SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 30 Troubadours represented on the 2016-17 SportStars River Cats All-City teams announced before Sunday’s game with against the Nashville Sounds. Overall, SportStars Magazine celebrated 500 athletes at the eighth annual event.
St. Francis finished with a 15-5-4 overall record, losing to No. 14 Folsom in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals. The No-6 seeded Troubadours defeated No. 11 Modesto 3-0 in the opening round.
St. Francis was 10-2-2- in Delta League play, finishing second overall in the team standings. Sophomore Janae DeFazio tied for the Delta League individual lead in goals with 16 and led the league in points.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Twelve St. Francis seniors have committed to play a sport in college during the spring signing period that started Wednesday and were celebrated at a ceremony at the school today. Overall, 17 St. Francis student-athletes from the Class of 2017 have made commitments or signed a National Letter-of-Intent this year.
The Troubadours made commitments to schools including Duke and Stanford and several California schools from American River College to UC San Diego. The Troubies will travel as far as away as New Hampshire to play softball at Saint Anselm.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Monet Lopez will continue her soccer career at American River College. She will be part of the St. Francis Signing Day Celebration on Wednesday, joining 11 classmates who have made commitments to play a sport in college.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior soccer player Savannah Tijerino-Santos has committed to play for American River College and will join the local program to play and attend school next fall.
“I am very excited and I am glad I get to keep playing soccer,” said Tijerino-Santos. “I would have been upset if I had stopped playing after high school. Doing it with one of my best friends, I am super excited.”
Savannah will joins classmate Monet Lopez in joining the ARC program coached by Paul Arellanes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team lost to Folsom 1-0 Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section quarterfinals. It was the second 1-0 loss to Folsom this season.
“It is extremely disappointing,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “Give credit to Folsom. They came out, hustled and worked for it and won almost every ball in the air. We did not get in a rhythm. This was not our best.”‘
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored in the first half and assisted on two more in the second half as St. Francis cruised to a 3-0 win over Modesto on Wednesday in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
“Janae is very dangerous and she has a lot of responsibility on this team,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “She has handled that really well this year. For her to get a chance and put it away early in the first half takes all the pressure off.”
Abby Padilla is in her second season on the St. Francis varsity soccer team and fourth season with the program overall. She has seven career goals overall, including one last season on varsity against Grant. She has always worn No. 12., and overcame having open heart surgery when she was five years old. She has been accepted to Northeastern University but is waiting on decisions from other schools before making her collegiate choice.
Senior Meridith Wong is in her second season on the varsity soccer team and third overall in the soccer program. She rides horses every week on Saturday, likes to read and enjoys Netflix. She has a sister Alexis who attended St. Francis. She is applying to schools on the West coast, including California, Washington and Oregon. She is thinking about studying forensics/criminology in college.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team is seeded sixth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I bracket released Friday afternoon.
“We are working really hard in practice,” said senior Arianna Avila. “It is what makes us a good team because we push each other to the max so during the playoffs it will payoff.”
The Troubadours hope the payoff will be a long playoff run. SF will open at home (Granite Regional Park) on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. against Modesto. The Panthers are 13-3-3 on the season with a 9-1-2 league mark in the Modesto Metro Conference.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team sent out their seniors with a 6-0 win over Monterey Trail Thursday in the final regular season tune-up for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“I am very pleased,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We came out and were professional. My concern was focus. Senior Day is always an emotional, heart-felt event. For us to be able to share in that and tuck a few away early on changes the game.”
Junior Allie Cloninger is in her second season on the varsity team and third overall in the SF soccer program. She has five career goals, scoring four as a freshman on the JV team and one last season in her first season with the varsity. She is considering studying biopsychology or psychology in college. She plans to consider Cal Poly next year and has two older siblings. Sister Katie graduated in 2013 and also played soccer for the Troubies.
DAVIS, Calif. – Senior Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored to give St. Francis a lead but Davis answered with two goals to pull out a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.
“We played them last Friday and lost 4-1 and we played tonight on a rainy night and lose 2-1,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “They are very good and they are at the top of the league for a reason. But we battled them and anytime you play them you get a little better because they are so fast. I feel very good.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior soccer player Ariana Avila will sign to attend and play soccer at Fresno Pacific on soccer’s National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Avila will participate in a ceremony at St. Francis at 9 a.m.
“I have committed to Fresno Pacific University,” said Avila. “The coach emailed me out of nowhere after seeing me play in a tournament. He invited me to his camp and I toured the campus. It had everything I wanted in a home for college. He offered me on the spot.”
Aly Shebert is in her second season on the varsity team after previously playing only club soccer. She has also run track at St. Francis but decided to go out for soccer last year. This year she has the opportunity to compete in both with the move to winter. She hopes to play club soccer in college.
What does it mean to you to play on the team at St. Francis?
“For me, it means being a family and it like having a second family at St. Francis. You see them every day and get along with them. You learn to work together as a team.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Darby Carrillo has committed to attend Cal-State Monterey Bay next fall and play soccer. Carrillo is a second year defender on the varsity St. Francis soccer team and has played all four years at St. Francis.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – The St. Francis varsity soccer team posted a 2-1 comeback victory over Elk Grove on Thursday behind second-half goals by freshman Marli Berry and sophomore Janae DeFazio with assists by sophomore A.J. Tanner and senior Ariana Avila.
Elk Grove took the early lead with the only goal in the first half after a slow start by the Troubadours. After having their game postponed on Tuesday due to the rain storm, the Troubies were sluggish coming out on Tuesday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – All three Soccer games scheduled for the afternoon against Davis (JV Gold, V) and JV Red (Rocklin) have been postponed due to safety concerns because of the weather. The games will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced. Practices today have also been canceled.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Lindsey Porter had a hat trick as six players scored in the Delta League opening 8-1 win over Grant.
