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Saugus sweeps top D-II awards

Centurions win Offensive, Defensive and Coach of the Year

Posted: March 25, 2009 1:54 a.m.
Updated: March 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus' Erin Ortega named CIF-SS Division II Offensive Player of the Year.

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Saugus girls soccer added to its unprecedented season Monday.

The CIF released its All-Southern Section Division II selections, honoring the Centurions (20-4-3) with the top three awards.

Senior midfielder Erin Ortega took home Offensive Player of the Year while junior midfielder Jamie Molacek came away with Defensive Player of the Year.

“I wasn’t even thinking about it really,” said the UC Santa Barbara-bound Ortega. “I was just happy that we won (the CIF-Southern Section Division II title). I wasn’t thinking about anything past that. I’m honored, and it is really cool.”

Head coach Lisa Rollo was named coach of the year.

“I think that everyone that got it deserved it,” Ortega said. “I know Lisa did a really good job this year. We owe a lot of our season to her, and Jamie was awesome. They are well-deserved. It was cool to have all three Saugus people up there.”

Ortega finished with 19 goals this season — three in the postseason, while Molacek scored 21, including two in the Centurions’ 3-2 loss to Buchanan of Clovis in the CIF-Southern California Division I regional on March 10.

Molacek’s offensive firepower makes her a surprise pick as the Defensive Player of the Year, but, listed as a midfielder, she did shift back to help the defense on occasion earlier in the season.

“I think they just wanted to give those two girls the best recognition, and they had to squeeze them in somehow,” Rollo said.

Saugus senior midfielder Shannon Suarez made the first team, while senior sweeper Heather Pilch and junior stopper Shasta Fisher were named to the second team.

“I was very pleased with (the selections),” Rollo said. “All those girls are all-gamers. They are huge reasons why we won (the CIF-Southern Section Division II title).”

The Santa Clarita City Council also recognized the Centurions, honoring them at its meeting on Tuesday at City Hall for their athletic and academic achievements this season.

During Saugus’ school open house tonight, City Council member Cameron Smyth will stop by to say a few words about the team.

Co-league champions Canyon and Valencia did not have any selections, but the biggest snub may go to Santa Clarita Christian School.

Neither Kayla Gale and her 33 goals and 19 assists, nor Amanda Doty and her 23 and 15 earned recognition.

The Cardinals (15-4-1) were bumped in the first round of the CIF-SS Division VI playoffs by Schurr of Montebello, 4-3.


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