Alta Loma senior soccer standout Leah Pruitt was widely considered the top player in the area – hands down.
The Braves (13-4) were ranked No. 1 in Division 5 and looked like they were going to cruise to a CIF title and be a threat in the state portion of the playoffs as well.
But all of that is in jeopardy now as Pruitt sustained a knee injury against Montclair last week that will sideline her six to eight weeks, according to coach Ben Davies.
She sustained the injury against Montclair and missed the next game against Colony which the Braves lost 4-3.
“That’s obviously a big piece of the puzzle and it changes everything.” Davies said. “Now we have to refocus.”
Freshman Ashlyn Favoro will get the bulk of the playing time in Pruitt’s absence.
Making the timing even worse, Pruitt was one goal short of the school’s single scoring record of 37 goals. She had 36, with two already in that game against Montclair.
That injury is a real shame. Pruitt, who has committed to San Diego State, was a great player to watch and I am told by many people, an even better kid.
Now it’s up to Davies to rally his troop.