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All-SCV Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Saugus' Colleen Ortega, perfect resume

Ortega led the Centurions in an undefeated league run

Posted: April 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus senior Colleen Ortega played defense and midfield this season for the Centurions and paced a 10-0-0 Foothill League record.

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Colleen Ortega was there for it all.

The 2009 CIF-Southern Section Division II championship came first.

Then there was the 2010 Foothill League title.

But heading into the 2011 season, the Saugus senior soccer player said she wanted to help the team write a new chapter.
Job well done.

The Centurions won the preleague Buena Tournament before finishing a perfect 10-0-0 in Foothill League play, and a big reason for the accomplishments was Ortega.

She was the glue that held it all together, and now she is The Signal’s 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

No team had attained the Centurions’ level of perfection this season since Hart’s 1996-97 run.

Soft-spoken off the field, the team captain had another gear on the pitch that was aggressive and authoritative. She was the kind of player who could be relied upon to play any position.

Consistently one pass away from statistical recognition, Ortega finished the year with three goals and an assist, all in league play.

They were the first goals of her high school career, and they couldn’t have come at better times.

The Foothill League Player of the Year notched her first goal on Jan. 18 in a narrow 3-2 win over the Indians.

No. 2 came in a 1-0 win against the Indians on Feb. 5.

The third was recorded in a 3-2 regular-season-finale victory over West Ranch.

The Centurions won each of their last four games by only one goal.

The ubiquitous senior’s biggest impact, however, didn’t appear in the stat sheet.

It was her all-out style of play that shined in the second half of league play.

When called upon, the Cal State Fullerton-bound Ortega kept her team focused and pushing toward the finish.

There was no letdown.

Ortega’s significance was best exemplified on Feb. 8 against Valencia.

The Centurions scored in the opening 40 minutes, and withstood a barrage of Viking shots in the second half.

Ortega was everywhere.

She nearly scored on one side of the field and helped maintain the clean sheet on the other, jumping passing lanes and outracing opponents to the ball.

With the win, Saugus secured its second straight league title and still had one game to play.

Ortega knew what she wanted before the season began.

She had the motivation.

And she executed perfectly, and in the process added yet one more feat to her ever-growing list of accomplishments.

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