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Spotlight bound to find Meaglia

Never one to seek out attention, the Tologs playmaker's play commands notice, as Sacred Heart nears historic match

March 04, 2011|By Grant Gordon,
  • Sacred Heart's Krista Meaglia.
Sacred Heart's Krista Meaglia. (Cheryl A. Guerrero )

On a team decorated with national rankings and CIF glory, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team boasts a star-studded cast.

The likes of Katie Johnson, Natalie Zeenni, Breeana Koemans, Tera Trujillo, Alexa Montgomery and on and on have been showered with All-CIF, All-Mission League, All-Area and all-everything else accolades, drawing praise and interest from opposing coaches and colleges, headlines and mention from this newspaper and that internet site.

And then there's Krista Meaglia, all, "about 5 foot 2" of her.

She's unassuming and quiet, a diminutive sophomore that the spotlight hasn't found.

But to hear her coaches and teammates at Sacred Heart tell it, she's one of the most gifted players they have. And, according to Koemans, she's the Tologs' "secret weapon."

"I think it's kind of a threat for us," Koemans says. "The fact that we have a player that no one really knows, but is very good helps us a lot."


Meaglia has helped the Tologs to new heights in her two years with Sacred Heart, as the team earned a first-ever berth in the CIF Southern Section Division II semifinals a season ago and will now play in a program-first CIF Southern Section Division I title game when the Tologs face San Clemente tonight at 7:30 at Mission Viejo High. And while outside recognition certainly hasn't been heaped upon Meaglia for helping the Tologs get there, her teammates surely recognize what she's done.

"She is our center-mid playmaker, when we need her, she steps up," Koemans says. "She starts the speed of the play and brings it forward. We work off her. Her passes are what get us going. Her passes are perfect."

Like Meaglia herself, the sophomore's two goals and eight assists on the season don't jump out at you. But more often than not, as Koemans alludes to, Meaglia is the one that starts the play, she's the one that makes the pass before the assist.

"Her touch is impeccable," Pace says. "Her vision, her speed, the way she impacts a game; she's really the engine that drives the offense.

"She's the little engine that could."

She could and she has, whether on the wing or in the midfield, she's shown her talents and her versatility.

"She's a really solid player and can play all over the field, so she's a diverse player," says Zeenni, one of the team's senior captains, along with Alyssa Conti. "Whenever we need an outside mid, she's able to play there, or center mid. She plays everything, basically."

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