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Kayla Mills of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy takes home Mission League soccer MVP

Soccer: Mills, Teegarden lead Tologs' all-league honor roll.

April 02, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy defender Kayla Mills was named the Mission League MVP.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy defender… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

At the conclusion of the Mission League girls’ soccer season, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy came up one goal short of sharing the league crown.

Though the Tologs were forced to settle for second, Flintridge Sacred Heart was bestowed the league’s highest individual honor.

Tologs senior defender Kayla Mills was recently voted the Mission League Most Valuable Player, while senior midfielder Sarah Teegarden was the Mission League Defensive MVP.

Joining their fellow Tologs on the all-league honor roll were seniors Savannah Viola and Krista Meaglia and sophomore Hanna Armendariz, who were first-team selections, while seniors Kendall Sandoval and Hailey James, along with junior Dani Garcia, received second-team acclaim.

As is customary with Flintridge Sacred Heart soccer, the Tologs found out about their league accolades at the team banquet.

“I was really surprised,” said Teegarden, who, along with many of her teammates assumed Mills, the team’s center back, would be named defensive MVP. “Everyone was assuming it was her.

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“It’s definitely a huge honor and I was definitely shocked.”

Of course, Mills was awarded the league’s top prize of Mission League Most Valuable Player.

“I’m blessed and I’m thankful when I get these things,” Mills said. “It took me by surprise.”

Both were surprises well-earned, according to Tologs first-year Coach Cesar Hidalgo, whose team tied Chaminade in the league finale and would’ve shared the league title with Harvard-Westlake with a victory.

“I think it’s that combo that led us to where we are,” said Hidalgo, whose team went 15-2-4 and 7-1-2 in the Mission League for second place before it was upset in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. “I think it was a deservable achievement for both of them.”

Mills, who also earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I notice, had an abundance of talent that easily shined through in many of the Tologs’ games during a season in which the Tologs allowed 17 goals in 21 games and posted nine shutouts.

And though the league champion more often than not houses the league MVP, Mills clearly shined bright enough to garner MVP acclaim.

“I think everybody realized at the end that she was a solid player,” Hidalgo said, “an MVP-type player.”

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