GLENDALE — Equal parts sturdy defense and explosive offense carried the Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team to its second straight Prep League title this season and the league's coaches acknowledged that duality when they recently voted the Rebels' top scorer, senior forward Brooke Elby, and best defender, junior Connell Studenmund, to the league's top individual postseason honors.
Elby was named Offensive Most Valuable Player and Studenmund Defensive Most Valuable Player to lead a total of seven Rebels included in the all-league honor roll.
First-team selections for Prep included midfielders Kaitlyn Kelleher and Kate Lyon and goalkeeper Casey Cousineau, while forward Alina Okamoto and defender Whitney Cohen made the second team.
"I don't want to say we have the best offense by far, but, defensively, I do think we were the strongest team in league throughout the season," said Prep Coach Esteban Chavez, whose team went 17-4-3 and 8-1-1 in league for an outright championship one year after sharing the league crown with Chadwick. "Offensively, [league runner-up Pasadena] Poly and us were neck and neck. … I think it shows by us winning outright [that] offensively we're at least a little stronger than everybody else."