2014 NYSWYSA Young Referees of the Year
“Hey, we got the good referee again.” This is what a player exclaimed as he saw that Michael Guzzetta was going to referee his match. How do we know this? It was reported to us by a coach in a recommendation letter for Michael to become the Young Male Referee of the Year. That is the highest praise a player can heap on a referee.

When you met Michael, you know immediately that he was a driven individual and someone that we should all be proud to have as a member of our soccer community. As a player, he came up though the ranks from the Pittsford Mustangs Soccer club through numerous premier teams and has played at state cup. He was the field leader for his high school team, his coach commenting that his vision of the field allowed him to direct his teammates into the attack often faster than the coaching staff saw the weakness in the opponents. He has demonstrated many times that he has the ambition, intelligence, personality and drive to reach the highest level of the game

As a referee, he has participated in state cup twice and attended the Western New York Referee Development Academy twice. He has been assessed developmentally numerous times, often because he has requested the help to improve his game. He has shadowed one of our national referees who was more than happy to recommend him for this award simply because he couldn’t believe that someone was that interested

In high school, he was also a member of his Nordic Ski team as a captain and was on the second team Section All County Track and Field team. In college currently at Lehigh, he is the president of the Young Republicans, Army ROTC Steel Battalion and the new member president and social chairman for his fraternity. He is also no stranger to community service, having worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Soccer Gear Drive for Inner City Kids, Helping Hands and the Pittsford Food Cupboard. He has also assisted with the Weird Science Summer Camps for the last 8 years. He has also won numerous achievement awards for his scholastic efforts.

When you meet Michael, you initially think that he is just a really good guy, someone you would be happy to have as a friend. But that is what strong, driven leaders do. They put you at ease and make you feel a part of their inner circle.

The one word you could use to describe Mackenzie App is surprising.

When you first meet her you may think she seems a bit quiet. Maybe too reserved to be a referee. That thought immediately leaves your mind as you watch her work. She shows a presence and maturity on the field that is beyond her years.

She is currently entering her sixth year as a referee and is working toward her upgrade this coming season. As a referee, she has officiated at state cup 4 times, the Region 1 ODP Tournament twice and last year made her first appearance at the Region 1 Championships where she garnered assignments as a center on a semi-final match and as a 4th Official on a final match, a surprising performance for her first year at the tournament.

Mackenzie resides in Baldwinsville NY where she has paid it forward in her community in many ways. She started as a Girl Scout in 2000 and for 7 years did many volunteer projects, was a member of a leadership team that volunteered their time reading to kindergarteners for Read across America day, helped new students acclimate to her school, taught confirmation classes for her church and worked with a group dedicated to curb bullying in her school district. She also certified as a stable assistant working for Sunshine Horse Rescue, a group dedicated to taking post-race horses and retraining them for families and was a co-captain for Relay for Life. In high school she worked with a group that was advocating eating a healthy diet, which involved her dressing up as a cow and extolling the advantages of certain dairy products; a surprising act that no truly reserved person would attempt. She also won a silver key for her work as a photographer.

She played soccer for many years as a keeper and a wing but had to stop playing for medical reasons. That did not keep her out of sports though. In high school and currently at Canisius College she is a member of the crew team. In high school she won many state and national awards for her prowess behind the oars. She was invited to the US Rowing Youth Nationals regatta on multiple occasions. She has also worked as a coach for the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club teaching beginners the technical aspects of the sport. Mackenzie is a happy, responsible, intelligent, mature, helpful and very caring person who will be a great asset to the referee community for many years to come.

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