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Four earn All-CIF honors in boys' soccer

Soccer: Sotillo, Dimashki and Trejo of Crescenta Valley and Coppola of St. Francis earn accolades.

March 20, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High School's #17 Pablo Sotillo keeps his eye on the ball during home game vs. Muir High School in La Crescenta on Friday, January 25, 2013. The game ended in a tie, 1-1.
Crescenta Valley High School's #17 Pablo Sotillo… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

After leading their respective teams to appearances in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, four local high school boys' soccer players received prestigious postseason recognition.

Pablo Sotillo, Rani Dimashki and Eric Trejo of Crescenta Valley and St. Francis Luca Coppola earned All-CIF accolades Monday. The CIF Southern Section office unveiled the first teams for all seven divisions.

Sotillo earned a spot on the Division III first team, while Dimashki and Trejo were named to the second and third teams, respectively. Coppola was selected to the Division I second team.

Sotillo, a senior forward, finished with a team-high 17 goals and three assists for 37 points. The Falcons went 19-4-7, 8-2-4 in the Pacific League for second place with 28 points.

"He scored so many big goals for us this year," said Crescenta Valley Coach Grant Clark, who led Crescenta Valley to a Division IV championship in 2012. "He was our go-to guy.

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"I'm happy for him to get All-CIF because it takes a lot of hard work to get an honor like that."

Dimashki, a senior defender, finished with two goals and one assist. He also was a catalyst on the back line for the Falcons.

Trejo was named to the third team for the second straight season. The senior midfielder finished with eight goals and 13 assists for 29 points.

Coppola, a senior, was once again one of the top goalkeepers in the competitive Mission League. Coppola registered four shutouts and made 98 saves for the Golden Knights, who went 8-11-4, 5-6-1 in league for third place.

"We've had some excellent goalies come through the program and Luca is among them," St. Francis Coach Glen Appels said.

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