Sophomore Elise Urkov scored the first goal of the game in the first minute off an assist by Abby Padilla. Padilla then assisted Porter on the first of her three goals. Freshman Marli Berry (Urkov), sophomore Anna Huber (Blakeman) and sophomore Janae DeFazio (Huber) each scored in the half as the Troubadours led 5-0.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2017 Winter TroubieTV schedule will include numerous basketball and soccer broadcasts in the winter schedule announced Tuesday.
The JV and Varsity basketball games against Davis on Friday, January 6 will tipoff the campaign that includes at least 12 basketball broadcasts and seven soccer broadcasts. All six basketball and soccer teams will be highlighted at least once during the season and TroubieTV will follow all playoff games for the varsity units.
Ari Avila is a second-year varsity member. She likes to draw and paint in her free time. She has committed to play at Fresno Pacific University.
What does it mean to you to be named a captain?
“It means a lot because I have tried to put in a lot of hard work. I want to bring together all of our classes to make a really good team. It is an honor to be able to lead that group and be a role model.”
DANVILLE, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio provided the equalizer and senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Hendrickson kept El Camino Real out of the goal to finish the Tri-Valley Classic with a 1-1 tie against El Camino Real at Sycamore Valley Park.
“The last two games – Foothill and El Camino Real – were fantastic opponents,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “These last two games were a great test for us. It was team defense, we battled and we had to play faster. There is no doubt in my mind we are better this evening than this morning when we got here.”
ROCKLIN, Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored a late goal for the second consecutive game to salvage a tie at Rocklin on Tuesday night. DeFazio scored her fourth goal of the season in the 89th minute off a rebound off the cross bar. The ball was initially served by A.J. Tanner.
Rocklin’s Madeline Morrison gave the Thunder the lead in the 34th minute.
St. Francis (2-1) returns to action at Folsom on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team scored three unanswered goals to comeback and post a 3-2 win over Christian Brothers in the Holy Cup matchup at Hughes Stadium Thursday night.
“Amazing team effort and character,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “I am very impressed especially under the conditions.”
Christian Brothers (5-1) scored early to take the lead in the contest and added a second goal early in the second half. Sophomore A.J. Tanner got the Troubadours back in the game with a strong second half, scoring twice to tie the score.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The St. Francis soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2015-16 High School Team Academic Award. The team had a 3.63 combined grade point average last spring.
The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. It is the second consecutive season the program has been honored with the distinguished award under the guidance of Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School has earned recognition as one of 88 schools of distinction from the NFHS Network for the efforts of the Sports Media Club in producing TroubieTV.
TroubieTV produced 58 events in 2015-16 including games and contests from the sports of basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo. They also showcased the three St. Francis National Letter-of-Intent celebrations, the Homecoming Pep Rally and International Night among the other broadcasts.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis High School and the Troubadour Athletic Department will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.
“In offering athletics programs at St. Francis we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Our partnership with Sports Leader represents a continuation of that great Troubie tradition in a very intentional way.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis athletic department placed second overall in the All-Sports Award standings for the Delta League among the girls programs for the 2015-16 season, losing to Davis by two points. The Troubadours recorded a league-best seven combined first and second-place finishes.
“We congratulate Davis and appreciate the great competition in our league,” said Athletic Director Mark McGreevy. “Winning is not a primary goal but a byproduct of doing things well and we are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four years ago Emily Bloom could never have envisioned giving a speech at graduation and she has no idea what she would have said. But after her experiences at St. Francis Catholic High School, she now has something to say.
“I could not have given a speech at Memorial Auditorium and I would not have had anything to say,” predicted Bloom of herself as a freshman.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five student-athletes were recipients of the Booster Club Awards on Wednesday at the St. Francis Awards Ceremony.
Tennis and soccer player Avery Spector and volleyball player Nina Sanfilippo were the Booster Club Leadership Award winners. The recognition is given to the student or students who demonstrate leadership in athletics.
Varsity Soccer Banquet — Senior Ashley Newland was named the Cornerstone award and Defensive MVP. Senior Ashley Newland was the Offensive MVP and senior goalie Meredith Kaeser was the Iron Women Award recipient. Junior Ari Avila was the Golden Boot winner.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team lost 2-0 to No. 4 seed Woodcreek in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs on Thursday.
“I thought we came out a little flat and they came out ready to go,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “The first one was a little easy and we made some adjustments. We then had a game and had some good chances. We played them tight and the last one was poor housekeeping on our part.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team was awarded a No. 5 seed in the Sac Joaquin Section playoffs starting Tuesday, May 10. The Troubadours will host No. 12 Pitman at 4:00 p.m. at St. Francis.
Pitman, located in Turlock, won the Central California Conference with a 10-1-4 mark and went 15-6-5 overall. The Pride are led by Rayana Plancarte, who led the team with 21 goals and 14 assists.
St. Francis finished the regular season with a 13-3-4 record, including a 7-3-4 mark in the Delta League action to finish third overall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis had 21 selections to the River Cats All-City teams sponsored by SportsStars presented prior to the game Sunday at Raley Field. The Troubadours had student-athletes selected to each team led by four from the Sac-Joaquin Section winning water polo team.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Ariana Avila dribbled almost the full length of the field and placed the ball in the net to give St. Francis an early lead in a 4-0 victory over Monterey Trail. The game was the final regular season home game for the season including the 13 seniors.
Aly Barr is in her second season on the St. Francis varsity program and is playing her fourth season overall. She will attend William Jessup in the fall and will play soccer. She has scored two goals at the varsity level and four in her career.
How excited are you to go to William Jessup?
“I am super excited to go. I am looking forward to it with high school season almost over.”
