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Doniak fills sisters' shoes
by Paul Kennedy, January 19th, 2012 3:25AM
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TAGS:  under-20 women's world cup, youth girls


[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] Makenzy Doniak is the third in line of a sister trio that has been the toast of Southern California girls soccer. She's coming off a strong January camp with the U.S. under-18 national team with which she scored two goals in a 4-1 win over the Shanghai Women's Football Club. For four things to know about Doniak ...

FAMILY AFFAIR. Older sisters Alyssa and Kylie both had outstanding careers in at the youth level and in college. Their father, Dave, was a defensive lineman at Long Beach State and had a tryout with the NFL's Rams.

CAL SOUTH STUD. Makenzy, who plays her club ball for Slammers FC and at Ayala High School in Chino Hills, could be the best of the three sisters. She was named the 2011 Cal South Player of the Year and helped Cal South win the '94 girls title at the 2011 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championship with the tying goal in the 90th minute of the final against New Jersey. In one of the great performances of the 2011 high school season in the CIF-Southern Section, Doniak scored four goals to give Chino Hills Ayala a 6-2 over eventual champion Bishop Amat to hand the Lancers their only loss of the season.

YOUTH TEAM FIXTURE. Doniak has been a fixture in the national youth team program in the '94 age group for three years. She was one of nine Californians on the U-18s who were training in Chula Vista, Calif., in early January. They are eligible for the 2012 Under-20 Women's World Cup, but they will more likely form the nucleus of the 2014 U.S. Under-20 Women's World Cup team.

VIRGINIA-BOUND. Alyssa attended UC Santa Barbara and St. Mary's (and is now back home teaching 6th grade at a private school), Kylie just finished his senior year at Texas, but the 5-foot-7 Makenzy is headed all the way to Virginia. She said things felt right about Virginia and turned down offers from such California schools as Stanford, UCLA and USC. She'll be only one of two Californians on the Cavs' roster. Shasta Fisher was a spot starter as a sophomore.

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