P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Mackinzie Packwood
CLARKSTON, WA —
For Clarkston, senior Mackinzie Packwood, soccer means the world to her.
“Nothing else gives me as much joy as soccer does,” Packwood said.
And she’ll have the opportunity to continue her soccer career.
Next fall, she’ll be playing at Central Washington University, but the journey to get to this point, wasn’t always easy.
“I had a lot of confidence problems where I didn’t know if I could play at that high level,” Packwood said. “I just had that drive to just work and I was like, if I want to play college soccer, I have to put in the work for it.”
Not only can she score goals, but she can get buckets.
This season, she was named as a first-team Great Northern League player.
Even though Clarkston season ended this past weekend, she has no regrets.
“I just found a whole new love for the game this season,” Packwood said. “I think a lot of that came down to just my team. How much I loved being around the girls. We were always having fun and we were always together for each other.”
Her favorite memory for her from the basketball season?
An easy one, upsetting East Valley.
“To be able to prove to everyone that we could play with the number one team in the state was just such a great feeling,” Packwood said.
She also admitted, she takes pride in know they gave East Valley its only loss on the season.
Best soccer memory came from beating a more familiar foe.
“Hands down have to be beating Lewiston in our rivalry game,” She said. “Just because while I was in high school, we haven’t beat them. Finally coming out on top against them with just a big rivalry is just a memory you’ll always remember.”
Packwood’s Clarkston athletic career isn’t over.
In the spring, she says she’s planning on playing tennis, just because it’s the only spring sport she hasn’t tried yet.
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