Erin Barr is a third year player on the varsity team. She has two goals this season and seven over her Troubadour career. She has signed to play at Master’s College this fall.
How excited are you about your collegiate choice?
“I am so excited. It is something I have always looked forward to doing since I was a little girl. I leave in less than a month and half. It is coming up quick.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Meredith Cook and junior Taylor Simpkins each scored two goals to help St. Francis to a 6-0 win over Sheldon Monday night.
“I am pleased not just with the result but how the result happened,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We got really solid, effective play from a variety of people. It is one of the things we have been missing.”
Bridget Foy is in her second season on the varsity team and fourth overall in the soccer program. She is undecided on her college coach but will be choosing between UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. She has ties to both schools and is excited about her choice. She has scored 19 career goals over her four-year career.
What has being a member of the soccer program meant to you?
“It has shown me what it is like to be in a supportive team environment and taught me to play for others than myself.”
DAVIS, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team fell 1-0 to Davis Monday night in a hard fought battle between two of the best teams in the Delta League.
“This was a positive for me,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We played the best team in the league, lost 1-0 on a PK. Yes, we chased but quite frankly I thought our team defense was great. We played hard. That is all I can ask. We can walk out with our heads held high. I am looking forward.”
Emma Marchant is in her first season on the varsity and third year overall. She made the team after being cut as a junior. She spent her offseason on the swim team. She will be attending San Diego State in the fall with hopes to become a physical therapist after studying kinesiology.
Can you believe it is second semester of senior year?
“It is a weird combination of still being a kid and going out into the world and be your own person. I am really excited.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Meredith Cook will attend Occidental College and will play soccer for the Tigers.
“I am very excited, I think it is a great opportunity for me,” said Cook. “I have always enjoyed soccer and I have been playing since I was little. I’m glad I will get to continue playing especially in that environment. It is going to be a good fit for me.”
Meredith Cook is in her third season on the St. Francis varsity team. She has scored three goals in her varsity career and 10 overall. She has traveled to Africa with her family and volunteered there for a week. She is going to Italy with the Romo class trip. She is undecided on her college choice at this point.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team lost for the first time this season 3-0 to Franklin Monday.
“You got to hand it to them,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “They beat us to the ball and their transition was great. They dictated play and we played around it. They set the standard.”
The Wildcats (6-3, 2-2) score three times in the second half to hand the Troubadours their first home loss since 2014. St. Francis had a undefeated streak of 18 games at home (14-0-4) dating to a April 9, 2014 loss to Pleasant Grove (2-1).
Meredith Kaeser is in her fourth season in the soccer program. She has started every game in goal this season. She was diagnosed with asthma in sixth grade while playing basketball. She plays for Cap FC United. She is attending Oregon and plans to study business.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Janae DeFazio scored the equalizer and senior goalkeeper Meredith Kaeser recorded 13 saves as St. Francis tied Elk Grove Monday afternoon in the first game following the Spring Break holiday.
“Today was a hard day and it was not our best day,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “Some of the simple things we had to work harder for and they had a great chance.”
The Thundering Herd (3-4-3) took the lead in the 40th minute on a goal by junior forward Toree Oliver.
Avery Spector is playing her second full season on the varsity after earning a call-up during her sophomore season. Spector is a two-sport standout who led her tennis team to the section semifinals and was named the Delta League Player of the Year. She was the St. Francis nominee for the Dale Lackey Award given to the top student-athlete in the Sac-Joaquin Section. She plans to study graphic communications in college.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior soccer player Sydney Altobell joined junior Allison Oliveros,and sophomore Nicole Danuwidjaja in receiving the NCWIT Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing Saturday at an event hosted at UC Davis, sponsored by the UC Davis C-STEM Center and Bank of America.
Varsity Soccer will play Monday’s game vs. PG at 3:30 p.m. at Granite Regional Park. JV and freshmen games have been postponed with make-up details to be determined. JV and Frosh will practice in the Armory tomorrow after school.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Sydney Altobell scored a first half strike and it was all the team needed in a 1-0 win over Christian Brothers in the Holy Cup matchup.
“It felt so good,” said Altobell. “It was really important because it was the only goal of the game. I know we worked hard to keep it that way. I turned around and saw on open goal and I shot. It was kinda like the Armijo goal.”
Altobell had the game winner in the playoffs in 1-0 game last year against Armijo.
FOLSOM, Calif. – The St. Francis varsity soccer team defeated Ponderosa on a second half goal by freshman Janae DaFazio Friday night to go 2-0 on the first day of the 2016 season at the Folsom Challenge Cup Friday.
“Ponderosa is a great team,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “They are physical, crafty on the ball and move the ball well. We got better today.”
St. Francis fell behind early when Ponderosa connected for a first-half goal. But sophomore Taylor Simpkins tied the score unassisted in the 18th minute to record her first varsity goal.
Assistant AD Kelly Ketcham conducts inPACT testing on all freshmen, juniors and new players in the sports of volleyball, soccer, softball, diving, track and field (pole vault) and lacrosse. The ImPACT test is open to all students. Contact Kelly for more information.
Here is the spring sports testing schedule:
Monday, February 15 (MEET IN GYM FOYER)
1-2 p.m. SOCCER
2:30-3:30 p.m. LAX
Wednesday, February 17 (late start day meet in room 333)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five St. Francis seniors signed to play soccer in college next fall at schools across the country and were celebrated at a National Signing Day ceremony on campus Wednesday morning.
“It has been awesome to share this with my teammates,” said Hailey Barrett, who will play for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. “I have played with these girls for a few years and they are some of my best friends. I loved watching them sign. It was super cool to experience it with them.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Rhys Wynbrandt will sign with Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday as part of the National Signing Day event for the sport of soccer. St. Francis has five players signing with programs across the country.
