P2P CCS Girls Soccer Honors
Kristina Sola led Mitty to another CCS Division II championship with 13 goals and 16 assists. (Wendy Calia/Special to Prep2Prep)


Player of the Year


Kristina Sola isn’t typically one to shine above her many talented and gifted teammates on the Mitty girls soccer team.

But this year the 5-foot-10 senior stood tall — literally and figuratively — against the competition and helped lead the Monarchs to a West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section Division II title, the program's third in four years. For that, she is the Prep2Prep CCS Player of the Year.

“I think this was an awesome season and I’m so grateful for my teammates,” said Sola. “When I went to practice and it didn’t feel like work because I was having so much fun. I think that’s what was so big is that we each loved what we did.”

Sola finished with a team-high 16 assists and finished second on the team in goals with 13 for the Monarchs, who reeled off a 22-match unbeaten streak.

Sola said she was just a product having so many great teammates and coaches that helped guide her this year.

“I was surrounded by amazing coaches, amazing teammates and I think we were unstoppable,” said Sola. “I felt we had a really strong team and if you look at a spreadsheet you will notice how many different girls scored a goal.”

This year Mitty had four different players reach double figures in goals with Amy Apostol (15), Ashley Kirchick (12) and Sophia Mendoza (11) joining Sola. In all, a total of 20 different players scored at least one goal this season.

Sola saved two of her biggest goals for the biggest stage, as the senior scored the tying and go-ahead goals in Mitty’s 5-2 win over Leigh in the D-II title game.

“She was the first among equals,” said Mitty coach JT Hanley. “It was great to see Kristina mature this year she was showing everyone including herself this season that she had an uncanny ability to recognize moments and then not back away from then.”

Mitty rarely played from behind this year and when it did there was never any panic.

At Mitty, there’s always a lot of pressure to perform and win titles and that’s something Sola and her teammates bought into from the beginning.

“At Mitty there’s no such as thing as having that underdog mentality,” said Sola. “I feel like our motto at Mitty is that no matter the score we are never going to give up. It doesn’t matter what the score is we are going to keep playing and doing our thing.”

During the season, Sola said that the team never got complacent over who they were playing because they knew that every time they played they were going to the other team's very best effort.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, we’re going to play that team hard,” she said. “We never underestimated a team this year and that’s what helped us be such a successful team this season.”

Sola will continue her career at UC Davis, where she will join up with a former teammate and a person she’s quite familiar with in older sister Ana Marija Sola, who will be a senior next year for the Mustangs.

The Solas were teammates during Kristina’s freshman year at Mitty, a seasno which culminated in a CCS D-II title. Now Kristina is excited to win as many games as possible at Davis this fall.

“In the end it’s where I wanted to be,” said Kristina about attending UC Davis and being teammates again with her older sister. “It’s going to be awesome. She pushes me more than anyone else I know, but it comes from a place of love. She makes me run harder and pushes me to be my best.”

Coach of the Year

Mitty coach JT Hanley led a team full of stars to the CCS Division II championship. (Wendy Calia/Special to Prep2Prep)


Without a shadow of a doubt, Mitty coach JT Hanley had the most talented girls soccer team in the entire Central Coast Section this year.

The way Hanley was able to get a team full of stars — mostly of the superstar variety — to buy into the team-first system was remarkable.

After leading the Monarchs to their third CCS Division II title in four years and fifth straight West Catholic Athletic League title, Hanley has earned the honors as Prep2Prep CCS Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.

“Chemistry and leadership. Everybody saw it the same way,” said Hanley of this year’s team. “We had a great group of captains and this senior class was amazing and ego free.”

Extremely talented as well.

This year, Hanley’s seniors accounted for 49 of the teams 76 goals including double-digit scoring from three of those seniors in Amy Apostol (15), Kristina Sola (13) and Ashley Kirchick (12).

All three of those seniors have been a part of the three CCS D-II championship teams during their four years at Mitty.

“They took in the underclassmen and didn’t treat them any different then they did their own classmates,” said Hanley. “It was almost like nothing I have ever seen as a high school coach. They really loved each other.”

After tying Castro Valley in their first match of the season and falling 1-0 to College Park, the Monarchs responded by winning 20 of their next 22 matches without suffering another defeat.

One of Hanley’s best jobs wasn’t just the amount of wins or titles his team was able to capture, but the way he managed an ego-free team on a superiorly talented squad that featured 11 seniors.

Hanley was also the envy of nearly every team in the section as not only did he have the pleasure of having a Division I-caliber goalkeeper - he had three.

