AREA’S BEST: La Serna’s Savannah Francis is the Whittier Daily News
All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
(Keith Durflinger / Staff Photographer)
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
WHITTIER — Savannah Francis’ value to the La Serna High School’s girls soccer team couldn’t be measured in statistics.
The senior, who was neither the area’s top scorer nor had the most assists, was the key factor in the Lancers advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 final. She gave La Serna a little bit of everything – scoring, controlling the middle of the field and even showing her ability as a defender when asked.
For her efforts, Francis is the Daily News 2011-12 Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
She is joined on the All-Area team by La Serna teammates Jennifer Reed, Danielle Telles and Penny Roman; La Mirada’s Megan Guzman, Madeline Panozzo and Ileen Mejia; Montebello’s Bianca Cardenas and Andrea Pena; California’s Brianna Ramirez; Santa Fe’s Briana Geffre and Whittier Christian’s Brooke Contreras.
La Serna’s Tessa Troglia is Coach of the Year.
“We were really motivated this year after losing in the semifinals the previous season,” Francis said. “We wanted to get to the finals and play for the championship.
“Myself, I played with more composure. Last year, I lost control a bit and had some yellow cards. This year, I tried to stay calm and play my game, because that’s what my team needed.”
2012 DAILY NEWS ALL-AREA GIRLS SOCCER TEAM
Player of the Year – Savannah Francis, La Serna, Sr.
Coach of the Year – Tessa Troglia, La Serna
F – Megan Guzman, La Mirada, Sr.
F – Brianna Ramirez, Cal, Sr.
F – Briana Geffre, Santa Fe, Sr.
F- Madeline Panozzo, La Mirada, Jr.
MF – Brooke Contreras, Whitier Chr., Sr.
MF – Ileen Mejia, La Mirada, Jr.
MF – Bianca Cardenas, Montebello, Jr.
MF – Jennifer Reed, La Serna, Sr.
D – Danielle Telles, La Serna, Jr.
D – Andrea Pena, Montebello, Jr.
GK – Penny Roman, La Serna
F — Moriah Earley, La Serna, Junior
F — Stephanie Serrato, Montebello, Freshman
MF — Sophie Basalone, Whittier Chr., Sophomore
MF — Michelle Reed, La Serna, Freshman
MF — Lizzie Ayson, California, Sophomore
MF — Jordann Sanders, La Serna, Junior
MF — Lauren Duran, Whittier Chr., Senior
D — Elisa Martinez, El Rancho, Junior
D — Saleen George, Santa Fe, Sophomore
D — Alex Kidd, La Serna, Junior
GK — Sarah Carrick, La Mirada, Senior