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 Attack Summer Classic (Champions)

We won the 2016 Attack Summer Classic this past weekend. We played up in the U17 division and we faced some tough opponents. The Cardiff FC Mustangs proved to be super tough in our final bracket game and our Finals match. Both games resulted in 0-0 after regulation time. It was a real battle because the Mustangs played super strategic by stacking their defense. For the Finals, Coach Jose asked me to choose which half I wanted to split with Kasey Harvey and I said, “I’ll take the second half, just in case we go to PKs”. In the 59th minute it was still 0-0 and we got a corner kick. Almost my whole team was inside the other team’s 18 yard box for the last chance to try to score. Since everyone was so high, I decided to move up between our 18 and the circle in case the other team got a breakaway. Luckily I was ready, the ball got cleared and I had to sprint to make a 50/50 tackle past the half line. It was super exciting right as the final whistle blew. After 60 minutes of regulation time we went straight to PKs (as we thought might happen). Our shooters were ultra accurate and we scored 5 of 5 PKs. After guessing the right side twice I was able to stop the 4th Mustangs’ shot, so they didn’t even get to shoot their last PK. It was fun to win the tournament in PKs.

Link to the Results