JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Looking to finalize her roster heading into the 2018 Fall season, Jacksonville University head women's soccer coach Laura Kane announced the addition of Canadian product Makenzie Kavanagh to the team's depth chart Thursday afternoon.
"We are excited for Makenzie to join the dolphin family," Kane said. "Not only will she will bring tremendous pace and athleticism to our backline, but she will be a great student and teammate as well."
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Kanavagh spent the past four years as a member of the Toronto Blizzard club soccer team, serving as a captain this past season. The 5-4 defender helped the team capture the 2017 U21 Ontario Cup Championship, as well as the Players Paradise Tournament title. As a member of the Blizzard in 2016, she won the U17/U18 New Year's Kick-Off Classic Tournament, and assisted the squad in posting an undefeated mark at the Guelph University College Showcase.
Kavanagh's 2015 club campaign was highlighted by an undefeated record and MVP honors in the Crossroads of America College Showcase, as well as a championship at the Sahlen's one-day tournament. The Blizzard placed third in the All-Ontario Western Division, and were ranked among the top-8 amongst all U15 girls' soccer teams in Ontario. Kavanagh was as Elite League Champion in 2014, and also led the team to victories in the Hershey Winter League and the Mississauga International Tournament.
Aside from soccer, the multi-sport athlete also competed in volleyball, basketball and track & field during her high school career, serving as a volleyball team captain. She attended Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga, consistently receiving honors over the past four years and posting a 3.8 GPA her senior year.
"I truly feel she has only scratched the surface of her potential and we are looking forward to helping her grow over the next several years," Kane added.
Kavanagh becomes the seventh freshman and ninth player overall to sign with the Dolphins ahead of the 2018 season, joining the six members of the team's 2018 spring recruiting class, as well as transfers Kylie McCue and Kristian Shores.
Under the direction of Kane and her newly-hired coaching staff, Jacksonville looks to build upon a 5-11 record from 2017. The team recently revealed its Fall 2018 schedule, which includes nine contests at Southern Oak Stadium.