As a Freshman (2013): Costner was a reliable presence on the backline as a rookie for the Lady Toppers, making 18 appearances and earning five starting nods in 2013. All five of Costner's starts came in non-conference action, including a Sept. 5 start against Austin Peay in which she logged 110 minutes in the double overtime draw. Costner saw action in seven of eight regular season Sun Belt Conference games and played key minutes in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game against South Alabama, providing 49 minutes off the bench. She finished the year with 785 minutes played as she was one of five rookies to log 700 or more minutes.
Makenzie Costner, a 5'8" defender, was a four-time State Champion for her club team, the Ohio Premier Eagles. While playing for her club, she helped lead the team to the Region II Championship and a National Title. Makenzie's team currently competes in the "A" flight of the prestigious Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) where, based on her performances, she was selected to participate in the league's id2 player development program. At Dublin Jerome High School, she was a three-time All-District selection and a two-time All-Conference selection, all while leading her team to a state final appearance. As team captain her senior season, she also earned All-State recognition. Makenzie plans to major in veterinary medicine.
"Makenzie is the complete package," said Neidell. "She is a smart and engaging young lady and team leader respected by her peers both on and off the soccer field. Makenzie has played at a very high level with the OP Eagles ECNL team, defending against some of the top forwards in the country. She is a very good defender, a very good passer, and most importantly a great teammate."