MIDDLETON — The first time Middleton girls soccer player Mikee Furrow played the game at the age of five, she hated it.
Something she continued to do for the next seven years.
“I didn’t like running and I would fake being sick so that they would pull me out,” Furrow said with a laugh. “Oh my goodness I really hated it.”
But thanks in large part to the encouragement of her mother, Furrow stuck with it, and eventually fell in love with soccer.
It’s a good thing too as soccer has served Furrow well over the years. Particularly this year where the senior scored 18 goals and had 12 assists to lead the Vikings to the state playoffs for the fifth consecutive year. The forward also earned first-team 4A SIC honors for the second straight season.
For her achievements, Furrow is the 2016-2017 Idaho Press-Tribune Sports Stars Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year.
“She’s very talented and always made a noticeable contribution to the team,” senior Kenzie Jensen said. “It was always fun to play with her because she is so skilled and knows how and when to distribute the ball.
“She always worked hard which made it to where the whole team would follow and pick up the intensity. She will go on to do great things.”
Furrow stepped right into the Middleton High program and made an immediate impact. She started as a freshman and made a play early on in the season usually reserved for upperclassmen.
With Middleton trailing 1-0 to a Bishop Kelly team that had won 71 games in a row, Furrow scored the equalizer and the game ended in a 1-1 draw, stopping the streak dead in its tracks.
“I got a through ball and I took on the defender and beat her. I took a shot from the 18 and it went right over the goalkeeper’s hands,” Furrow said. “Even though we didn’t win, it was such a cool goal and the best moment I’ve ever had because it broke their record.”
From that moment on, Furrow continued to make her presence known. She helped the Vikings finish third at state as a sophomore and win a consolation championship last season.
However, this season was her most impressive yet, even if the numbers and stats didn’t show it. Furrow faced her most challenging season to date. She took on the added responsibility of being a team captain and played a vital role in keeping Middleton’s head above water in a tumultuous season.
After beginning the season 6-5-1, the Vikings dropped three of their final four games to close the regular season in fifth place.
“There were a couple girls that weren’t sure if they wanted to keep playing, they were tired of having to go to practice and all that stuff,” Furrow said. “So I said ‘hey there are some of us here who are serious about this and this is all we have left. We don’t do anything else.’
“As a result, I, along with a few of my teammates were able to inspire everyone else and they were able to see what we saw. We were finally able to get it together.”
To make matters worse, Furrow tore ligaments in her left ankle in a late season game against Bishop Kelly. The injury forced Furrow to miss a grand total of three and a half games, a game and a half of which came at the district tournament.
But in the second half of an elimination district game versus Emmett, bad ankle and all, Furrow made her return. The 17-year-old not only helped Middleton win that game, but the next two as well to get her team back into the postseason.
“She always puts the team first,” Middleton head coach Rene Gutierrez said. “Mikee is one of those unique players that bring a different type of flare to the team.
“We’ve had a lot of players that were really talented and did their part, but she is that rare type of player that is hard to find and doesn’t come along too often.”
While the Vikings went two and out at state, it’s still a season that Furrow is proud of.
“I could’ve settled with a better final result than what we got, but as a team, our goal was to make it to state and we did,” Furrow said. “Making our season a success is what I strive for as a player.”
Following graduation, Furrow will take her talents up north and play soccer for the University of Montana. With that being said, it’s safe to say Furrow is more in love with the game than ever before, even if it didn’t start out that way.
“Now that I’ve liked soccer longer than when I didn’t like it, I don’t know where I would be without it,” Furrow said.