“I have had a big dream about Hawaii,” said Wynbrandt. “It has been a big place for me and I have always been inspired by surfers. It has been a huge dream place and is the reason I set my focus on that school.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Erin Barr will play soccer at The Master’s College next fall.
“The first time I visited there was in 7th grade when my brothers were touring colleges,” said Barr about discovering her college choice. “I was interested but didn’t really know what the school was about. I came back and the coach contacted me about coming for a visit. I loved it. It is a great fit spiritually, academically and athletically.”
Spring sports start on Feb. 8 for the sports of lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving and track and field. Please have your daughter’s current physical on file with the athletic department to insure her participation in the first day of tryouts. The physical must be on the form on the school website. You can find it here.
DIVING: Practice starts on February 15: 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Capital Diving. Workouts the rest of the season (2/22-4/27) will be M/W/F from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Hailey Barrett will fulfill her goal of playing soccer at her dream school when she signs to play next year at UC Santa Barbara on the National Signing day for soccer on Feb. 3.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Troubadour soccer standout Anna Gregg, a 2015 graduate of St. Francis, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Fall High School All-America team, the organization announced Monday.
Gregg, she was one of 43 named to the national team, recently completed her freshmen season at Colorado College. She saw action in 22 games and recorded two assists.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.– The St. Francis Girls’ Team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) with the 2014-15 High School Team Academic Award. The team had a 3.61 combined grade point average last spring.
The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior soccer player Aly Barr sees her future and it will be at William Jessup University in Rocklin. She has verbally committed to the school to play soccer next fall, following in the footsteps of one of her older brothers and continuing a family soccer tradition in college.
“I really love the campus,” said Barr. “The school is a lot like St. Francis, small and people want to get to know you. I really like the soccer team and coach.”
DAVIS, Calif. – The UC Davis women’s soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over Sacramento State on Monday in the annual Causeway Cup matchup between the programs in a match that featured three former St. Francis Troubadours and a fourth waiting for her opportunity.
“It felt really good,” said Aggie junior Andi Damian ’13 of the win. “It is good to keep that going for us.”
The game featured Damian, senior Hayley Hughes ’12 and Sacramento State junior Jennifer Lum ’12. Freshman Allie Carmickle ’15 is a reserve goalkeeper for the Aggies.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – NCAA Soccer teams across the country start their 2015 seasons this week and there are 12 Troubadour alumnae soccer players on rosters this season: Catie Brown ’15 (SMU), Terra Carden ’14 (Pacific), Allie Carmickle ’15 (UC Davis), Katie Clark ’12 (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), Izzi Chelini ’15 (Cal Lutheran), Andrea Damian ’13 (UC Davis), Emily Egan ’14 (Georgia Southern), Anna Gregg ’15 (Colorado College), Haley Hughes ’12 (UC Davis), Madison Kimball ’15 (Loyola Chicago), Jennifer Lum ’12 (Sacramento State) and Addie Wallace ’15 (Villanova).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anna Gregg, a 2015 graduate of St. Francis, was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Spring All-America Second Team, as announced on the website. Gregg will play soccer on scholarship at Colorado College this fall.
Gregg led St. Francis to Sac-Joaquin Section final on May 17. She scored a Delta League best 32 goals on the season in 2015 with a league-best 72 points. She also recorded eight assists, the second-best total in the league. The Folsom product recorded three or more goals four times season and recorded 12 multi-goal games during season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former college basketball coach and athletic director Stan Morrison was the keynote speaker for the St. Francis athletics department retreat in August 2015. Morrison started his coaching career at El Camino High School before embarking on a career that would include head coaching jobs at Pacific, USC, San Jose State Basketball coach and as the AD at both UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside.
Morrison had several messages for the Troubadour coaches intertwined among his tremendous coaching experiences and stories that highlighted his talking points.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alumna Maryclaire Robinson will take over the St. Francis soccer program full time in 2016 after serving as the interim head coach for the 2015 season, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alumna Anna Gregg ’14 will represent Colorado College and the United States at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, from July 3-14.
The 20 players competing as Team USA in Gwangju, Korea, are a collection of current, former and future Tigers, including 10 who helped CC advance to the 2013 NCAA Tournament after claiming the Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who are current athletes or recent graduates, born between Jan. 1, 1990, and Dec. 31, 1997.
Moncton, CANADA – St. Francis alumna Ariana Calderon made the Mexican national team for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada but a recent injury will keep her on the sideline.
“Due to my injury, I will not be playing in the World Cup this year,” said Calderon on Instagram Thursday night. “I gave it everything I had, but it was not in God’s plan. Thank you to those who reached out and (have) given me strength during this time. I wish my teammates the best of luck. I can’t wait to get back in the Mexico jersey.”
St. Francis was ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 52 in the nation according to MaxPreps High School Soccer Poll. SF was also ranked No. 4 in Region 5 and No. 20 in the nation in the final NSCAA poll.
St. Francis advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section championship for the second straight season before falling to Franklin. The Troubadours defeated No. 1 seed and overall state-ranked No. 1 Davis 1-0 in the semifinals.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats honored 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game Sunday against Memphis at Raley Field.
The Sacramento River Cats recognized their 2014-15 All-City team before today’s baseball game. Eleven Troubadours were selected to the respective sports all-city teams and senior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will honor 11 St. Francis student-athletes as members of the 2014-15 River Cats All-City teams in a ceremony before the game against Memphis on Sunday, May 24 at Raley Field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The St. Francis Booster Club Leadership and Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Awards were presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony May 13 and numerous student-athletes were recognized among the honorees.
Soccer player Anna Gregg and water polo’s Lauren Charter received the Scholar-Athlete Awards, while cross country/track athlete Miranda Myers and basketball player Susie Rogers received the Leadership Awards.
