ALL-CENTRAL COAST SECTION
Player of the Year
JILLIENNE AGUILERA, WOODSIDE
By JOHN MURPHY
The circuitous route Jillienne Aguilera took to arrive at Woodside High is unlikely, but the Wildcats are fine with it.
Aguilera last month completed an illustrious four-year varsity career at the San Mateo County school by scoring a school-record 39 goals to lead the Wildcats (18-1-2)
to the Central Coast Section Open Division title. She also had a mind-boggling 105 goals for her career.
Aguilera, thanks to her efforts, is the Prep2Prep Girls Soccer CCS Player of the Year.
“Jillienne, wow, in my tenure I’ve never had such a hard-working kid,” Woodside coach Jose Navarette said. “She’s naturally gifted, but also has the hard work and desire. She’s a
rare combination of athletic talent and desire and smarts – she’s the total package.”
Aguilera formerly lived in Sunnyvale, but moved to Redwood City when her mother Julie remarried. There she was playing for a club team, Juventus, which included numerous Woodside High or
future Woodside High players. Aguilera decided to enroll at the leafy, suburban Woodside High campus and her arrival was a boon for Wildcats’ soccer.
Possessing good speed, deft ball-handling and great footwork, Aguilera scored 15 goals as a freshman despite missing some games due to injury, 23 goals as a sophomore, 28 as a
junior and then completely busted loose as a senior by scoring nearly 40. Three times she scored four goals, five times three goals or more and 12 times two goals or more.
In 23 games, she had the game-winning goal.
Athletic ability runs in Aguilera family. Her dad Jorge Aguilera moved here from Puerto Rico as a teen. He later swam and played water polo at Pepperdine University. Her mom played
soccer in high school and her brother, 26, played baseball at Fremont-Sunnyvale High.
Even given Aguilera’s background and athletic gifts, she was surprised by her gaudy goal output this season.
“Compared to other years, it was a large jump,” she said. “I was surprised, but I do like scoring.”
There were only four games Aguilera did not score in this season, including Woodside’s 1-0 victory against Mountain View for the CCS Open title. The Wildcats scored early in that
one and then held on for the victory.
“It was crazy,” Aguilera said. “The whole game could have gone either way. I was happy we were able to pull of the win. There were times they had good opportunities to score, but
they weren’t able to, otherwise they could have come back. I was happy after what happened last year.”
Woodside lost in the quarterfinals to Leigh on penalty kicks last season.
Woodside’s surge to a section title was surprising considering it had to defeat powerhouses Santa Teresa, Archbishop Mitty and Mountain View in succession to win the title.
“We just took it one game at a time and didn’t focus on the whole thing,” Aguilera said. “The Open is the hardest division and we couldn’t slack off one bit. Santa Teresa had
tied us 1-1 during the regular season and we knew they were capable of beating us. Mitty we did good research on and knew how to cover their offense.”
As for Aguilera, she was virtually not coverable for most of her illustrious prep career, tying her record of 28 goals with three games left in the regular season and then
adding 11 more goals to close out the PAL season and the Open playoffs.
Next year it is on to the University of Arizona for the Woodside marvel who recently has moved with her family back to Sunnyvale – albeit too late to help any high schools
there with her uncanny ability to put a soccer ball in a net.
Coach of the Year
JOSE NAVARETTE, WOODSIDE
Jose Navarette led Woodside to the first-ever CCS Open Division championship.
By JOHN MURPHY
Jose Navarette never made a concerted effort to become the Woodside High girls soccer coach.
“I had a friend who was coaching the Woodside boys and he asked if I’d be interested in coaching the girls,” said Navarette, who just completed his 18th year as the coach of the
Wildcat girls. “It was an accident.”
A fortuitous accident, as it turns out. This season Navarette, 54, led the Wildcats to the Central Coast Section Open Division title. For his efforts, he is the Prep2Prep CCS Coach of the Year.
Woodside deserves just about every plaudit coming its way. It won the Peninsula Athletic League title, nosing out a strong Menlo-Atherton team for the title. Then to win the CCS Open title,
it merely had to beat Santa Teresa, Archbishop Mitty and Mountain View in succession, which it did.
“It was unreal competition,” said Navarette, a former Sequoia High player. “Sometimes you don’t beat all three of those teams in a decade, much less in a week. It was very exciting. I
told the girls ‘Somebody has to win the title, so why not us?’”
Navarette has been kicking around CCS soccer forever. As a sophomore at Sequoia, his team played Watsonville in the CCS finals and lost 5-3 at the now-defunct Blackford High of San Jose.
“Watsonville is still making CCS finals,” Navarette said.
Following a satisfying 2-0 win against Mitty in the semifinals this year, Woodside took on a strong Mountain View team. The Wildcats scored in the 16th minute and then had to hang
on for dear life to win it.
“The clock was moving very slowly,” Navarette said. “When the clock got down to two minutes, it seemed like it couldn’t move any slower. I never felt like we had it in the bag; it was
so tightly contested. It was very gratifying.”
Ironically, Navarette traces Woodside’s success to a 2-0 loss it suffered to Menlo-Atherton in the last game of the regular season.
“We did not play well,” he said. “We got embarrassed. But I think it was good because it refocused us.”
Think of it as a fortunate accident – the kind Navarette is all too familiar with.
Senior of the Year
COURTNEY OGREN, ST. FRANCIS
Ogren, St. Francis' goalkeeper, helped the Lancers to a second-place finish in league (8-2-2) and an overall record of 13-4-3 by recording nine shutouts while playing in one of the toughest
leagues in the CCS. She also served as the kicker for the St. Francis football team.
Junior of the Year
KATIE GUENIN, MENLO-ATHERTON
Guenin scored 21 goals for the Bears with five assists in leading Menlo-Atherton to a second-place finish in the PAL-Bay division behind Woodside. The Bears went on to win the CCS Division I championship.
FIRST TEAM ALL-CCS
Emily Smith, Leigh
An “amazing player” according to Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, Smith missed the latter part of the season playing for the US U17 Women's National Team, playing in the World Cup
qualifier in Grenada during the CCS playoffs. Smith led the Longhorns to a 14-4-3 overall record and a first-place finish in
the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton (10-1-3).
SECOND TEAM ALL-CCS
Jacey Pederson, Palo Alto
Injured part of the season and missed some action due to US National Team participation, but ability is undeniable as she scored 11 goals in 13 games with three assists to help
Paly to a second-place finish (10-1-1) in league and 16-2-1 overall record. Her brother Joc is a starting outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Giuliana Calia, Amaya Zabalza
Leilani Camara, Stephanie Pauritsch
Alysse La Mond
Alyssa Fagel, Kayla Fong, Jessica Sanders
CRYSTAL SPRINGS UPLANDS:
Megan Duncanson, Nikki Lee
HALF MOON BAY:
Cleome Kerseg, Sarah O’Keefe
Avery Cannella, Erin McCoy, Erica Nakano
Noel Simms, Kelsey Chope
Maria Cazares, Caitlin Ung
Ysa Baluyot, Natalie Brehaut, Natasha Harris
NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY:
Kassandra Le, Kasey Opilla
Joanne Norman, Ruby Mendez
Talia Malchin, Ansley Queen, Emily Tomz, Nika Woodfill
SACRED HEART PREP:
SAN LORENZO VALLEY:
Chelsea Herrera, Daniela Mendoza, Natalia Nava, Sabrina Nava, McKinley Yeager
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO:
Julissa Gonzalez, Estreya Gomez
ST. FRANCIS CCC:
Kylie Metkiff, Genevieve Rogers
Alexandra Augulis, Vanesha McReynolds