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All-CIF laudes 11 locals

Soccer: Division I champion Sacred Heart leads the way with five total selections.

March 23, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

GLENDALE — In a season that included a championship in CIF Southern Section Division I and runner-up finish in the CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championships, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team has garnered a lion's share of CIF recognition.

With the release on Tuesday of the All-CIF Southern Section selections, as voted on by the divisions' coaches, there was plenty of individual recognition showered on various Tologs, as well as on select members of the other two area teams that reached the playoffs this season, Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep.

Katie Johnson, Kayla Mills, Tera Trujillo and Natalie Zeenni were first-team selections for Sacred Heart in Division I, while the Falcons' Mallory Carcich and the Rebels' Brooke Elby and Connell Studenmund also earned the same honor in Divisions II and III, respectively.


Sacred Heart co-Coaches Frank Pace and Kathy Desmond were voted Division I Coaches of the Year.

"That's just a tribute to our players, all 16-18 of them," Pace said of the coaching award. "We had 16-18 kids that all made different contributions at different points of the year."

Chief among those were all-CIF players such as Johnson, a junior forward, who led the Mission League-champion Tologs in scoring with 23 goals, but also had a career-high assist total of 12.

She also had big games in the section playoffs, scoring a goal and an assist in games against Foothill and Tesoro and assisting on the game-winning goal in the team's 1-0 win over San Clemente in the section championship match.

"For Katie, it's an honor well-earned," Pace said. "The impact that Katie had for us is immeasurable on offense. One tribute to Katie is the big jump in her assists. …[She had] assists in some huge games.

"She really filled out her offensive game from just a pure scorer to someone who also created opportunities for her teammates."

Mills, a sophomore, was selected to the first team as a defender, but she also scored five goals and had three assists and Pace said she was even more valuable for her versatility over the course of the season.

"Kayla was a utility player for us this year," Pace said of Mills, who played forward when Johnson was unavailable early in the season and went to the backline when the Tologs added an extra defender to their formation later in the year. "She was a vital component of a remarkably strong defense.

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