Each student-athlete will receive a $1000 scholarship to be used for their school.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis junior varsity soccer team finished off the season strong by winning four of their last five to post a 12-7 record on the season. They showed great improvement on the field over the course of the season.
“The chemistry between the girls was the most inspiring thing,” said Head Coach Justin Boyer. “For a year when we didn’t have a ton of success results-wise, we grew a lot as a team throughout the year. We grew both physically and emotionally moving forward.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – No. 2 Seed Franklin scored twice in the first half and added a third goal to defeat No. 5 seed St. Francis 3-0 in the final of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Saturday.
“The ride was fantastic,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “That is the concern when you have such a big win in the semis against such a tough opponent to try to keep it together. We had some hurdles. We were a little thin in the back not to take anything away from Franklin. It was not our day.”
DAVIS, Calif. – Senior Rachel Schaefer scored a first-half goal and seniors Catie Brown and Allie Carmickle played an amazing game in goal to lead No. 5. seed St. Francis to a 1-0 victory over Davis Wednesday.
“Davis is a great team and they are by far the best team we have faced,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We had to make some adjustments and we did. Mostly, we played as a team. We had some individual matchups I felt good about.”
The Varsity Soccer held its annual team banquet on Wednesday, May 11. Anna Gregg received the 2015 Cornerstone and Offensive MVP awards, while senior Rachel Schaefer was the Defensive MVP. Junior Hailey Barrett was given the 2015 Iron Women Award.
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Junior Sydney Altobell found the perfect time to record her first goal of the season to lead No. 5 seed St. Francis to a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Armijo Thursday. The Troubadours advance to play No. 1 seed Davis Wednesday, May 13 at Davis.
Altobell broke a scoreless game with a left-footed strike from about 30-feet that cleared the Armijo goalie with about six minutes left in the first half. St. Francis (17-2-2) made it stand in posting their seventh consecutive shutout and 16th of the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Anna Gregg recorded a hat trick in the first half as defending section champions St. Francis posted a 6-0 win over No. 12 Woodcreek in the Sac-Joaquin Section opener Tuesday. The Troubadours play the winner of No. 4 Armijo and No. 13 Franklin (Stockton) on Thursday.
“It is a good feeling going into playoffs like this,” said junior Bridget Foy of the opening win. “When you start out with a good win, it gives you so much confidence. We can go into the next game and keep playing as a team and doing what we do.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Defending Sac-Joaquin Section champion St. Francis will enter next week’s playoffs as the fifth overall seed and will host No. 12 Woodcreek on Tuesday, May 5 in a first-round game at 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for K-12 and children 5 and under are free.
The Troubadours finished third in the Delta League with a 10-2-2 and posted a 16-2-2 overall mark in the regular season under Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. St. Francis won the Cal Spring Classic in February as part of six consecutive wins to start the season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven different players scored a goal as the St. Francis varsity soccer team closed the regular season with a 7-0 win over Grant Wednesday. Hailey Barrett, Anna Gregg, Avery Spector and Savannah Watson tallied first half goals, while Raegan Jobe, Kirsten Kjome and Ashley Newland each scored in the second half.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a game to celebrate the seniors, the St. Francis seniors shined Monday in posting a 6-0 victory over Monterey Trail. The Troubadours closed the regular season with a 6-0-1 record at home with the possibility of a home playoff game next week on the horizon.
“The atmosphere was fantastic,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We had a great senior environment. I have been exceedingly impressed with people’s willingness to share the glory. Anna is our goal scorer and she scored early and then rested. But the standard stays high.”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Anna Gregg scored a career-best four goals to lead St. Francis to a 4-0 victory over Sheldon Monday night. She improved her Delta League leading goal total to 26 for the season. St. Francis improved to 14-1-2 and 8-1-2 in league play. SF is ranked No. 3 in the state by MaxPreps.
The four goals marked the 10th multiple-goal game of the season for Gregg, who had recorded hat tricks against Elk Grove and Pleasant Grove.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Hailey Barrett scored in the 24th minute and St. Francis made it stand as Meredith Kaeser and her teammates posted a 1-0 shutout over Elk Grove in windy conditions.
“I had a breakaway and placed it in the corner,” said Barrett of her seventh goal of the season. “The wind always creates a challenge for us especially going against it. We go the goal with the wind so we just had to play defense in the second half.”
Junior Bridget Foy assisted on the goal by Barrett.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Anna Gregg scored two goals but Davis responded both times to force a 2-2 tie in a matchup of two of the Delta League and state’s top teams Monday.
“We are in a place where we are moving forward,” said Interim Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “You can see it and feel it. I am really pleased with that. Would I have liked to get a “W” if we could have held on, sure, but they are a good team.”
St. Francis is known for its sisterhood. Here is a collection of photos of Troubie sisters who play sports for the Troubadours, as well as shots with their sports-playing brothers at Jesuit in honor of National Sibling Day.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Anna Gregg recorded a hat trick to lead St. Francis to a 4-0 victory over Pleasant Grove Wednesday night.
“We are playing as a team more than ever,” said Gregg. “It feels good to win.”
St. Francis (12-1-1, 6-1-1), which tied the Eagles in their first meeting to start league play last month, won their sixth consecutive overall and fifth straight via shutout, posting a combined score of 28-0 over that stretch.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Hailey Barrett scored the only goal of the game and the St. Francis defense came up strong led by 16 saves by goalies Catie Brown and Allie Carmickle to post a 1-0 victory and hand Franklin their first loss of the season.
“I thought the team did a great job of playing for each other today,” said Interim Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “We created a lot of chances in the first half and got a little unlucky in front of the net. Yet they were not deterred. They passed and defended hard.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four players scored goals as the St. Francis soccer team posted a 5-0 win over Sheldon Wednesday. It was the second consecutive win for the team, improving the Troubadours to 2-1-1 in league play.
