The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For a list of the other Gatorade State girls Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Julie Mackin
School: Castle View (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Position: Forward and Midfielder
Athletic achievement: She scored 14 goals and passed for five assists this past season, leading the Sabercats (10-7) to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, Mackin travelled to Spain to play in the La Manga Tournament in March. A two-time Class 5A Second Team All-State selection, she concluded her prep soccer career with 50 goals and 23 assists.
Academic excellence: Mackin has maintained a 3.98 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Sabercat Athletic Leadership Team, she has volunteered locally as a special-needs teaching assistant, as part of community-beautification projects and as a youth soccer coach.
“Julie Mackin’s pace and skill while on the dribble is exceptional,” said Mat Henbest, head coach of Rock Canyon High. “She is the reason for nearly all of the Sabercats’ success. She is a special player.”
THE FUTURE: Mackin has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Clemson University beginning this fall.