Abi Brighton - Soccer - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#33 Abi Brighton


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


2023 All-SEC Second Team
2021 SEC Honor Roll
2020 SEC All-Tournament Team
2020 SEC All-Freshman Team

As a Senior  (2023): 

  • Started in all 18 games for the Commodores and registered over 1,500 minutes played
  • Finished year with two goals, three assists for seven points
  • Registered another assist in 3-3 draw against Florida (Oct. 22)
  • Delivered game winning assist off a corner kick to win match against Missouri (Oct. 13)
  • Tallied second goal and first assist of season against Texas A&M (Oct. 5)
  • Scored first goal of season against Ole Miss (Sept. 21)
  • Named team captian

As a Junior  (2022): 

  • Started all 21 of the Dores’ matches
  • Totaled 1,683 minutes on the pitch
  • Collected seven points from one goal and five assists
  • Recorded her first assist on the season against ETSU (Sept. 2)
  • Found second assist in 1-1 draw against Georgia (Oct. 6)
  • Tallied her first goal on the season at Florida (Oct. 10)
  • Had an assist in Dores’ SEC quarterfinals victory over No. 9 Arkansas (Nov. 1)
  • Assisted game-winning goal in NCAA Tournament win at No. 25 Clemson

As a Sophomore (2021): 

  • Appeared in all 19 contests for the Commodores, starting 18
  • Recorded third-most goals on the team with 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 (Sept. 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 (Oct. 18)
  • Netted a rocket of a goal in the second round of the SEC Tournament against Mississippi State (Nov. 15) 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 (Nov. 22)
  • Tallied the game-tying goal against No. 17 Memphis (March 28) 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.”