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Kylie Doniak's Special Return to Texas

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT
Friday night is opening night for most high school football teams across central Texas. But at Mike A. Myers Stadium, a soccer complex, we found a comeback story brighter than any set of Friday night lights.

In four years at Texas, Kylie Doniak scored 18 goals for the UT soccer team. But despite all those points, the forward never uplifted a crowd at Myers the way she did Friday night.

"She's all smiles tonight, and everyone else is all smiles," said Lucy Keith, Doniak's former Texas teammate.

Back in Austin for the first time since moving home to southern California in April to continue her recovery from the accident that nearly took her life, Doniak was on hand to watch her sister, a freshman for Virginia, take on her former team. At halftime, Kylie was recognized for winning the Big 12 Female Sportsperson of the Year award. Texas Director of Women's Athletics Chris Plonsky was on hand for the honor. But she wasn't the only one.

Several of Doniak's former teammates came back to see Kylie do what she did best: make an impact at Myers Stadium.

"For her to step on the middle of that field that she dominated for for years, tall and strong again with that bright smile - it was awesome," Plonsky said during an interview with KEYE TV sports.

"This is her home," said Keith. "This is where we spent the last four years. She seems perfectly comfortable and content here."

Chris Petrucelli, Doniak's former coach at UT is now at SMU. His team played the front end of Friday's doubleheader. He didn't leave until he saw Kylie, and Kylie saw him.

"Sure, she was tough on the soccer field, she never gave up and she fought through everything," Petrucelli told KEYE TV sports. "But she fought for her life for a few days, and those were quite difficult days."

In soccer, a sport where players are restricted to only using their feet, intangibles tend to make the difference. Kylie Doniak's courage didn't show up on the scoreboard Friday night, but for anyone in attendance, it was certainly hard to miss.Kylie Doniak's Special Return to Texas


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