5A SOUTHERN IDAHO CONFERENCE
Player of the year: Brenna Davidson, sr., F, Centennial
Coach of the year: Steve Snider, Centennial
Forwards: Makayla Christensen, jr., Centennial; Jordyn Dalling, so., Rocky Mountain; Gabi Coprivnicar, jr., Timberline
Midfielders: Lily Schlake, jr., Rocky Mountain; Zoe Transtrum, jr., Borah; Jaynee Taufoou, sr., Meridian; Audrey Dingel, sr., Boise; Kate Blickenstaff, sr., Boise
Defenders: Zona Kinnaman, sr., Columbia; Josie Young, jr., Centennial; Megan Harvey, sr., Boise; Macie Nelson, jr., Borah
Goalkeeper: Vail Dark, sr., Boise
Forwards: Abby Keeley, jr., Boise; Sabrina Castaneda, sr., Nampa; Emma Bailey, sr., Eagle
Midfielders: Tara Brennan, so., Boise; Jadyn Baumgartner, sr., Timberline; Delaney Johnston, jr., Centennial; Payton McBride, so., Borah; Hailey Hill, sr., Mountain View; Saylor Adcock, sr., Eagle; Kylee Geis, so., Borah; Allie Callister, sr., Eagle; Madison Carter, jr., Timberline
Defenders: McKenzie Kilpatrick, jr., Borah; Alexis Reed, jr., Rocky Mountain; Grace Pekovich, so., Centennial; Abby Kreiser, sr., Mountain View
Goalkeepers: Megan Wrigley, jr., Kuna; Annika Rademacher, sr., Rocky Mountain; Shenae Kreps, jr., Columbia; Karleigh Belnap, jr., Timberline
Forwards: Madison Roache, sr., Boise; Mirryn Tylinski, jr., Borah; Tori Sloan, jr., Mountain View; Ava Ranson, fr., Timberline
Midfielders: Delaney Reed, so., Capital; McCall Bennion, so., Capital
Defenders: Rylee Neville, sr., Boise; Arianna Romero, sr., Timberline; Payton Anderson, jr., Meridian; Grace Michael, jr., Timberline; Dreena Soto, sr., Kuna; Taeler Hughes, jr., Rocky Mountain; Julia Lewis, jr., Boise
4A SOUTHERN IDAHO CONFERENCE
Player of the year: Aubree Chatterton, sr., M/F, Bishop Kelly
Coach of the year: Madison Collins, Bishop Kelly
Forwards: Lauren Elwer, so., Bishop Kelly; Mikee Furrow, sr., Middleton
Midfielders: Cam Coyle, sr., Bishop Kelly; Brenna Rill , jr., Skyview; Jacey Carr, sr., Mountain Home; Miranda McKay, sr., Middleton; Sydney Smith, jr., Caldwell
Defenders: Evelyn Elwer, so., Bishop Kelly; Vivian Anton, Emmett; Alyssa Goff, jr., Vallivue; CeAnna Benner, sr., Skyview
Goalkeeper: Kylee Atkins, sr., Bishop Kelly
Forwards: Samantha Webster, sr., Bishop Kelly; Elizabeth Gonzalez, so., Vallivue; Gabby Corado, jr., Caldwell
Midfielders: Grace Elwer, so., Bishop Kelly; Erin McGrath, sr., Bishop Kelly; Makenna Ricks, jr., Ridgevue; Abigail Bufford, jr., Vallivue; Casimira Thomas, so., Vallivue; Tayler Guerra, sr., Middleton
Defenders: Elizabeth Ryan, sr., Mountain Home; Rachel Ray, so., Skyview; Camillia Sein, jr., Caldwell; Hilda Briceno, so., Ridgevue
Goalkeeper: Madison Joe Taylor, Emmett
Forwards: Violet Martinez, sr., Mountain Home; Esmi Galvan, jr., Skyview
Midfielders: Anna Pedroza, sr., Mountain Home; Kaitlyn Shepard, sr., Skyview; Victoria King, Emmett; Emalie Wood, fr., Middleton
Defenders: Dayna Schwerd, jr., Ridgevue; Biri Martinez, so., Mountain Home; Abby Kofoed, so., Middleton; Jessie Walker, sr., Middleton; Azia Mound, jr., Middleton
Goalkeepers: Lita Forse, sr., Caldwell; Gentry Gates, fr., Ridgevue; Hailee Mize, so., Vallivue