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Five girls receive All CIF-SS honors from Foothill and Omega leagues

Sophia Cortes and Taylor Venegas named to Division II First Team

Posted: March 19, 2013 4:24 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 2013 4:24 p.m.

Valencia High's Taylor Venegas, left, was named to the All CIF-Southern Section Division II First Team this week.

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Led by Hart High’s Sophie Cortes and Valencia’s Taylor Venegas, five athletes from the Santa Clarita Valley earned All CIF-Southern Section honors when the teams were announced on Monday.

"I would like to say congratulations to Taylor," Cortes said. "It's huge to be the only two to make it (on the first team) and congratulations to everyone else. It's a really big deal, especially going into senior year."

Cortes and Venegas were both named to the All CIF-SS Division II team, while Santa Clarita Christian’s Lauren and Megan Gallagher were named to the Division VII team.

This marks Megan Gallagher’s second straight selection to the Division VII team.

Venegas was outstanding this season for the Foothill League champion Vikings, leading the team with 11 goals and adding two assists.

The senior nearly led her team to the CIF-SS Division II semifinals when she scored both of the Vikings’ goals in an eventual 3-2 extra-time loss to Sunny Hills in the quarterfinals.

Hart midfielder Cortes was vital for the second-place Indians, scoring six goals, tied for the team lead, and adding an assist.

"I was in class when I found out and I almost started crying," Cortes said. "I was really excited, but I had to control myself. I had no clue. I thought it was just going to be (All Foothill League) for me. But I was blessed enough to get into CIF and Foothill League also."

Both Venegas and Cortes earned All-Foothill League First Team honors earlier this month.

In Division VII, the Gallagher sisters were simply dominant for the Cardinals this season, leading SCCS to a 13-3-3 overall and perfect 6-0 record in Omega League play.

The sophomore Lauren led the team with 21 goals and was second with 13 assists.

Megan, a senior, scored 20 goals and assisted on 11.

While the CIF-SS officially recognizes only 22 players and a Player of the Year in each division, coaches’ nominees make up a second and third team for each division.

According to socalsoccer.org, Valencia’s Becca Harrison, the Foothill League Player of the Year, earned All-CIF Division II Third Team honors through this process.

Harrison accounted for 24 points this season, scoring seven goals and notching a team-high 10 assists.

Last season, just two girls were selected to All CIF teams in Saugus graduate Serena Smith-Banas and Megan Gallagher.

No boys from the Santa Clarita Valley received All-CIF honors.

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