The NC Courage will go into the 2018 season without midfielder Makenzy Doniak. The team reported that the forward has sustained a torn ACL and will be out for the entire year. Doniak will undergo surgery and be placed on IR according to a statement released by the team. The forward was an integral part of the NWSL Shield winning NC Courage in 2017 making several starts or coming in as a sub off the bench. In addition, she started at striker for the W-League side Adelaide United, scoring seven goals in 12 games.
Coach Paul Riley took to Twitter to encourage the player to acknowledge her importance to the team and encourage Doniak while she recovers.
CourageCountry: unfortunate injury news. Mackenzie Doniak tore her ACL during first day of pre season.We want 2 wish Mac a quick &full recovery. She has been a massive part of our club last few years & we will be with her every step of her recovery. ❤️ #grittoday#growthtomorrow— Paul Riley (@prileyfury4life) February 23, 2018
The injury to Doniak may allow more playing time for Kristen Hamilton, Denise O’Sullivan, and Darian Jenkins. The later missed all of 2017 with a broken fibula and will be looking to make an impact on the roster in 2018.