PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tanya Samarzich, Upland, Senior, Forward
Given the myriad levels of the soccer Olympic development program, there is often confusion when discussing membership of a “national team.” Particularly when the member is a high school senior. The case of Upland forward Tanya Samarzich is easily simplified. “Oh yeah, she’s on the actual Mexican National Team,” Upland coach Bo Whieldon said. “You don’t find many her age that are because usually they’re on the under-20 national team. It’s kind of a big deal.” Samarzich, 18, a dual citizen, didn’t play a full season at Upland until this year because of her required presence in Mexico or elsewhere around the globe. Her senior year netted her All-Valley Player of the Year honors after a 26-goal, 11-assist season during which she led her team to an outright Baseline League championship.
COACH OF THE YEAR: George Duran, San Dimas
After a winning just one of its first six games, Duran led San Dimas on a run that ended in the CIF-SS Division 6 semifinals. Following the rocky start, San Dimas went on a 16-game winning streak that included 12 Valle Vista League victories good for an undefeated run through league, earning the Saints a second consecutive league championship. The Saints reached the CIF-SS Division 6 semifinal for the second straight season and held a one-goal lead with eight minutes to play before eventual CIF champion Citrus Valley rallied for a 3-2 win.
Tori Bolden, Los Osos, Junior, Forward
The first team all-Baseline League selection, who is verbally
committed to Cal, scored a team-leading 11 goals and added eight
assists for a Los Osos team that finished with a 14-8-4 overall record
a season after winning the CIF championship.
Daisy Duran, San Dimas, Junior, Midfielder
The Valle Vista League MVP and first team all-CIF selection led her
team to the league championship, a second consecutive appearance in
the CIF-SS Division 6 semifinals and helped San Dimas to a 16-5-2
overall record and perfect 12-0 mark in the Valle Vista League.
Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan, Ontario Christian, Junior, Defender
The Ambassador League defensive MVP and Division 6 first team all-CIF
selection had seven goals and three assists for an Ontario Christian
team that posted a 18-6-2 overall record and reached the second round
of the playoffs.
Ariana Holmes, Claremont, Senior, Defender
The Division 2 first team all-CIF selection had a goal and four
assists, but most importantly anchored a defense that allowed just 20
goals in 29 games as Claremont posted a 22-4-3 overall record and
advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
Tatum Lockett, Diamond Bar, Senior, Forward
The Hacienda League MVP and all-CIF selection totalled 35 goals and
nine assists in leading Diamond Bar to the league championship, a
19-4-3 record and the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs,
where the Brahmas lost in overtime to eventual champ Bishop Amat.
Danielle Lopez, Rancho Cucamonga, Senior, Forward
The first team all-CIF and first team all-Baseline League selection
who has signed with UC-Riverside collected 17 goals and 10 assists as
Rancho Cucamonga finished second in league and reached the
quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.
Andrea Mensen, Rancho Cucamonga, Junior, Defender
The first team all-CIF selection and first team all-Baseline League
selection, who is verbally committed to UC-Irvine, led a defense that
allowed 23 goals in 27 games for a Cougars team that reached the
CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals.
McKenna Pigoni, Upland, Senior, Defender
The first team all-Baseline League selection had three goals and six
assists, but most importantly she was the leader of a defense that
gave up just 20 goals in 26 games for the league champions, who posted
a 22-4 overall record and a 9-1 mark in league play.
Charlee Pruitt, Alta Loma, Junior, Goalkeeper
The first team all-Baseline League selection, who is a mamber of the
U.S. olympic development program, was the backbone of the defense for
an Alta Loma team that finished third in a deep Baseline League and
posted a 13-8-2 overall record.
Mimi Rangel, Chino Hills, Senior, Midfielder
The first team all-CIF selection and Sierra League offensive MVP
finished with 11 goals and 21 assists as she helped Chino Hills to an
outright league championship, an 18-4-4 record and the quarterfinals
of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.
Celly Ruiz, Ontario, Senior, Forward
The four-year starter was selected to her third consecutive all-Mt.
Baldy League first team after scoring 17 goals and dishing out seven
assists for Ontario in her final season before joining the team at Cal
State Long Beach.
Stephanie Albright, Ontario Christian, Senior, Forward
Jazmin Alvarez, Chino, Senior, Goalkeeper
Rachel Curley, Bonita, Sophomore, Defender
Marissa Favela, Diamond Bar, Sophomore, Midfielder
Ashley Gonzalez, Chino Hills, Junior, Forward
Jazzmin Mancilla, Los Osos, Senior, Defender
McKinsey Martinez, Rancho Cucamonga, Senior, Midfielder
Morgan Quaternik, San Dimas, Junior, Midfielder
Christina Tucker, Upland, Junior, Defender
Denae Verdine, Alta Loma, Sophomore, Defender
Denim Belville, Don Lugo, Senior, Forward
Haley Boroch, Upland, Junior, Forward
Abi Celaya, San Dimas, Senior, Defender
Britain Chaputa, San Dimas, Junior, Goalkeeper
Hannah Chua, Claremont, Junior, Midfielder
Jessica Edwards, Colony, Sophomore, Forward
Denise Garcia, Chino Hills, Junior, Defender
Lindsey Hennon, Los Osos, Junior, Midfielder
Sydney Johnson, Los Osos, Junior, Midfielder
Kayla Lombardo, Rancho Cucamonga, Junior, Defender
Leah Mohammadi, Upland, Sophomore, Midfielder
Taylor Sunga, San Dimas, Freshman, Defender
Iris Yam, Diamond Bar, Senior, Defender
FINAL TOP 10 RANKINGS
2. Rancho Cucamonga
3. Chino Hills
5. Diamond Bar
6. San Dimas
7. Alta Loma
9. Don Lugo
10. Ontario Christian
Ambassador: Arrowhead Christian
Citrus Belt: Redlands
Hacienda: Diamond Bar
Montview: Sierra Vista
Mountain Valley: Citrus Valley
Mt. Baldy: Don Lugo
Prep: Pasadena Poly
San Andreas: San Gorgonio
Sierra: Chino Hills
Valle Vista: San Dimas
GAME OF THE YEAR
San Dimas vs. Citrus Valley, CIF-SS Division 6 semifinals
Unseeded San Dimas not only advanced to the CIF semifinals but had the defending CIF champions on the ropes. The Valle Vista League champion Saints, who carried a 16-game winning streak into the semifinal against the No. 1 seed, dominated the first half and held a 2-1 lead on Citrus Valley with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
Citrus Valley managed to tie the score after the ball popped out of a scrum in front of the net to Araceli Wallace, who tapped it in the net.
With four minutes remaining in the game, Citrus Valley scored the go-ahead goal on a play that began with a deep throw-in and ended with a player streaking to the net where a clutch assist was placed well enough to create a one-on-one with the goalkeeper that resulted in a 3-2 win for Citrus Valley, which went on to repeat as CIF champions.