St. Johns Country Day senior Abbey Newton repeated as the Times-Union's All-First Coast girls soccer player of the year for 2017-18.

Count all the games and all the goals and all the highlights of Abbey Newton's soccer career at St. Johns Country Day, and the numbers add up fast.

Her 134 goals with the Spartans. Her 124 assists. Her state-record seven consecutive Class 1A state championships during her high school career, from sixth grade through senior year.

But there's one number that Florida's soccer world doesn't know.

The road to seven in a row took wake-up calls at 4 a.m. and a grueling workout and recovery routine that few teenagers would tackle.

It's why St. Johns Country Day girls soccer coach Mike Pickett describes Newton as the team's "silent warrior."

"She's been like a weight room junkie," Pickett said.

And it's a big reason why the hard-working midfielder is now the first-ever back-to-back selection as the Times-Union's All-First Coast girls soccer player of the year.

Newton also became the third Northeast Florida player ever to win the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Soccer award, along with Orange Park's Jill Ford (1995) and St. Johns Country Day's Carson Pickett (2012).

While her stats naturally jump out — this year, that meant 35 goals and 26 assists in the Spartans' undefeated season, likely clinching a second straight national title for St. Johns — it's Newton's work to chase down and round up loose balls by the dozen that makes her a superbly well-rounded competitor.

"I feel like it's a position that might not get a ton of attention, but it's super important," Newton said. "It's a position where I can see the field, and it's a leadership role."

Finding the strength to excel there, though, wasn't easy, even for a prodigiously talented player who won a starting role for the Spartans at the age of 12.

In 2015, Newton went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, an injury that could have scrapped her entire sophomore season and derailed her career. She made sure that it wouldn't.

"It was non-contact, so that meant something in my body was not strong enough," she said. "That pain was something I did not want to go through again, and I was going to do everything in my power to keep that from happening. So that's what got me going."

It got her going early.

Recovering as quickly as possible meant setting the alarm in the wee hours — 4 a.m. — and riding with her father for gym sessions at 4:30 a.m. before school, building up her strength to return to the field better than ever.

"Kids come back from an ACL and they're nervous, afraid of contact," Pickett said. "She did not have that. She came back fearless."

With her improved strength, Newton came back particularly formidable in aerial combat.

"You don't ever see Abbey misjudge a header," Pickett said. "I don't care who she's playing against, when she goes up to get a ball, it's hers."

Newton returned to the lineup well ahead of schedule in late 2015. Since then, the Spartans haven't lost a game, knocking down opponents one by one for 70 consecutive victories and allowing just 18 goals in the last two years.

Along the way, she's earned a place in history. Newton and her Spartans teammates Payton Crews and Alisa Detlefsen will enter the books as Florida's only seven-time high school soccer champions.

"It's created a bond that will never go away, and I think that's also really cool," Newton said.

After seven years at St. Johns, that part of the journey is ending. Her next step is LSU, where she adds to an ever-growing Northeast Florida contingent in the SEC.

Though the 4 a.m. sessions are done now, Newton's workout-warrior ways remain strong two-plus years after full recovery — and she's grateful for the chance to turn her most painful soccer setback into a new and improved beginning.

"It made me work harder and helped me develop as a player, mentally and physically," Newton said. "It sounds strange, but it wasn't all bad."