Gwynn lineage continues with Mt. Carmel soccer star

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — She may not have more than 3,000 hits, or played at the top levels across the country. At this point, driving a car is a more pressing task than the thought of driving in runs. But Makayla Gwynn doesn’t need to do any of those things at this point in her life. The granddaughter of a GOAT, and the daughter of one of San Diego’s most recognizable faces only needs to worry about running her own race – or in this case, kicking into the opponent’s net.

“My mom and dad and my teammates push me every day to be better,” Makayla, a soccer phenom at Mt. Carmel High School said. “The pressure’s a little there, but since I play a different sport, it’s not as on me. I’m the the first grandchild as well, so I have to think of it as my own path.”

Gwynn has eight goals and leads the Sundevils in assists in what has been a stellar season. The team is 12-2-3, ranked second in Division II. Most teams, until now, wouldn’t even know that the forward on the field is a part of this town’s royal family. She wears number 9 – a small homage to the 19 that her family is known for.

“I did pick 9 because of my grandpa and my dad,” she said. “I made it my own…split it down the middle.”

Soccer was not fueled from the folks known for their diamond prowess.

“My mom got me into it because she played soccer when she was in college,” Gwynn said. “I’m really enjoying it, it’s really competitive.”

She doesn’t keep the connection as a secret – the bright white patch on her sleeve brands the family name. She spends her time chasing sunsets and living out loud. And she plays like it as well, becoming a team leader as a sophomore.

“We’ve been doing really well,” Gwynn said. “Being a good leader means being positive and helping everyone around you.”

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