Two Avon girls are preparing to wrap up their time as Orioles before transitioning to Division I soccer athletes.
Mackenzie Muchow (Butler) and Mikayla Lasky (Purdue) both started as freshmen, were both all-state selections, and now are about to start the next chapter of their lives furthering their education and soccer careers.
Muchow, Avon’s second career-leading scorer, looks forward to being a Bulldog.
“I’m really excited because there’s going to be a lot of new challenges switching to the Big East,” she said. “I’m excited to meet the girls and work with Tari (St. John, Butler coach). She has a lot of knowledge about the game and experience and I think she’ll make me a much better player than I am now.”
The first-team All-State selection feels she adds an offensive spark for her new team.
“I think I bring a lot of attacking ability and a final surge,” Muchow said. “I like to get in the box and attack and score goals, so I think that’s what I’ll do for the team.”
Lasky, the three-time Avon MVP, knows that playing at Purdue will take quite a commitment.
“It’s going to take a lot of work, on and off the field,” she said. “The conditioning, going from playing in high school to playing with Big Ten athletes … it’s probably going to be a lot tougher.”
Purdue coach Robert Klatte said the 5-foot-8 defender brings tenacity.
“Mikayla is a mobile, tough defender and consistent battler,” he said. “She’s very good in the air — she can both defend set pieces and score goals from them.”
Lasky added, “I communicate very well on the field and I’m pretty good at getting balls out of the air. Just like a defensive aspect for how people should be defending on the field.”