Mackenzie Firek grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee only 30 minutes down the road from Belmont University. As a second generation Belmont student, Firek had no trouble finding a home in Belmont.
“I kinda feel like I grew up at Belmont. My dad went to Belmont, so whenever I was little I always went to the soccer and the basketball camps and would come up to games all the time,” said Firek.
When she first started looking at colleges, she wanted to go far from home. However, Firek found she enjoys the convenience of being close to home.
“At first I was like, ‘no, Mom, I’m going far,’ but I ended up picking closer. It’s nice to have my parents available when I need them, but at the same time I have my own space and I can do my own thing,” said Firek.
Firek has been playing soccer for as long as she can remember.
“It’s just fun to play, I’ve always enjoyed the sport. I’ve loved all the friendships I’ve made through it. I’ve had some really good coaches too, who have definitely fostered a love for the game for me,” said Firek.
At Belmont, she found great friendships on her team.
“The girls on the team, they were so helpful in the transition into college. The team is really awesome and it’s cool to be a part of that,” said Firek.
When she isn’t on the field, Firek loves to get ice cream at Jeni’s with her friends.
Firek wears No. 12 for the Bruins, so keep an eye out for her during the women’s soccer games.
This article was written by Emily Allen. Photo courtesy of Belmont Athletics.