When Mackenzie Callas' mother, Tracy, tried to find the right word to describe her daughter's style of play last week, the closest she could come up with was passion.
"Kenzie has got passion and--," Tracy said. "I don't know what the word is."
Anyone who has seen Kenzie play soccer knows that one word doesn't quite cover it.
The senior who has started for four years for Head Coach Jed Lacey signed to play soccer at Breanu University last week at Dawson County High School.
"She's a very aggressive player, the kind that will fit in well with our team and kind of how we like to play," said Brenau Head Coach Mike Lochstampfor. "Works really, really hard and that's kind of what always stands out about her play-spirited and puts a lot of pressure on opposing teams. We love that fact about her."
Callas, who has playing soccer since she was about 4, has shown on and off the field she's tough and will not quit.
"What has got her here is her natural ability and her hard work in the classroom and out of the classroom," Lacey said. "The past three years we have gone to the sweet sixteen once and the elite eight twice. Kenzie had a lot to do with that. Without players like this, we don't get there."
She is a captain for the girls' team and won the MVP award last year as a top midfielder. She was also named to the all-region team.
All of Callas' family took turns, through tears, talking about their pride in her accomplishments and her hard work and independence.
Callas' dad, James, told the story of her older sisters roughing her up when she was younger as siblings sometimes do.
"I knew Kenzie was competitive when her older sisters beat her up one day," James said.
Following the incident, she announced to her dad she wanted to take up kick boxing.
"The next fight I heard her three sisters come out of the room and say don't mess with her," James Callas said.
The punching bag still hangs in her room.
"She wraps her legs around that punching bag and touches her head to the floor and does sit-ups," he said.
When Callas starts at Brenau next fall she plans to study graphic design and digital design with a minor in marketing.
She said she thinks the transition will be smooth because of other DCHS players who have gone on before her, particularly alumnae Anela Melton, who is a goal keeper for the Golden Tigers.
"I like knowing that I get to go and play with some people that I know and love already," Callas said. "Just to feel like it's already one heartbeat."