Reed City girl reflects on 14 years of soccer
REED CITY - Reed City's MacKenzie Wein didn't quite get the sendoff to her Coyote sports career she would had preferred.
Wein played volleyball and soccer for the Coyotes. She got her senior volleyball season in last fall. But soccer, along with other spring sports, was canceled on April 3 by the MHSAA because of the coronavirus. She had played soccer for 14 years since she was 4.
"The last three years were really good, "Wein said. "Our soccer skills are good. We got a new coach."
Wein usually played center mid and was expecting to be at that spot again
"I scored many goals," she said. "I got all-conference last year with some of my other friends whom I've played with since I was 4 years old."
During the offseason, Wein was at the gym every day to improve her fitness for soccer.
"I went to a Grand Valley camp and did a lot of work there," she said. "Definitely my fitness (would have been improved). I worked hard on my running and getting my stamina up.
"We had really good potential this year. We had some good freshmen on our team,"
But then came the news of the season suspension and then the cancellation announcement.
"I was heartbroken," she said. "It's heartbreaking not to play the game you've loved for 14 years and play your last season and not have been able to play a game. We had one week of practice. It was all indoors."
Wein plans to possibly pursue her nursing degree at Mid Michigan College.
"Hopefully I'll be able to play again even if it's just club sports," Wein said. "As much as I love volleyball, soccer was really my heart and I played that the longest."