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Crescenta Valley High, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Flintridge Prep girls soccer dealing with major overhauls

Local girls' soccer heavyweights dealing with some rebuilding after varsity mainstays moved on.B

December 03, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart's Sarah Vail prepares for the season at girls' soccer practice on campus on November 26. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Flintridge Sacred Heart's Sarah Vail prepares…

Over the last four seasons, the local girls’ soccer landscape has seen its share of league titles and playoff runs when it comes to Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep and, most notably, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

However, as the 2013-14 season has kicked off, those perennial powers are all dealing with major overhauls due to the loss of some talented mainstays.

Likely the biggest contender out of the three to remain atop its league is Crescenta Valley, as it boasts the most returns and, arguably, the most favorable league competition. Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart, after all, share leagues with defending CIF Southern California Division III Regional champion Pasadena Poly and Southern Section Division I titlist Chaminade, respectively.

“Super rebuilding year,” Flintridge Prep Coach Esteban Chavez said.

Said Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Cesar Hidalgo: “Being a young team this year, calling it a rebuilding year wouldn’t be too far off.”

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With the graduation of standouts Sarah Teegarden and Kayla Mills, Flintridge Sacred Heart begins this season without any remaining starters from the historic 2010-11 team that won a CIF Southern Section Division I title. In addition, Hanna Armendariz, who was likely to be the team’s most impressive offensive threat, transferred before her junior season, and Laura Thompson, who scored eight goals last year, elected to concentrate on academics and skip her senior season.

Of the 48 goals scored by the Tologs last season, only four were scored by players that will return.

Senior midfielder Casey Basso, who had three goals and an assist, is likely to shoulder the biggest portion of the offensive load.

“She will be the go-to player, the one either assisting or scoring goals,” said Hidalgo, whose team opened with a 4-0 win over Monrovia on Tuesday. “There is a lot of things that we have to do to see where all of these pieces are going to fit.”

Joining Basso in forming the core of the team should be sophomore defender/midfielder Lauren Savo and senior defender Sarah Vail. Along with them, senior goalie Dani Garcia, an All-Area pick a year ago, will return, though likely later in the season after undergoing offseason surgery.

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