Get to Know: McKinzie Olson

Sophomore goalkeeper McKinzie Olson has worked hard to help the Cougars to eight shutouts. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Name: McKinzie Olson


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Who is your favorite athlete and why? Tim Howard, because he is an animal! And an absolutely brilliant goalkeeper.

How old were you when you starting playing soccer? Six years old.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career? Getting an All-America award my freshman year.

Where was the toughest place you've ever competed? ODP Camps.

Who are the first people you call after a game? My Dad and Mom or my brother Trent.

What is the one movie you must have in your movie collection? Pahntom of the Opera.

If you could meet any person living or dead, who would it be? President Gordon B. Hinckley.

What is your pet peeve? When people chew with their mouth open.

What is your worst habit? Procrastinating

What has been your most favorite roadtrip since being at BYU? Miami in 2008.

What is your nickname? "Mac"

What words or phrases do you use way too much? "Rad"

What is your favorite thing about playing at South Field? The amazing fans!

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FRESHMAN (2008)

Saw action in 20 games ... started 16 games ... ranked 10th nationally in goals-against-average (0.503) ... ranked 4th in NCAA in save percentage (0.883) ... named to SoccerBuzz.com Freshman All-America 2nd Team ... named to SoccerBuzz.com All-Freshman West Region Team ... Academic All-MWC ... MWC Player of the Week ... TopDrawerSoccer.com All Rookie 2nd Team ... ranked 1st in the MWC in shutouts with nine ... tops in the MWC with 0.833 save percentage ... 1st in MWC with 0.47 shutouts per game average ... Lead the team in goalie minutes (1653:43), saves, goals against, goals-against-average, shutouts ... combined with team for 15 shutouts ... named Female Rookie of the Year at the Y Awards.

Before BYU

Deseret News, Ms. Soccer for the State of Utah in 2007... Salt Lake Tribune, All-State Soccer, 5A First Team in 2005 and 2007 ... Salt Lake Tribune, All-State Soccer, 5A Second Team in 2006 ... Deseret News, All-State Soccer, 5A Honorable Mention in 2006... Utah 5A State Champions in 2005 ... Deseret News, 5A Soccer MVP in 2005...Region II Outstanding Goalkeeper in 2005, 2006, and 2007 ... Varsity Leadership & Most Inspirational Player award winner in 2005 ... Varsity Defensive MVP in 2005 ... Varsity Overall Team MVP in 2005 and 2007 ... named 1320 KFAN UPS Delivery of the Week (Player of the Week) once in 2007 ... Varsity Letter Award in Basketball in 2005, 2006, and 2007 ... member of the Utah Avalanche since 2002 ... Utah State Cup Champions in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Utah State Cup Finalists in 2003 and 2005 ... Disney Soccer Showcase Predator Division Champions in 2006 ... Phoenix President's Cup Semi-Finalist in 2005 ... Phoenix President's Cup Finalist in 2006 ... Girls San Diego Surf Cup Finalist (Gold) in 2007 ... Las Vegas College Showcase 2nd Flight Champions in 2007 ... Region IV Semi-Finalist in 2007 ... Region IV Quarter-Finalist in 2004 , 2006 and 2008 ... member of the Utah Soccer Olympic Development Team since 2003 and Region IV Olympic Development Team since 2004 ... toured Italy with Region IV Team in March 2006 ... also received a Superior Rating from the Utah Federation Piano Competition from 2002-06 and a Superior Rating from the Utah Federation Concerto Competition in 2007 ... Youth Senator/Senate Secretary from 2004-2005 ... participated in a Model United in 2005 ... earned Diamond "B" Citizenship Award (highest award for citizenship) in 2005 ... earned President's Education Award in 2005 ... Academic Letter Award in Scholarship in 2006 and 2007 ... National Honor Society member from 2006-Current ... Brighton High School Bengal of the Month in December 2005 and October 2006 ... Honor Roll member every trimester at BHS ... maintains a 3.952 GPA.

Personal

Parents: Ken and Jill ... Siblings: Tyler and Trent.

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