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Hart forward Katie Trevino: Source of inspiration

Talented Hart junior honors her former coach every time she takes the soccer field

Posted: January 10, 2010 10:00 p.m.
Updated: January 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Hart High School junior forward Katie Trevino honors former club soccer coach Craig Eomurian with her commitment and play on the field.

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Hart junior Katie Trevino plays soccer with great passion.

The source of that passion can be traced to one man.

Trevino used to play for head coach Craig Eomurian on Select Cities Soccer Club’s Avalanche 92 team.

Eomurian became Trevino’s inspiration for success on the soccer field and in life.

“He was a really good coach and we all kind of stayed together and played for him,” Trevino says.

Four years ago, the term “playing for him” took on an entirely different meaning.

While duck hunting on Dec. 31, 2005, the 44-year old Eomurian collapsed.

In an instant, he was gone.

It was later discovered that he suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease more common in young adults that obstructs blood flow.

“It was just really sad,” recalls Trevino, who was 12 years old at the time. “One of my friends, it’s her dad. She was on the team too. We just all wanted him back.”

Four years later, her goals are the same as they were when she was playing for Eomurian.

“Just to never give up, keep fighting for him and wanting to win for him,” she says. “Make him proud.”

Current Golden Valley head coach Jose Leon coached Trevino at Hart and with Select Cities.

He says Trevino could have gone on to play for other premier clubs, but she and other girls have chosen to continue playing with the same group of girls to keep Eomurian’s memory alive.

“I think a lot of them stayed on the team because of that — the camaraderie,” says Melody Eomurian, Craig’s widow and wife of nearly 20 years.

Melody has watched Trevino grow over the years.

“When I first met Katie, she was very quiet and shy,” she says. “Over the years, she has turned into a nice young lady. ... Now she has grown up and come out of her shell.”

Trevino burst onto the scene in her sophomore season, when she led the Foothill League with 19 regular-season goals.

The year before, she watched former Hart star Sarina Coutin net her 104th career goal, a Santa Clarita Valley record.

But with Coutin gone, the team turned to Trevino to carry the scoring load.

“I don’t mind carrying it, but as long we win, I don’t really care about scoring a whole bunch of goals,” she says. “I don’t care who scores it, I just want to win.”

She says that she noticed a change in her abilities in ninth grade, when a growth spurt led to longer legs and improved speed and strength.

However, Leon says her greatest growth has been elsewhere.

“She has always been a great player,” he says. “But mentally, I think she has grown. She has changed from being a kid to being an adult. I think losing Craig, she became very, very responsible.”

Trevino’s current head coach, Mike Gomez, is in his second year at Hart.

He too has seen the mental growth.

On the field, that maturation has led to better distribution and overall team cohesion.

Trevino enters Foothill League play this season with nine goals.

“What she is doing now is playing the ball off to her teammates and doing a very good job of it,” Gomez says. “Now her teammates are responding and saying now it’s time to play it back up to her. It’s a through-ball or a chip up and over. There is more combination.”

One of Trevino’s Hart teammates, Megan Indermill, uses words like “sophistication” and “consistency” to describe Trevino’s game.

“She always had a really good work ethic and drive to do well,” Indermill says.

In a sense, it’s Trevino’s way of honoring Eomurian’s memory. She honors him by using the talent and skills that he helped foster.

But what would he say to Trevino as she continues her career?

“She would think he would say, ‘If you win, you’re in,’” Melody says. “That was his motto to the girls. It is on his gravestone. He always said that to the girls.

“To Katie, I think he would say he is very proud of her, and especially since she has dedicated herself to the Avalanche family.”

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