September 06, 2017 09:50 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Kasson-Mantorville KoMets girls soccer team has been to the state tournament once in school history, and if the team returns to state in 2017, they’ll likely lean on unselfish play—and their unselfish star senior midfielder, MaKayla Griffin.
“She’s been on varsity since 8th grade,” KoMets head girls soccer coach Chris Soderberg said. “She’s always had a knack to set up other players to score.”
Griffin, who’s in her 5th season with the KoMets varsity soccer squad, piled up four assists in her team’s 11-0 win over Lake City on Thursday.
“We got a lot of goals that game, so that was exciting,” Griffin said.
With those four assists, Griffin has 46 career assists—breaking Laurel Ramer’s previous career school record of 45 (Ramer was named Minnesota Miss Soccer in 2012, and holds the KoMets record with 100 career goals).
“It definitely means a lot,” Griffin said. “I couldn’t have done it without my team, but it really was a great experience. You have to always be thinking one step ahead always, and you always have to see the opportunities for the team.”
“It comes from playing a lot of soccer games,” Soderberg said about Griffin’s career feat. “She plays heavily all year-round. She plays in the winter, she also plays very high competitive during the summer as well and has great coaching throughout all seasons. She has a knack for finding the right passing lanes and getting people open.”
MaKayla is the third Griffin to play soccer for Soderberg—over the past ten years, Soderberg has coached MaKayla’s older sisters, fellow midfielders Brianna (a previous captain who played at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota) and Bailey.
Like Brianna, MaKayla is a co-captain on the KoMet’s 2017 team, and leadership is clearly runs in the family.
“If you take leadership, it definitely sets up the younger people coming up on the team to have someone to look up to,” Griffin said.
Besides Griffin’s record-breaking talent, leadership is a good reason why she’ll be playing Division I soccer next fall—she’s committed to South Dakota State University to play soccer in 2018.
Whenever a teammate is down physically, mentally, or emotionally on the pitch, Griffin has proven she’ll always be there for support.
“(During a captain’s practice this summer) One of our 7th graders was really struggling, and was in tears, and MaKayla was the first one there,” Soderberg recalled. “She was sitting with her, making sure she called her mom, got her home safe. That’s something that not all seniors will do. It’s small, but that’s something that 7th grader will remember.”
“If you see someone struggling, any person would have the intentions to go help them,” Griffin said about the same situation. “That’s what I saw and I just knew that I could potentially make her day, or make it better than it was.”
Griffin also has 43 career goals, and she’ll be looking to add onto that goal total and extend her assists record on Thursday against the Rochester Lourdes Eagles.
Updated: September 06, 2017 09:50 PM
Created: September 06, 2017 09:27 AM
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