About halfway into the season something changed. I don't know what it was, but midway through one game Macie decided she wanted to touch the ball! It was pretty awesome. She even scored that game and her whole team went wild congratulating her with big smiles. After that she was a natural - going after loose balls and tying up the ball on defense.
Just a little proof that the ball is no longer the enemy. Nothing amazing, other than that the fear is gone!