Koemans kicks FSHA to regional title victory

Despite battling the flu, All-CIF standout scores game-winner in regional championship.

August 16, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The area's top-10 individual performances in a team setting from the 2009-10 season were selected by the Glendale News-Press sports department.

1 Koemans connects on title-winner, March 12: It was arguably the most important goal in the history of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer and one could make an argument for its place in area chronicle, as well.

Having battled the flu all week, Breeana Koemans was noticeably sick and fatigued but concluded an individual highlight reel and a dominant Tologs run when she scored the game-winner in Sacred Heart's 2-1 triumph over Francis Parker in the CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championships.


Koemans stole possession amid two opposing players, dribbled roughly 10 yards and let loose on a chip shot that sailed over the goalie.

After having run over its previous two regional opponents, Koemans and Co., playing without leading scorer Katie Johnson, ran into a formidable foe, but rose to the challenge.

"I kinda thought heading in it was gonna be a battle," Koemans said. "I was kinda excited, cause I wanted a challenge."

It ended a span of three games in the regionals in which Koemans scored four goals and added an assist.

2 Pappas' 30 equals quarters, Feb. 20: In a season full of huge Crescenta Valley wins and historic success, Cassie Pappas was most assuredly at the center of Falcons success and she certainly had her share of big games.

It's likely that none were bigger than in the CIF Division I-A second-round playoff game against Martin Luther King, though.

It was the fifth time during an All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year season that Pappas hit the 30-mark in a game, but this one sent the Falcons to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001.

And it was on Pappas' shots that victory came, as MLK cut the Falcons' lead to 53-51 with 30.8 seconds remaining. Thereafter, Pappas came up clutch, making seven of eight free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Said CV Coach Jason Perez: "Cassie came alive."

3 Kaplanyan makes history for Hoover, Nov. 12: When the Tornadoes needed a boost to send them to a first-ever CIF quarterfinal appearance, it was standout sophomore Hakop Kaplanyan who provided it, as he scored a match-high 11 goals in a wild and wooly 23-21 CIF second-round win over Oxnard Pacifica.

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