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Katie Johnson tips her hat for USC soccer

Former Flintridge Sacred Heart standout scores three times in rout; Hatzer begins another JUCO season of dominance.

September 18, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Katie Johnson, left, notched a hat trick with USC soccer in her sophomore season. The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate has four goals on the year.
Katie Johnson, left, notched a hat trick with USC soccer… (Courtesy of Jeff…)

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Katie Johnson (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2012) USC soccer sophomore: With her educated feet often leading the way, Johnson was instrumental in Flintridge Sacred Heart winning the area’s only CIF Southern Section Division I girls’ soccer title in 2011, and looked very much her old goal-scoring self on Sunday.

At USC’s McAlister Field, Johnson netted three goals in leading the Trojans to a romp over Loyola Marymount University.

“Nice to get a hat trick ... the day after your birthday,” Trojans Coach Ali Khosroshahin said on the program’s website. “We gave her a Powerade shower on Saturday, that was our present to her. This was her present to us.”

Johnson scored the first, third and fifth goals of the match, as USC built a 3-0 lead and then responded to a LMU goal with a Johnson header less than a minute later forge ahead, 4-1. All three of her goals came inside the first 19 minutes of play and two came off assists from former Sacred Heart teammate Kayla Mills.

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USC, ranked No. 23 in the country, put together its highest goal total since 2010 in a single game, which was, consequently, the last season a Trojan tallied a hat trick before Johnson.

For her efforts, Johnson was named the USC Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week, sharing the honor with volleyball player Elise Ruddins.

Johnson has four goals on the season for the Trojans (4-2-1), who host Florida Atlantic on Friday.

Breeana Koemans (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2012) Northeastern soccer freshman: The 2012 All-Area Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year came all the way back from a broken foot that sidelined her for all of the 2012 college season, but has now, reportedly, been sidelined with a broken nose.

Returning as a redshirt freshman, Koemans made her NCAA debut back in Southern California on Aug. 23 against host UCLA, the fifth-ranked team in the nation. With family and former Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Frank Pace in attendance, Koemans also got her first NCAA start.

Unfortunately for Koemans and Northeastern, they fell against UCLA, 4-0, in their season opener.

Koemans has played in all seven games this season for the Huskies, though her debut was her only start.

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