2018 CIF Regional Finals press coverage

Thank you to the Press for recognizing my efforts in 3-2 win against Flintridge Prep in the 2018 CIF Southern California Regional Finals. I played the first half of the Final in the pouring rain and shutout the Rebels to keep my personal clean sheet for all 5 of the CIF games that I played. Going into halftime with a 1-0 lead I knew that I did my job to frustrate our opponents by taking away several goals at the top of the box. The Rebels were proficient at slotting the ball behind our defensive line, but I anticipated every one of their plays by coming off my line at the precise time. I can see why the Rebels scored 160+ goals this season, but none on me. Their strength matched mine and I was able to keep our team in the game.

Press coverage…

The Pasadena Star-News published a great photo and caption about our 3-2 win over Flintridge Prep in the CIF State Finals.

Flintridge Prep Julia Gonzalez #6 jumps over OLP goal keeper Grace Kotnik. Academy of our Lady of Peace defeated Flintridge Prep. in overtime to win the CIF State Southern California Regional [Division III] Soccer championship. La Canada Flintridge, CA Saturday, 3/10/2018. Photo by John McCoy

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Seemingly getting used to the field as much as possible, the Rebels began to find their game, but Pilots goalie Grace Kotnik made five saves and also snuffed out two golden opportunities in which Rebels junior forward Helen Schaefer played balls up to senior forward Julia Gonzalez, who had a step on her defenders but was beaten to the ball by the goalie.

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The MaxPreps photographer captured the action and I’m in almost 10% of the game photos and I only played the first half of the game.

Sample photo property of MaxPreps. Photo credits: Vince Pugliese. Click here to see the photos.

2016/2017 CIF San Diego Div III Champs

For the first time ever our High School Team at OLP won the CIF San Diego Section Championship. We faced some worthy opponents during our campaign, but our thankfully our team has too many weapons. Our Final game went into the 35th minute before we scored. Cloe Frese, sophomore goalkeeper from Otay Ranch, kept their team in the game for as long as she could.

Here’s a recap of the Final game from the Union Tribune.

Our CIF Section campaign:

CIF San Diego Section 2017 Girls Soccer Championships GIRLS DIVISION III

2016 Baron’s Cup Champs

My OLP High School team won the 2016 Baron’s Cup and the accomplishment felt different. It is not like the tournament was especially difficult or we beat tough teams on the way to the Finals. The most rewarding part of winning was the fact that we played our first two games with only 11 players and I had to play entire game on the field for both games. Since we had 3 girls playing in a National League in North Carolina and a handful still playing in the California Regional League (CRL), we only had 11 players going into the tournament. Before the first game my coach asked me if I’d be willing to play on the field and I was ready to do whatever was needed to help our team.

Our girls really pulled together as a team and worked hard to keep possession as much as we could. Out of the 4 goals that we scored in the first two games, I got 2 assists and I helped to draw a foul just outside the 18-yard box which Jenna was able to convert into a beautiful unstoppable goal. I don’t usually get to contribute to the “goals for” statistics, but my team needed me. We gained steam in the tournament as our CRL players returned to the games.

Varsity Soccer Year # 2

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High School soccer tryouts, like any other tryouts, consisted of a week long ride on an emotional rollercoaster. Once again, like last year, I had to get into the groove of balancing academics and the excitement of the new soccer season. After four days of tryouts, which consisted of everything from scrimmages to drills, to shooting (goalkeeping), to sprints, I was extremely nervous on Thursday night. Although I played on the varsity team last year, I knew that my previous experience was not a sure ticket for the position this year. I was excited and extremely nervous leading up to the rosters being posted. When I saw my name on the varsity roster I was ecstatic, overcome with joy and excitement. I am looking forward to putting in the time and effort, working hard, getting positive results, and most of all having fun with my team this season.

SCDSL Playoffs 2016 (Champions)

We had a fantastic run over the last few weekends during the SCDSL 2001 Europa Playoffs. We finished as Champions with a nail biter of a Final. All of the games were super tight and our team had to really step it up to stay focused over the multiple weekends. It always feels go to finish with the Champion medals.
The picture above features the twins on our team: Alexi and Nicole. They are both super smart/tough players and I’m going to miss them both during High School season.


Featured Video

Quick highlight reel of Grace Kotnik Goalkeeper Class of 2019. This game showcases my goalkeeper skills and a variety of action in a must-win game situation. After scouting the other team, my coach chose me to play the entire game because he knew that my timing off the line was critical to our success. This game was an important part of my 308 minutes of play and zero goals against in National Cup 2016.

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See below for blog roll of recent events.