodores, starting 18
  • Recorded third-most goals on the team (three)
  • Opened the season with two goals in three games
  • Tallied eight points in her sophomore season off three goals and two assists

As a Freshman (2020-21): 

  • Started all 16 games throughout the season
  • Was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after the regular season and earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament Team
  • Finished the season with three goals and two assists for eight points
  • Made her collegiate debut in the season opener against Kentucky (9/20/20)
  • Recorded her first point with an assist on the equalizing goal in Vanderbilt’s 2-1 double-overtime victory on the road at Florida (10/18/20)
  • Netted a rocket of a goal in the second round of the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State (11/15/20) that went on to earn No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. Also had an assist in the 4-2 victory.
  • Scored the third goal in the SEC title game against No. 6 Arkansas (11/22/20)
  • Tallied the game-tying goal against No. 17 Memphis (3/28/21) in the 88th minute

High School:

  • Student of the month (May 2019)
  • Heritage Academic Scholarship Award (2019)
  • Captain (2012-18)


  • Born March 29, 2002 in Beaufort, S.C.
  • Parents: John and Stephanie Brighton
  • Club Team: Armada FC
  • Club Coach: Daniel Villarreal
  • Chose Vanderbilt because “I am excited to experience a change of scenery going from a small island to a big city. I can’t wait to be a part of such a competitive team and school to push me to the best of my ability.”