Senior Savannah Watson scored for the second consecutive game, helping St. Francis (7-1-1) to a 1-0 lead three minutes into the contest. Senior Anna Gregg then scored back-to-back goals five minutes apart. She scored the first at the 8:22 mark and connected again 13:38 into the half.
Senior Izzy Chelini added her first goal one minute later.
Dulany Phillips is a senior midfielder for the Troubadours. She loves to draw, play with crocodiles in her spare time and enjoys a Beignet at Café Dumont.
What do you love about playing St. Francis soccer?
“I love how we have such a big team and we play really well together. I really love the style of play at St. Francis. It is focused on passing instead of playing it up to the forwards all the time. As a midfielder, it is a lot of midfield work and passing.”
Spring Sports Photo Days are next week. The Diving, Track and Field and Lacrosse teams will have their pictures taken on Monday, March 16. The Swimming, Soccer and Softball teams will have their pictures taken on Tuesday, March 17. Students should report to the gym in full uniform (tops and shorts).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Meredith Cook scored a goal in the 16th minute and St. Francis never trailed in posting a 3-1 win over rival Christian Brothers Tuesday afternoon.
Cook scored on an assist by senior Anna Gregg to give the Troubadours the early lead. Gregg added two second half goals with the first giving St. Francis (5-0) a 2-0 lead. The Falcons would cut the deficit to 2-1 but Gregg would score again in the 76th minute to seal the victory.
Gregg now has five goals and four assists on the season in five games.
WOODLAND, Calif. – The St. Francis varsity soccer team won the Cal Spring Classic with a 5-0 win over Placer Saturday, winning the tournament title for the second consecutive season.
“The real focus was on the small improvements and evolutions,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “In game one we came from behind to win. We wanted to tighten up in a few areas and loosen up in a few areas to get us moving forward. The building intensity and team play all over the field is really what got us going.”
WOODLAND, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team remained undefeated in the Cal Spring Classic with a 4-0 shutout win over Sierra late Friday night. The Troubies got goals from junior Bridget Foy, senior Addie Wallace, senior Savannah Watson and senior Lydia Molitor.
“It was a great showing,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson. “It was a little nerve-wracking in the first game. We got the little kinks out. They were honest early and yet we managed. I am really pleased. We had some great leadership on every layer on the field.”
Diving practice starts Monday, Feb. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Capital Diving. Student-athletes must have their 2014-15 physical on file with Athletics department before participating. For questions, contact Head Coach Dede Crayne via email at email@example.com.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Anna Gregg is among six St. Francis seniors who will participate in a celebration Wednesday to recognize their commitments to play soccer at colleges and universities across the country. The celebration will take place in the CLC at 9 a.m. on campus and will be broadcast live on TroubieTV.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Izzy Chelini will play at Cal Lutheran next fall after committing to the school this fall. She plays for the San Juan soccer club, one of three Troubadours affiliated with the team.
“Izzy has been playing with us since the under nines,” said San Juan director Tony Perez. “She has always stood out as one of our most technical players on that team. She has made the most out of her skills.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis goalie Allie Carmickle will sign to play for and attend school at UC Davis on National Letter-of-Intent Signing Day on Wednesday.
“I can’t even describe it,” said Carmickle of her anticipation for signing day. “I don’t think I have comprehended it enough and the realization that in less than a year I will be off playing Division I soccer at UC Davis. I can’t wait for it and it is going to be a memorable moment. I think I will remember it for the rest of life.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Addie Wallace will sign a National Letter-of-Intent to attend and play soccer at Villanova University next fall. She will participate in a ceremony at St. Francis Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
“I really liked the school and coaches,” said Wallace about her recruitment to the Philadelphia school. “It has been nice to know where I was going especially since I love the school.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior Catie Brown still has work to do on the soccer field for the Troubadours this spring but she will solidify her college plans next month. She will sign a National Letter of Intent to play soccer and attend Southern Methodist University on Feb. 4.
Brown, who will play her third season for the St. Francis soccer team, committed to SMU last July. The early decision has allowed her to complete the last two years of her career without the stress of a college decision.
Former UC Davis women’s soccer coach and St. Francis alumna Maryclaire Robinson enters her third season as the head coach of the St. Francis soccer program She joined the program after serving the 2015 as the interim head coach.
“I have such fond memories of walking these halls and representing the Troubadours,” said Robinson, who took over initially for Rosella Kelly. “St. Francis was instrumental in my growth personally and athletically. To have this opportunity to give back is phenomenal.”
Renee Montez begins her first season as an assistant with the St. Francis varsity team.
Montez has coached with the Sacramento Soccer Alliance for the last four years working with teams from U-10 to U-14 and has worked with the Granite Bay Soccer club as an assistant coach and trainer for the U-17 team in 2016.
She has also worked numerous clinics with the Sacramento Republic FC Youth Camps and the Coerver Soccer Clinics (2013-14). She has earned her CYSA “E” and “F” Licenses and the Coerver Youth Diploma.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Madison Kimball had a good idea what she was looking for in her college experience. So she took an active role in deciding her path and has found her perfect school. The St. Francis senior is committed to attend and play soccer at Loyola University Chicago.
“I wanted a Jesuit school with a good soccer program and academics,” said Kimball. “We were looking at the different options and my mom asked me about Loyola-Chicago. At first, I thought it might be a little far away.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at email@example.com.
