St. Francis Soccer

13-Time Sac-Joaquin Section Champions:

1981, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014

21-Time League Champions

1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013


Soccer’s Porter and Berry Earn United Soccer Coaches All-Region Honors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rising senior Lindsey Porter and rising junior Marli Berry were named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-West Region team announced this week.

Porter, who has committed to UC-Santa Barbara, led the team in scoring as a junior. She totaled a team-best nine goals and eight assists with 26 points. She was named to the Delta League first team while ranking sixth in goals and fourth in assists and was named the team’s Offensive MVP and Golden Boot winner.


Alumna Rachel Huber ’18 to Play Soccer at William Jessup

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alumna Rachel Huber ’18 recently committed to play soccer at William Jessup University in Rocklin this fall. She will play for Head Coach Constantini and join former teammate Aly Barr on the Warriors roster. Huber was a two-year letter winner for the Troubadours over the last two seasons.

Here is our Q&A with Rachel Huber:

What was attractive about attending Jessup for school?


Where Are They Now? Ashley Kyalwazi ‘14

Alumna Ashley Kyalwazi ’14, who was the Student Body President her senior year, continues to be a shining example and representative of St. Francis High School. She recently stopped by the campus in between her graduation from the University of Notre Dame and enrollment in Harvard Medical School this fall.

“I had a great time as an undergraduate at Notre Dame,” said Kyalwazi. “Over the course of four years, I was blessed to meet amazing people from professors to my peers. I will miss my time at ND, but I am looking forward to beginning my medical school journey.”


2017 Soccer Highlights

  • 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.
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Spring Signing Day Highlights St. Francis Students

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.


Senior Monet Lopez to Play Soccer at ARC

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.


Tijerino-Santos to Play Soccer for ARC

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.


Soccer Seeded Sixth in Division I

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.


Soccer Preps for Playoffs with 6-0 Win
Seven Seniors Recognized Pregame

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.”


Soccer Wins Late vs. Franklin 3-2

ELK GROVE Calif. – Sophomore Janae DeFazio scored the game winner in extra time to give St. Francis a 3-2 win over Franklin on Tuesday.

Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored in the fourth minute to give the Troubadours a 1-0 lead. The assist came off passes from Elise Urkov pass and Janae DeFazio, who connected with Santos.

Franklin tied the game on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute and took the lead half way into the second half on a second PK.


Soccer Loses Close Battle 2-1 on the Road

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.”


Soccer’s Avila to Sign with Fresno Pacific

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.”


Wong, Defense Help Soccer to Win over Franklin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Meridith Wong scored the game-winning goal in the second half to give St. Francis a 3-2 win over Franklin on Thursday.

“Elise (Urkov) played it through and I took a touch and whacked it,” said Wong. “It feels amazing. I feel lucky to have been able to be playing and make a difference for my team.”

Wong’s goal put the Troubadours back on top after the Wildcats erased a 2-0 first-half lead.


Soccer Comeback Downs Elk Grove

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.


Soccer Games Postponed for Jan. 10

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.


Soccer Ties Pleasant Grove in Home League Opener

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Savannah Tijerino-Santos scored the lone goal for the Troubadours in a 1-1 tie with Pleasant Grove on Thursday at Granite Regional Park.

“We worked really well and the intensity was there,” said Tijerino-Santos, who scored her third goal of the season. “We were pressing them and did everything we could do. I am proud of my team.”

The Troubadours scored first with the Tijerino-Santos goal off an assist by senior Arianna Avila. The Eagles tied the score later in the half.


Soccer Opens Delta League with Win

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.


2016-17 Varsity Soccer Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Class Hometown
1 Kaitlyn Hendrickson GK 5-6 JR El Dorado Hills
2 Grace Barger M   FR Davis
3 Allie Cloninger M 5-7 JR Sacramento
4 Darby Carrillo D 5-1 SR Auburn
6 Janae DeFazio M 5-5 SO El Dorado Hills
7 Anne Ayotte M 5-7 SO Dixon
8 Marli Berry F   FR Orangevale
9 A.J. Tanner D 5-5 SO W. Sacramento
10 Haley Blakeman     FR Sacramento
12 Abby Padilla M 5-0 SR Sacramento
13 Elise Urkov F 5-6 SO Sacramento
15 Lindsey Porter M 5-3 SO Loomis
18 Savannah Tijerino-Santos F 5-6 SR Sacramento
19 Veronica Wagner D 5-3 JR Elk Grove
20 Ariana Avila F 5-3 SR Rescue
21 Ava Nkadi F/M/D 5-9 JR El Dorado Hills
22 Meridith Wong D/M 5-7 SR Clarksburg
23 Taylor Simpkins F 5-4 JR Roseville
24 Alyssa Shebert D 5-6 SR Folsom
25 Anna Huber F 5-4 JR Sacramento
26 Julia Boston M 5-9 JR Shingle Springs
28 Anissah Surita F 5-4 JR Sacramento
31 Rachel Huber GK 5-9 JR Sacramento
34 Jessica Ponik GK 5-8 SO Folsom

Head Coach: Maryclaire Robinson ‘86 (Third Season)

Assistant Coach: Renee Montez (First Season)