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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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Scores & Schedules

April 17, 2014 07:11 GMT

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 3 Chi Cubs 0 (first game)

N-Y Yankees 2 Chi Cubs 0 (second game)

AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0

Cleveland 3, Detroit 2

Texas 3, Seattle 2

Kansas City 6, Houston 4, 11 innings

Boston 6, Chicago White Sox 4, 14 innings

Toronto at Minnesota, ppd., rain

L.A. Angels 5, Oakland 4, 12 innings

Thursday's Games

Cleveland (Salazar 0-1) at Detroit (Verlander 1-1), 1:08 p.m.

Toronto (Dickey 1-2) at Minnesota (Pelfrey 0-2), 1:10 p.m., 1st game

Seattle (E.Ramirez 1-2) at Texas (Scheppers 0-1), 2:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-2) at Tampa Bay (Price 2-0), 7:10 p.m.

Toronto (McGowan 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 2-0), 7:10 p.m., 2nd game

Boston (Lester 1-2) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 3-0), 8:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Shields 0-2) at Houston (Feldman 2-0), 8:10 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's Games

Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 0

Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1

N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 2

Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 0

Washington 6, Miami 3

San Diego 4, Colorado 2

San Francisco 2, L.A. Dodgers 1

Thursday's Games

Atlanta (A.Wood 2-1) at Philadelphia (Burnett 0-1), 1:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 2-0), 3:45 p.m.

Colorado (Morales 0-1) at San Diego (Kennedy 1-2), 6:40 p.m.

Milwaukee (Gallardo 2-0) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wainwright 2-1) at Washington (Jordan 0-1), 7:05 p.m.

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Indiana 101, Orlando 86

Charlotte 91, Chicago 86, OT

Utah 136, Minnesota 130,2OT

Oklahoma City 112, Detroit 111

Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 103

Memphis 106, Dallas 105, OT

L.A. Lakers 113, San Antonio 100

New Orleans 105, Houston 100

Washington 118, Boston 102

Cleveland 114, Brooklyn 85

Philadelphia 100, Miami 87

New York 95, Toronto 92

Portland 110, L.A. Clippers 104

Phoenix 104, Sacramento 99

Golden State 116, Denver 112

Friday's Games

No games scheduled

NHL PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) Wednesday, April 16

Montreal 5, Tampa Bay 4, OT, Montreal leads series 1-0

Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 3, Pittsburgh leads series 1-0

Anaheim 4, Dallas 3, Anaheim leads series 1-0

Thursday, April 17

Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Colorado, 9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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KEYE-TV Sports Team


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