St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes from the last week about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Hailey Barrett has been selected to participate in the Women’s Futures Match at the Sacramento Republic FC game on Thursday, Sept. 4. Special ticket prices are setup for St. Francis families and students to attend the game. The Women’s Futures Match is a game to highlight some of the top female soccer players in the Sacramento Area. Sacramento is a hotbed for talented women soccer players and has produced a plethora of successful collegiate athletes, including recent St.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former UC Davis women’s soccer coach Maryclaire Robinson has been named the interim head coach for the St. Francis soccer program for the 2015 season, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis will play in the Delta League beginning this fall with many familiar faces and several new ones.
“The Delta League has a lot of history and it is great it is back in existence,” said Delta League Commissioner Ron Nocetti.
The Troubadours move into the newly formed Delta League along with Pleasant Grove and Sheldon from the Delta River League. The league is a realignment of members of both the Delta River and Delta Valley Leagues.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumna Erica Jahn does not suit up for Sacramento Republic FC but she has played a big role in their inaugural season. In her first season as an account executive, Jahn has helped the team post attendance records all season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team will be recognized by the Sacramento Republic FC Friday as part of their second annual Sacramento Soccer Day festivities prior to the game against English Premier club West Bromwich Albion FC on Friday, July 25 at Bonney Field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis High School athletics department completed the spring campaign on a championship run that included back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section titles that highlighted another successful season in 2013-14.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team earned the No. 1 ranking in the state of California and No. 17 national ranking by MaxPreps following their Sac-Joaquin Section win last weekend. The Troubadours ascended to the No. 1 ranking after finishing a 21-3-5 season with a postseason run that included wins over Armijo (4-2), Enochs (5-4), Granite Bay (1-0) and Oak Ridge (1-0) in the SJS playoffs.
St. Francis won their 13th section title in school history and first since 2010.
The St. Francis soccer team earned the No. 1 ranking in the state of California and No. 17 national ranking by MaxPreps following their Sac-Joaquin Section win.
St. Francis won their 13th section title in school history and first since 2010 with a 1-0 win over Oak Ridge. The Troubadours finished a 21-3-5 season with a postseason run that included wins over Armijo (4-2), Enochs (5-4), Granite Bay (1-0) and Oak Ridge (1-0) in the SJS playoffs.
Junior Anna Gregg was the Co-Player of the Year in the Delta River League, helping St.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis junior soccer player Anna Gregg was named the River Cats Girls Soccer Player of the Year at the High School Awards Ceremony before Sunday’s game against the Tacoma Rainers.
“It means so much and feels so great,” said Gregg of the Player of the Year honor. “I set a goal to help to the section championship and that was accomplished. I could not be happier.”
Gregg and her St. Francis teammates captured the Sac-Joaquin Section title on Saturday on her goal to defeat Oak Ridge 1-0.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Anna Gregg scored in the 20th minute and No. 4 seed St. Francis held on to defeat No. 3 seed Oak Ridge 1-0 in the championship game of the Les Schwab Tires Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs presented by Farmers Insurance.
St. Francis (21-3-5) won their 13th section title in school history and first since 2010.
Gregg, who scored at least one goal in all four playoff games, connected on a shot from the left side to the right corner that snuck in past the right bar on the ground to put the Troubadours up 1-0 just 20 minutes into the game.
SACRAMENTO, – Calif. – Seventeen St. Francis Troubadours have been named to the 2013-14 River Cats All-City teams and will be recognized on Sunday at the High School Sports Awards Ceremony before the River Cats take on the Tacoma Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. at Raley Field.
The St. Francis All-City fall sports selections include senior golfer Emily Laskin, volleyball seniors Ali Koumelis and Anna Baytosh and cross country runners Lauren LaRocco, Madison Rawson and Miranda Myers.
GRANITE BAY, Calif. – Junior Anna Gregg scored with just over three minutes left to help fourth-seeded St. Francis post a 1-0 victory over top seed Granite Bay Tuesday afternoon. The Troubadours will meet the winner of the matchup between No. 2 Franklin and No. 3 Oak Ridge Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
“We got it to her where she needed to be and she did what she does best and found the back of the net,” said Head Coach Rosella Kelly. “She is solid on net.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis freshmen soccer team had an impressive season, showcasing the talent across the program. The Troubadours were led by first-year head coach Lindsey Mair and assistant Gabby Trenton.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis and Granite Bay will now meet Tuesday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at Granite Bay High School in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinal game. The game was changed in a mutual agreement between the schools to accommodate academic schedules.
No. 4 seed St. Francis advanced to the semifinals with wins over Armijo (4-2) and Enochs (5-2), while No. 1 Granite Bay defeated West (7-0) and McClatchy (0-0, 4-3 PKs).
No. 2 Franklin and No. 3 Oak Ridge will meet on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Franklin.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Anna Gregg scored two goals to help St. Francis build a 5-2 advantage and the Troubadours survived a late rally to prevail 5-4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section second round game Thursday afternoon. The Troubadours advance to the semifinals to be held Wednesday, May 14.
“It was the most stressful game of my life,” said junior Anna Gregg, who had two goals and an assist. “They fought back and hard but so did we. We proved to have the better team today. It feels so good because this game coming in was very evenly matched.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – During spring break, the St. Francis campus was mostly quiet. But junior soccer player Anna Gregg still got her usual workouts in, pounding ball after ball into the net with her father retrieving each rocket off her leg.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis soccer team was awarded a No. 4 seed in the Sac Joaquin Section playoffs starting Tuesday, May 6. The Troubadours will host No. 13 Armijo out of the Monticello Empire League at 4 p.m. at St. Francis.
“I think it is fair,” said Head Coach Rosella Kelly, who is in her second season leading the program. “We are prepared for anything. We are going to do our best regardless. It is always nice to have the home-field advantage.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis closed out its home regular season schedule with a 2-1 victory over Sheldon in the Senior Game. The Troubadours honored Mia Arostegui, Terra Carden, Nina Madsen, Ashley Kyalwazi and Jenna Mark in pregame ceremonies.
