CLEMSON, S.C. – High school senior and Clemson signee Julie Mackin was named the 2016 Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year for Colorado as announced by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA Today High School Sports.
The award is given based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season, as well as academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Mackin joins an elite alumni association of past state-award winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98), Derek Jeter (1991-92), Candace Parker (2001-02), Alexi Lalas (1987-88), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02), and Mark Sanchez (2004-05).
The senior forward scored 14 goals and passed for five assists this past season, leading Castle View High School to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. She traveled with the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team to Spain in March, her seventh USWNT appearance.
She has maintained a 3.98 GPA during her high school career and is a member of her high school Athletic Leadership team, volunteers locally as a special-needs teaching assistant, and as a youth soccer coach.
Mackin will join Eddie Radwanski’s squad starting June 22 for the second summer academic session. The team begins training for the 2016 season on Aug. 2.
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