Ayala will not have super attacker Makenzy Doniak for Friday’s first-round playoff game

Ayala High School senior striker Makenzy Doniak, arguably one of the best attacking players in Southern California on her way to the University of Virginia, will not be with the team in Ayala’s Division 3 first-round game at home against Sultana on Friday, Bulldogs coach Jeff Allen said.

Doniak’s sister Kylie Doniak, a senior soccer player at the University of Texas and former Ayala standout, was injured in a hit-and-run car accident while crossing the street near the Texas campus earlier this month.

Kylie Doniak remains in intensive care while battling brain swelling and broken bones, but recently opened her eyes and is moving her fingers, her family said.

Makenzy Doniak left to be with her sister soon after the accident and returned to school on Monday. But Allen said she will return to Texas on Friday to be at her sister’s side.

“It’s obviously been a very difficult time for her and all of us,” Allen said. “She said she might play next week (if Ayala advances), but soccer isn’t as important as the life issues she’s dealing with. I think she’s the best player in California but being with her sister and family is more important. It’s a lot more important than soccer.”

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  • Sierra League Fan

    There are much more important things than sports….after all they are just games. I hope things go well for the family. God bless!

  • D-Mo

    Fred, Kylie has an amazing family. So thankful to hear about her progress, and the outpouring of love and prayers being sent their way.
    Her father, Dave, played football on the ’75 Azusa Aztec team (also a great basketball player). He and Lori, who went to Glendora High, have raised a beautiful and loving family. Not surprised that Makenzy is by her sister’s side. Each day they do a progress report posted on a site called Caringbridge.
    There is going to be a fund raiser at Chili’s in Chino Hills on Thursday. Check it out.

  • SGV Athlete

    Thoughts and prayers with the Doniak family during this rough time. I hope that Kylie makes a full recovery. Good luck Ayala Soccer!!

  • Marina

    Bishop Amat Parent – Chino Hills Resident

    Kylie & her family have been in our prayers and will remain in our daily prayers.

    There is a fundraiser for Kylie tonight 2/16/12 at the Chili’s in Chino Hills. Just mention that your there for Kylie.
    Papachino’s in Chino is also hosting a fundraiser for Kylie on Monday Feb 20th.

    If anyone wants to know how Kylie is doing, they can visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyliedoniak.

    God Bless!