Junior Rachel Schaefer gave St. Francis the early 1-0, scoring off a header on an assist by Emma Granner. Sheldon tied the game later in the half.
“We really wanted to win to help get a good placement for playoffs,” said Schaefer, who scored her fourth goal of the season. “It was a good start to the game.”
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. – Junior Trinity Connaughton scored on an assist by sophomore Hailey Barrett and Allie Carmickle played a solid game in goal as St. Francis tied Ponderosa 1-1 Thursday afternoon.
It was the third consecutive game for the Troubadours over the last three days.
St. Francis is now 14-2-5 and 3-1-2 in Delta River League action.
It was the second goal of the season for Connaughton and first since the season-opening Cal Spring Classic, while Bailey recorded her team-best seventh assist of the season.
Nina Madsen is the oldest of three siblings with two younger brothers. She has experience in the martial arts, earning a second-degree black belt before focusing on soccer. So watch out, the 5-2 senior from Granite Bay knows how to take care of herself.
What is your favorite aspect of soccer?
“I like being part of a team because it is a group thing. It is not just you and you work together with other people.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Pleasant Grove upset nationally-ranked No. 19 St. Francis Wednesday 2-1 in a Delta River League matchup.
Amanda Nelms put Pleasant Grove up 2-0 in the second half and the Eagles withstood a comeback effort by the Troubadours that included a game-tying goal that was waived off by the officials. Junior Anna Gregg scored her 19th goal of the season to pull within one and Lydia Molitor tied the game. But the goal was waived off to the disappointment of the SF bench and fans.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Alex Vergara scored in the second half to help St. Francis record a tie against Oak Ridge and remain undefeated in Delta River League action. The Troubadours lead the league with a 3-0-1 record.
Oak Ridge (5-3-5, 2-0-3) took the lead on a penalty kick in the first half and led until Vergera scored on a corner kick off an assist by Hailey Barrett to tie it in the second half. The Troubadours (14-1-4) had 20 shots in the game.
Catie Brown and Mia Arostegui combined for seven saves in the contest.
ELK GROVE, Calif. – Junior Anna Gregg scored three goals including the game winner in the second half to lead St. Francis to a 3-2 win over Sheldon Thursday.
St. Francis took the early lead on the first goal by Gregg in the first half. Sheldon responded with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead. Gregg tied the game before halftime to send the teams into the break with the game tied at 2.
Soccer Games against Pleasant Grove scheduled today at St. Francis Troubadour Athletics have been postponed. They have been re-scheduled for April 9 at St. Francis with the varsity at 4 p.m. and junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. Freshmen soccer practice and the St. Francis Varsity and JV softball games at Folsom have also been canceled. Lacrosse against Granite Bay at 5:30 and 7:30 will be played as scheduled at Mather Sports Center.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Freshman Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored six goals Friday night against Roseville. It was a career-high for Tijerino-Santos and the third time this season she has scored three or more goals in a game after recording hat tricks against Bella Vista and Del Campo.
“It was very exciting,” said Tijerino-Santos, who scored 39 goals for her middle school last season. “I try not to be selfish and pass the ball around to let other people score. When you are a forward, it is your job to score for the team.”
Jenna Mark is a senior on the St. Francis soccer team. The defender is dedicated to her team and looking forward to her final season playing soccer. The avid skier has a long history skiing in Lake Tahoe, one of her favorite pasttimes off the pitch.
How did you get involved playing soccer?
“I have been playing soccer since I was four years old. I have always played it. I never tried anything else because I loved it.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Simon Sheppard joined the St. Francis soccer coaching staff this spring, assisting Head Coach Rosella Kelly with the goalkeepers at all three levels of the Troubadour program.
“You build relationships with all the young ladies and it is about building that trust factor and believing what you are telling them,” said Sheppard. “The girls are very open-minded and will benefit from that. I love to develop young people.”
FOLSOM, Calif. – Sophomore Meredith Cook and junior Anna Gregg both scored as St. Francis posted a 2-1 win over Folsom Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Troubadours improved to 13-1-2 and 2-0 in Delta River League action.
Cook put the Troubadours ahead with a goal in the first half, scoring her second goal of the season. Gregg added an insurance goal in the second half, recording her team-best 15th of the season. The goal proved beneficial as Folsom scored on a corner kick with under a minute to play.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Rachel Schaefer scored a goal and assisted on a second to lead St. Francis to a 2-0 win over Ponderosa Tuesday afternoon to open Delta River League play.
The Troubadours and Bruins battled in a scoreless first half as goalie Mia Arostegui kept Ponderosa out of the net.
“I felt like we had control of the game,” said Head Coach Rosella Kelly. “We dominated more than they did but we could not find the back of the net in the first half. It was our main topic at halftime that we have to finish or it was going to be tough.”
Senior Ashley Kyalwazi has been the driving force behind an exciting year of increased spirit and student activities at St. Francis as the Student Body President. She is a personable and determined student who is considering and being considered by some of the top schools in California and across the country. On the field, she is a captain and a tough defender who wants the best for her team and teammates.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Anna Gregg recorded a hat trick for the second time in four days and the Troubadour defense posted a shut out to record a 6-0 win over Del Campo Tuesday afternoon.
“We started a little slow but we picked it up,” said Gregg. “We completed some good passes, moved the ball great and found the outside mids. We crossed it in with a negative outside ball. It was exactly how it was supposed to look like and it was beautiful.”
Senior Mia Arostegui is part of a talented goalkeeper group that has helped St. Francis get off to a 5-0-1 start. She started and played all four games at the Cal Spring Tournament, helping the team to the title. She has been accepted to Notre Dame and has a list she is waiting to hear back from. She is planning on studying medicine.
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