Rock Canyon's Young followed sport early

Soccer player bound for college in Oregon

Tom Munds
Rock Canyon's Kaycie Young, left, contends for a loose ball during the May 13 Class 5A state girls soccer quarterfinals against Ralston Valley at Shea Stadium. Young finished the year with 13 goals and nine assists, and has been named Colorado Community Media's south metro girls soccer player of the year.
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Kaycie Young grew up watching some of the best one-two touch soccer players and molded herself into one.

Young, a Rock Canyon senior, is the Colorado Community Media Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

She is headed to the University of Portland next fall to play soccer, and Young's arrival means the Pilots will also be getting the 2014 Continental League Player of the Year and the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year.

“My sister (Bri) played soccer at a pretty high level when I was younger,” said Young. “I watched her play and I watch a lot of soccer on TV. I was taught to play that way (one-two touch). It was a pretty easy thing to develop because I had been watching it that way my whole life “

Rock Canyon coach Matt Henbest boasts that Young was part of the reason behind the Jaguars' Continental League championship season.

“She's a good person with good character,” said Henbest. “In terms of on the field, she's a one-two touch soccer player. You have to be able to think quick. She sees the field so well. She is incredibly unselfish. She could have scored more goals. She is the all-time goal-scoring leader at the school with 45.”

Young, a 5-foot-7 midfielder, has led Rock Canyon in scoring the past three years. She finished her senior season with 13 goals and 35 points for Rock Canyon, which ended with a 16-2 record after a state quarterfinal loss to Ralston Valley.

“If I have an opportunity, I usually try to take shots,” said Young. “I've always had players around me that can do that. I like to take shots when the opportunity presents itself. It comes with experience. It took me a while to start shooting.”

It didn't take long for opponents to learn that Young was a player who always needed to be marked.

“Kaycie has a commanding presence on the field that is intimidating to opposing teams but yet calming to her teammates,” commented Highlands Ranch coach Danny Main .

“I got to play with a lot of great people and the coaching staff was awesome,” said Young. “It was a great last year to end my high school career. I just wanted to be a good leader for all the underclassmen and returning players. I wanted to have fun and make it a memorable last season for me, and it was.”