Senior keeper Brooke Lisowski is headed to Cal next year, junior Maya Hoyer has committed to Rice. Jessica Lima, a Newark Memorial transfer, has not decided but is considered a D-I keeper as well.

“My coaches and I told them that this is going to prep you for the next level,” said Hanley. “That wherever you go play, there’s going to be competition for your spot and they all bought in.”

The threesome combined to allow only 10 goals.

Hanley had a feeling the first day of practice that this team could be special and with a Tri-Valley Classic, a fifth straight WCAL and third CCS D-II title in four years it’s safe to say this team was special.

The way the veteran coach of nearly 30 years - including 20 at the prep level and eight now with Mitty - was able to assemble his team and come together as one is something he’ll remember for a long time.

“I couldn't have ever dreamt the way things went this year - it really was a real special season,” said Hanley. “I put that down to the girls and the way the came together.”

Senior of the Year

Apostol was the leading goal scorer for a Mitty squad that captured its fifth straight WCAL and third CCS D-II title in the last four years. Apostol scored 15 goals this season and was on varsity all four years at Mitty. “Ego-free. She doesn’t have an arrogant bone in her body, she’s just a delightful young woman who just happens to be a heck of a soccer player,” said Mitty coach JT Hanley.

Junior of the Year

Pederson, who spent most of her time as a defender this year led the Vikings in both goals and assists this year en route to a trip to the CCS D-I title game. Pederson scored 26 goals and added seven assists for Palo Alto who fell to SCVAL-De Anza Division rival Mountain View 3-2 in the D-I title game. Fun fact: Jacey's brother, Joc, is the starting centerfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sophomore of the Year

Harris was the perfect complement to teammates in junior Ysa Baluyot and senior Morgan Matthews as the Spartans captured the CCS D-I and SCVAL-De Anza Division titles. Harris scored 12 goals and added six assists, good for third on the team behind Baluyot and Matthews.

Freshman of the Year

Shenk was among top scorers in the entire CCS this year for Sacred Heart Prep, which captured the CCS D-III title with an emphatic 6-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the championship game. Shenk scored 31 goals and added nine assists this year.


Ashley Kirchick, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Kirchick was an all-WCAL first-team selection this year while scoring 12 goals and adding four assists for the top-ranked team in CCS.

Sophia Mendoza, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Forward
Year: Freshman

On a team stacked with senior talent, it was Mendoza who took both Mitty and the WCAL by storm. Although short in stature — 5-foot-2 — Mendoza is huge on talent, scoring 11 goals and 10 assists this year, including goals in the CCS semifinal and title games.

Jillienne Aguilera, Woodside
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Aguilera was the straw that stirred Woodside’s drink this year. The junior was the Player of the Year PAL-Bay Division this year scoring a team-high 28 goals — 22 more than the Wildcats' second-leading scorer — and was second on the team in assists with 10.

Tegan McGrady, Santa Teresa
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

McGrady was the MVP of the Blossom Athletic League’s Mount Hamilton Division. The Stanford-bound senior led Santa Teresa with 18 goals and added five assists this year.

Georgia Kingman, St. Francis
Position: Midfielder
Year: Junior

Kingman was an all-WCAL selection this year for a Lancers team that finished second in the WCAL. Kingman was the offensive anchor for St. Francis this year leading the team in goals scored (15) and assists (10).

Emily Smith, Leigh
Position: Midfielder
Year: Sophomore

Smith was named BVAL Sophomore of the Year for a talented Leigh squad that had an impressive run all the way to the CCS D-II title game before falling to champion Mitty 5-2. Smith led the Longhorns in assists (13) and tied for the team-high in goals (13).

Kelsey Kusaba, Aptos
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

Kusaba was named the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Player of the Year for a Mariners team that pitched 17 shutouts this year as well as captured its second straight SCCAL title.

Gabbie Sanfilippo, Presentation
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

Sanfilippo was named first-team all-WCAL this year for a Presentation squad that finished tied for third in the ultra tough WCAL. Sanfilippo, who is listed as a defender, led the Panthers in assists (8) and tied for the team lead in goals (6).

Erin McCoy, Leigh
Position: Defender
Year: Junior

McCoy was named BVAL-Mt. Hamilton Junior of the Year for a Longhorns team that made it to the CCS D-II title game. McCoy, who was listed as a defender, finished tied for second on the team in goals (8) and added two assists.

