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Prep girls soccer: Versatile Viking

Do-everything junior Becca Harrison named Player of Year

Posted: February 26, 2013 8:45 p.m.
Updated: February 26, 2013 8:45 p.m.

Valencia junior Becca Harrison was picked by Foothill League coaches as the league's Player of the Year.

 

Scorer, distributor, decision-maker.

Valencia High’s Becca Harrison did it all this season for the Foothill League champion Vikings girls soccer team.

The University of Wisconsin commit and Real SoCal club player is certainly used to accolades, but Monday’s announcement of the All-Foothill League team was something new for Harrison.

The senior was chosen as the All-Foothill League Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Harrison, a 4.6 GPA student, is one of seven Valencia players to earn all-league honors on a team that won its first league title since 2009.

“I was really surprised. I was not expecting that and I was really excited,” said Harrison of her reaction to winning the award. “It means a lot to me. I work really hard every game and every practice. It was nice to be recognized for that.”

Seniors Lindsay Bos and Taylor Venegas and junior Eryn Spencer represent Valencia on the first team.

“Becca’s been kind of an inspiration this year,” said Valencia head coach Sean O’Connell. “All three of my central midfielders (Harrison, Spencer and sophomore Bailey Reid) ended up making all league because they were the engine that drove our team.”

All six Foothill League teams are represented on the first team, with first-place Valencia and second-place Hart leading the way with three apiece.

Second-place Hart is represented by seniors Presley Lambert and Hailey Jenkins and junior Sophia Cortes.

Third-place Canyon, which battled for a league title until the final week of the season, has sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy and senior defender Kristina Wattanabe on the first team.

The rest of the first team was made up of Saugus seniors Angie Weiner and Monica Allen, West Ranch senior Savannah Tujague and Golden Valley senior Gabby Lopez.

Harrison accounted for 24 points for the Vikings this season, scoring seven goals and continually getting others involved with a team-high 10 assists.

“She’s a very, very smart player with the ball at her feet. She’s not the biggest person or fastest person but one of the toughest and smartest people that are out there,” O’Connell said.

The second team is made up of Valencia sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Joseph and senior Brooklyn Stevens, Hart sophomore Jenny Chavez and senior McKinley Kane, Canyon senior Michelle Hogan and sophomore Kendall Bietsch, Saugus senior Emily Orr and junior Maddie Hebert, West Ranch junior Noelle Weber and senior Valerie Mercado and Golden Valley senior Michela James and sophomore Jordan Burrow.

Honorable mentions are Canyon junior Mari Kneisel, Golden Valley senior Colleen Fleming, Hart junior Laura Sega, Saugus junior Alana Shaw, Valencia’s Reid and West Ranch junior Taylor Ayers.

“It was by far the best season I’ve had at Valencia,” Harrison said. “It was so fun because you knew everyone had your back and everyone was amazing. We played such good soccer — everyone contributed.”

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