Hart’s Taylor Scott leads All-Foothill League girls soccer honorees

Hart's Taylor Scott (10) looks toward the goal as she takes a pass against Mater Dei in overtime at Hart. Dan Watson/The Signal
When Hart girls soccer coach Guilherme Mitrovitch first saw Taylor Scott play on the junior varsity team her freshman year, he didn’t expect her to eventually win Foothill League Player of the Year. “Sometimes players go varsity freshman year and you can tell they’re going to be good,” Mitrovitch said. “Scott, I couldn’t really tell in the freshman year. That shows how much she worked to get where she got.” Scott worked her way onto the varsity team her sophomore year and began to garner playing time. Her junior year, she earned a starting spot. This year, her senior year, she was one of Hart’s most important offensive players and earned league Player of the Year honors.
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She scored a total of 14 goals and had eight assists this season. Her most clutch performances came in the postseason. On Feb. 16, she scored the game-winning goal in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Less than a week later, in the second round of playoffs, Scott scored the golden goal in double overtime. “As one of the captains and one of the leaders on the team, she had a big role on and off the field,” Mitrovitch said. “She really leads by example. She works super hard. She pushes the girls. She’s encouraging to her teammates, so I’m very happy and excited for her.” Scott wasn’t always Hart’s best finisher. In previous years, she played as a winger before transitioning to center forward. She’s also been key in defending set pieces. Mitrovitch noted her ability to defend headers, in particular. “She’s a player you can use in many different ways,” he said. “She’s the type of player that a coach knows is very versatile.” “She worked extremely hard to get where she got. We had a lot of other strong players who were close to getting that award, but I’m happy for her … and I’m excited for the future.” Here’s the complete list of All-Foothill League teams:

First Team

Claudia McKail, junior, Canyon Emily Perez, sophomore, Golden Valley Kassie Matthews, senior, Hart Taylor Moorehead, junior, Hart Brooke Rickard, junior, Hart Hailey Billesbach, senior, Saugus Kelly Yanover, senior, Saugus Kayla Kukaua, senior, Valencia Kiana Kukaua, sophomore, Valencia Aliyah Satterfield, senior, West Ranch Alison Jacobs, freshman, West Ranch Rheana Patterson, senior, West Ranch

Second Team

Isa Rector, senior, Canyon Kaylani Miranda, sophomore, Canyon Marilyn Cabrera, senior, Golden Valley Melissa Lagunas, senior, Golden Valley Isabella Penaranda, junior, Hart Mia Labrador, senior, Hart Kristen McIlrath, junior, Saugus Catalina Castillo-Lozano, junior, Saugus Autumn Moore, junior, Valencia Ashlyn Johnson, senior, Valencia Erin Meottel, senior, West Ranch Abigail Ashlock, senior, West Ranch

Honorable Mention

Alyssa Aguilar, senior, Canyon Kiara Gunn, senior, Golden Valley Victoria Ryan, senior, Hart Breeanna San Lucas, freshman, Saugus Lauren Madero, senior, Valencia Riley Villiers-Furze, senior, West Ranch

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Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.