Ana Calero, Aptos
Position: Goalkeeper
Year: Junior

Calero was the great wall behind a very talented Mariners team that reached the CCS D-II semifinals before falling to eventual champion Mitty. Calero recorded 17 shutouts this year, but her best effort may have been in the CCS semifinals, when she had 19 saves in the Mariners' 2-1 loss to Mitty.


Morgan Matthews, Mountain View
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Matthews was named first-team all-SCVAL-De Anza Division this year. Matthews led the lead the Spartans in goals (16) and was second on the team in assists (11).

Stephanie Magellan, Cupertino
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Magellan was the Player of the Year in the SCVAL-El Camino Division. Magellan led the Pioneers in both goals and assists this year. The senior finished with a CCS-high 33 goals and added 12 assists this year.

Brittany Cartee, Scotts Valley
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Cartee was the SCCAL Forward of the Year. The junior led the youth-laden Falcons with 14 goals and three assists this year.

Olivia Athens, Sacred Heart Prep
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore

Athens was named the West Bay Athletic League’s Forward of the Year. The sophomore scored 20 goals and added 16 assists for the Gators, who captured the CCS D-III title this season.

Stephanie Buecheler, Aptos
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Buecheler was named the SCCAL Player of the Year for a Mariners team that went 11-0-1 in the SCCAL.

Jessica Parque, Notre Dame-Belmont
Position: Midfielder
Year: Senior

Parque was selected first-team all-WCAL this year for the Tigers. Parque led Notre Dame-Belmont in goals with 20 — 16 more than the Tigers’ second leading scorer — and added five assists this year.

Delaney Baie Pridham, St. Francis
Position: Midfielder
Year: Junior

Pridham was a first-team all-WCAL selection for the Lancers who finished in second place behind champion Mitty. Pridham led the Lancers in assists with 11 and added six goals this season.

Allison Lu, Palo Alto
Position: Defender
Year: Junior

Lu was the Swiss army knife for the Vikings this year, playing defender, midfielder and forward. Lu finished tied for second on Paly in goals (8) and added two assists.

Cynthia Camacho, Salinas
Position: Defender
Year: Senior

Camacho was named the Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division Player of the Year for the second straight year. Camacho finished third on the Cowboys in goals with four and helped lead Salinas to its first league title in over 20 years.

Courtney Ogren, St. Francis
Position: Goalkeeper
Year: Junior

Ogren was named first-team all-WCAL for a St. Francis squad that finished in second place and made it to the CCS D-II semis before falling to Leigh, 2-0.


