Pre-Season Profiles: Kylee MacArthur
June 1, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Recent West Ranch High School graduate Kylee MacArthur’s attraction to The Master’s College isn’t built on her family relationship of being the granddaughter to the school’s president, Dr. John MacArthur.
It goes much deeper than that.
“After visiting and being in contact with schools like Clemson, USC, Wheaton, and Waldorf, I began noticing a distinct difference on their campuses,” said MacArthur. “TMC stood out among the other schools because of its unique atmosphere. The students, the athletes, and the coaches were all overwhelmingly welcoming and caring! The dynamic of being with like-minded believers and growing alongside them was very appealing. Also, being close to home and staying involved in my home church was very important to me…I’m glad I get to stay.”
Prior to her signing with TMC, the Santa Clarita Valley native aided the West Ranch Wildcats at the center midfield position. The 2012 Foothill League MVP tallied five goals in her senior year which contributed to her receiving nods as a member of both the All-Foothill League and All-SCV First Team squads. West Ranch went 6-5-4 during its 2012 campaign and made the first playoff appearance in program history. In addition, MacArthur also played alongside fellow new Mustang signee Gabby Arnone on the REAL SoCal club team in the ECNL division.
Off the field, MacArthur excelled in the classroom as a four-year scholar athlete. While still undecided on her field of study, MacArthur is eager to put forth a strong effort in the collegiate-level classroom.
“I’m really excited to come to TMC, continue to work alongside the girls, and work as a team and to grow spiritually in this unique atmosphere.”
Sixth-year TMC head coach Curtis Lewis is equally thrilled to have MacArthur on campus and anticipates excellence from the future Mustang.
“She (MacArthur) is an athlete- she’s got that mindset and attitude that any coach would be excited to work with,” reports Lewis. “She’s the type of player that will run though a brick wall, get knocked down, and try again…she’ll get the job done for you and that’s exciting. One of my goals for her is to be an All-American by her sophomore year. I’m excited for her to not just be a MacArthur, but to just be Kylee and develop her identity on the college campus and not in her background.”
TMC went 11-10-1 in 2011, finishing 4-5 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Lady Mustangs ventured into the postseason by making it to the semi-finals of the GSAC tournament before falling to conference rival Azusa Pacific University 2-1. The squad finished 26th in the nation and anticipates building off its success in the coming campaign.
After losing six seniors to graduation, the Lady Mustangs will be showcasing a younger squad in the coming season. And while MacArthur will immediately have the opportunity to contribute to the young roster, she realizes that there’s plenty of work to be done until she reaches her coaches All-American aspirations.
“I just love the sport and I want to serve the Lord through each game while getting better and growing as an athlete.”