All-Santa Clarita Valley: Girls’ soccer

first_imgOne Foothill League girls’ soccer coach referred to Sarina Coutin as a “money player.” Another said of Hart’s sophomore forward: “If you’re a defender and you blink, it probably means your goalkeeper is taking the ball out of the back of the net.” And another mentioned her in the same breath as University of Texas quarterback Vince Young, electing to have three defenders shadowing Coutin through an entire game in an effort to neutralize the league’s most gifted scorer. Such compliments are accompanied by a multitude of kind words from Hart coach Louis Romero. Coutin backed up the praise this season, scoring a program-record 38 goals – 12 in league play – to lead the Indians to their first Foothill championship since 2000. Coutin scored in 22 of Hart’s 28 games, with multiple goals in 12 of them, to lead the Indians to a 22-5-1 record and a trip to the second round of the Div. II playoffs. With 58 goals and 32 assists at the halfway point of her career, Coutin is on pace to surpass former WUSA standout Erin Misaki’s career records of 74 goals and 66 assists, set in 1996-99. “After my freshman year, I never thought this would happen so fast,” said Coutin, who teamed with junior midfielder Brittany Clark (25 goals) to form the area’s highest-scoring tandem. “It means a lot me.” – Erik Boal PLAYER OF THE YEAR Sarina Coutin, Soph., Hart, F DAILY NEWS ALL-SANTA CLARITA VALLEY Melanie Callewaert, Sr., Saugus, D Brittany Clark, Jr., Hart, M Brooke Gauvin, Jr., Valencia, G Sierra Goff, Jr., Canyon, M Betsy Kyle, Sr., Saugus, M Kelley Mason, Sr., Hart, D Michelle Mason, Jr., Hart, D Michelle Moore, Jr., Canyon, F Dani Morin, Sr., Saugus, F Chelsea Seidenglanz, Jr., Canyon, M Alexia Zatarain, Sr., Canyon, M160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventShe was the league MVP, a third-team All-Southern Section Div. II selection – and is the Daily News’ Santa Clarita Valley Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. “I think there were a lot of people who doubted us at the beginning of the season, but Louis really did a great job of motivating us,” said Coutin, who became the first Hart player since Ali Pavoni in 2001 to be selected league MVP. “It was a lot of fun to receive the notoriety, because we all worked really hard.” Following a freshman season in which she led the league with 20 goals and 16 assists, Coutin’s encore performance ranked among the tops in Southern California. She broke Laura Qualls’ 1997 program record of 31 goals in a season – passing her with seven games to play – and became only the second sophomore since 1993 to receive league MVP honors, joining Valencia’s Shari Summers, who shared the award with Pavoni in 2001. “Anytime we needed that big goal, Sarina was involved,” Romero said. “We had a lot of talented offensive players, but whatever it took to win the game, she did it.” last_img