ALISAL: Priscilla Ruiz, Brenda Zamudio, Oralia Perez, Brenda Garcia, Brittany Perez
ALVAREZ: Priscilla Covarrubias
ANDREW HILL: Rozanne Aguilar, Susanne Aguilar, Margarita Huerta, Aliyah Medina
APTOS: Anna Burk, Payton Evers, Paxton Scott, Monserrat Hernandez
ARAGON: Sonia Chan
ARCHBISHOP MITTY: Amaya Zabalza, Brooke Lisowski, Kaila Silveira, Aleresse Gonzalez
BRANHAM: Brittney Vela, Stephanie Pauritsch, Leilani Camara, Shelby Shikashio, Kylie Nall
BURLINGAME: Nina Chikanov, Katie Kissner
CAPUCHINO: Haley Bugler, Brianna Ledesma, Ashika Varma, Jennifer Ortega
CARLMONT: Lauren Racioppe, Kayla Fong, Veronica Pontis
CARMEL: Juliana House
CASTILLEJA: Julia Lodoen, Amanda McMaster, Sarah Abramowitz, Leena Ambady, Sam Jensen, Victoria Pu
CRYSTAL SPRINGS: Nikki Lee, Megan Duncanson, EV Nora, Hannah Williams
CUPERTINO: Courtney Chan, Jordan Amick, Serena Kutney, Hannah Goes
DEL MAR: Katherine Schauer, Antonia Chijate
EVERGREEN VALLEY: Juliana De Tar, Yliana Chavez
FREMONT: Sophia Noe, Leilani Loo, Elizabeth Luotto
GILROY: Agust Gomez, Alexi Slattery
GREENFIELD: Alicia Montañez, Maritza Trujillo
GUNDERSON: Ana Cano-Garcia
GUNN: Natalie Hill, Natalie Perreault, Annie Vesey
HALF MOON BAY: Tatiana Quintanilla
HARBOR: Mollie Brown, Xenia Marquez, Mireya Villarreal
HARKER: Joelle Anderson
HILLSDALE: Tayla Kelley
HOMESTEAD: Megan Lloyd, Sophia Stavoli
JEFFERSON: Selena Bellamy
KIPP COLLEGIATE: Anita Lara, Biaknka Olazabe, Anita Lara, Perla Martinez
LEIGH: Aleksandra Vojvodic, Erica Nakano
LELAND: Taryn Silverglate, Kelsey Chode
LINCOLN: Jenny Garcia, Monica Delgado, Jackie Carillo
LOS GATOS: McKenna Cutting, Elizabeth Webber
LYNBROOK: Kirsten Chai, Claire Yuan
MENLO: Tilney-Volk, Jamie Corley, Leah Swig, Alexandra Walker
MENLO-ATHERTON: Sarah McLeod, Annie Harrier
MILLS: Ty Harames, Maria Cazares
MILPITAS: Sarina Bolden, Kristen Buchanan, Mithalee Thakkar, Cataline Hernandez-Marquez, Kelsie Aviles, Dinah Valencia
MONTA VISTA: Monica Polgar, Janaye Sakkas
MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN: Lauren Winkler, Elissa Cooper, Simran Singh, Nicole Sotero, Ell Tinsley
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Rachel Ng, Natalie Brehaut, Nicole Bumgarner
MT. PLEASANT: Estrella Moran, Zemayla Armeola
NORTH SALINAS: Ell Tinsley, Elizabeth Alcala, Giselle Ruelas, Dennise Torres-Alfaro
OAK GROVE: Kelley Opilla, Karina Gallardo
OCEANA: Alicia Soto, Kierra Kessler
OVERFELT: Chantalle Sapien
PACIFIC GROVE: Ashley Aguilera
PAJARO VALLEY: Irma Estanquero, Monique Paniagua
PALO ALTO: Emily Tomz, Katie Foug, Nika Woodfill, Lena Chang
PIEDMONT HILLS: Taylor Dutra, Cynthia Reyes
PIONEER: Naomi Girma, Korina Miller, Regan McCall
PRESENTATION: Daniela Lownsbery, Mackenzie Tong
PROSPECT: Sarah Sawatzky, Jamie Ikeda, Ashley Shen
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL: Nina Wood, Sean O’Brien, Jo Van Hasselt
SACRED HEART PREP: Tierna Davidson, McKenna Angotti, Mamie Caruso, Brigid White
SALINAS: Melissa Chin, Sandra Pelagio, Sophia Tellez, Valeria Tellez, Ashley Tibbs
SAN BENITO: Suzette Vandenberg, Chace Miguel
SAN MATEO: Jennifer Nunez
SANTA CLARA: Shalean Murison, Catherine Terry, Haley Levene
SANTA CRUZ: Rachel Anderson, Laurel Hanlock, Grace Schiebel
SANTA TERESA: McKinly Yeager, Noelle Lara, McKinley Yeager, Chelsea Herrera
SARATOGA: Isa Berardo, Amy Shepherd, Anisha Nagarajan, Chloe McGhee
SCOTTS VALLEY: Audrey Liebenberg, Taylor Raymond
SEASIDE: Yvette Rojas
SEQUOIA: Sarah Huber, Jenna Pucel
SILVER CREEK: Danielle Noriega, Jasmine Lopez, Niru Cemballi, Michaela Flores
SOBRATO: Leslie Cisneros, Tamlin Uereyken, Leslie Cisneros, Kayla Rebozzi
SOLEDAD: Belinda Ascencio
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO: Olajua Pedemonte/a>
ST. FRANCIS: Julia McGivern, Madilyn Vukcevich, Sofia Jones
ST. IGNATIUS: Elizabeth Wagner
SUMMIT PREP: Kaviya Golla, Lilie Mourier, Lilana Gomez, Andrea Escalante
TERRA NOVA: Kylie Metkiff, Sara Acquisti, Mikaelyla Miller, Lauren Arnest
THOMAS MORE: Clare Tuttle, Stephanie Cazares
THE KING'S ACADEMY: Hannah Arledge, Allie Silkwood
VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Nicole Carson, Brooke Zenner, Hannah Pereira
WATSONVILLE: Gabby Felix, Nadyne Vargas
WESTMONT: Morgan Arancio
WESTMOOR: Alyssa Payton
WILCOX: Darcie Massey
WOODSIDE: Madison Holland, Alexandra Augulis, Brianna Hart
WOODSIDE PRIORY: Alicia Talancon
YERBA BUENA: Angie Torres