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New crop filling in the field for local girls' soccer programs

With personnel and coaching changes abounding, mainstays look to continue success, while others hope to reverse fortunes with shift.

November 23, 2012|By Grant Gordon,
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: FSHA defender Sarah Teegarden is one of eight experienced seniors returning for the Tologs.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: FSHA defender Sarah Teegarden is one of… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

With another winter ready to usher in another start to the high school girls’ soccer season, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy will once more look to fill the void left by a departing All-Area Player of the Year.

The Tologs will also begin a major renovation as it relates to the coaching ranks.

As Crescenta Valley looks to run its string of Pacific League titles to five in a row, it must do so without some graduated mainstays who were integral to the Falcons’ championship crowns.

Flintridge Prep boasts a steady stream of returning talent, but for a second straight season finds itself needing to replace its top scorer while looking to win a third Prep League crown in a row.

Glendale, Hoover, Holy Family and Glendale Adventist Academy are all hopeful of bettering their fates from the previous season.

No matter the team, there are myriad changes as the 2012-13 season kicks off.


Sacred Heart, which followed up a CIF Southern Section Division I and Mission League championship in 2011 with a second-place league mark and a first-round playoff loss, must move on with the losses of graduated seniors such as All-Area Player of the Year Breeana Koemans — who followed a two-year run of Tologs defender Natalie Zeenni winning the award — Katie Johnson and Tera Trujillo, among others. Of course Johnson and Trujillo were already gone all of last year with knee injuries, as much of the story for last season’s Tologs was trying to overcome injuries.

Now, this year’s Tologs welcome back senior midfielder Krista Meaglia, who was lost all of last year with a knee injury, as one of a great deal of experienced senior standouts.

“We have a seasoned defensive core and some fast, talented offensive players,” said first-year Tologs Coach Cesar Hidalgo, who previously coached at Crescenta Valley and assisted the Tologs last season. “We are not 18 deep as we have been in previous years, but if we can keep our best 16 healthy we will be fun to watch.”

Hidalgo’s arrival means the departure, of sorts, of longtime and hugely successful co-coaches Frank Pace and Kathy Desmond. Pace will stay on as the associate coach, while Desmond is the coach emeritus.

Along with plenty of experience on the sideline, Sacred Heart has eight seniors with starting experience, led by Meaglia, defender Sarah Teegarden and Kayla Mills, who could play forward, midfielder and defender.

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