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Surprise send off for Koemans

Soccer: Sacred Heart senior earns co-MVP honors in Mission League despite Tologs' second-place finish.

March 21, 2012|By Grant Gordon

After a storied, four-season tenure that included a pair of Mission League titles, a first-ever CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championship and an unprecedented CIF Southern Section Division I crown, Breeana Koemans concluded her days as a Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer player with a fitting individual accolade.

Despite the Tologs finishing second behind Harvard-Westlake in league, Koemans was voted a share of the league's top honor, as she was named the Mission League co-Most Valuable Player.

It was an accomplishment announced to Koemans on Monday at the team's banquet and one that came as a surprise.

"It was a huge surprise, I was completely shocked," said Koemans, adding that after her team's second-place finish she believed she wouldn't figure into the discussion for MVP, which she ended up sharing with Harvard-Westlake's Danielle Duhl. "It never crossed my mind."

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But after leading the Tologs (13-5-3, 6-2-2 in league) with 15 goals and adding 12 assists, one would be hard-pressed to argue that the senior forward/midfielder didn't merit the selection. On top of it, Koemans was able to accomplish what she did with a new and ever changing cast of players around her, as starting forward Katie Johnson, who Koemans had played all three previous seasons with, was lost to a knee injury all season, as were midfielders Tera Trujillo and Krista Meaglia. Add to that subsequent injuries to forward Jillian Jacobs and midfielder Savannah Viola and continuity was hard, if not impossible, to gain and yet Koemans was a constant.

"This year, not having Katie and Krista, her task was that much more difficult," Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace said of Koemans, who played a role in 27 of her team's 55 goals. "She had 50% of our points. That's pretty amazing when you're being keyed on. It's not like Harvard-Westlake or Chaminade or Notre Dame didn't know who she was, they knew exactly who she was and she still scored against them."

Koemans, who was also an All-CIF Division I first-team selection, had six goals and four assists in league play, including four goals against the aforementioned trio of teams which, along with Sacred Heart comprised the hierarchy of the league.

She was just the fourth Tolog to be voted the league's player of the year, following Johnson last year, Lauren Bustos (2005) and Kelly Sinner (1997).

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