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High school athlete of the week: Johnson's Kayla Madsen

Scored nine goals in a pair of games last week for Lady Knights

POSTED: March 14, 2011 10:52 p.m.

For most high school soccer players, scoring nine goals over the course of a season would be considered a successful year.
For Johnson High’s Kayla Madsen, that’s just a good week.

The senior found the back of the net nine times last week, scoring five goals against East Hall on Tuesday and four goals against Franklin County on Friday.

For her efforts, Madsen is The Times Athlete of the Week.

“Our team just started working really well together,” Madsen said. “We just clicked and started flowing really well, our one-two passes, our through balls, everything just worked.”

The truth of Madsen’s words was reflected in the games’ final scores: the seventh-ranked Lady Knights beat both East Hall and Franklin County 10-0 in games that were halted in the second half due to a mercy rule.

Madsen leads Johnson (7-0-1, 6-0 Area 8B-AAA) in scoring this season with 16 goals, and she’s also recorded 11 assists.

Johnson coach Phil Higgins believes that Madsen’s scoring outburst is based on the fact that the team’s midfielders feel confident that if they play the ball into her, the striker will score.

“She just makes us all feel confident that if she has the ball at her feet near the net, she’s going to beat the ’keeper,” Higgins said. “She’s the kind of player that stays 30 minutes after practice just to work on placing the ball.”

Higgins also said Madsen’s biggest critic was herself.

“She’s really tough on herself,” Higgins said. “She wants to be the best player out there and so she doesn’t let the small stuff slide.”

Madsen has played soccer since the first grade and hopes to play in college next season.

“But playing in college isn’t the most important thing,” Madsen said. “If I like the school and I like the program and they make a good offer, I’ll go.

“But if I don’t like everything about the situation, I’ll stay in Gainesville for college and play on a club team.”

The senior wants to study athletic training in college and hopes to minor in photography.

Johnson will face its biggest test of the season so far when it hosts fifth-ranked Oconee County at 5:30 p.m. Friday.


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