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Breeana Koemans was constantly brilliant for Tologs soccer squad

Tologs' Koemans could be counted on in every way and situation during stellar career and standout senior season.

May 07, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

Amid all the Mission League magnificence, playoff pitfalls and postseason pinnacles that have summed up the last four seasons of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer history, Breeana Koemans was there.

Through all the tribulation and triumph, injury and absence, brilliance and bitterness that made up the 2012 Tologs season, No. 10 was there.

She was a complete package on the field, possessing ability in both feet to score from near and far, a pinpoint passer, a vocal leader, a physical presence and a statistical splendor. But perhaps what stuck out most was the simple fact that she was always there. Whether it was a nonleague match, against a league rival, in a CIF Southern Section Division I playoff game or a CIF Southern California Regional contest, she was there.

And during her senior season, when the Tologs were synonymous with injuries and missing standouts, she was a constant. She was constantly clutch, she was constantly at her best against the best and she was constantly the very best in the area. Thus, Breeana Koemans was unanimously voted the 2012 All-Area Girls' Soccer Player of the Year by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

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"Breeana had arguably the greatest four-year high school career of any local high school player — male or female," Tologs Coach Frank Pace says. "She has won or shared in virtually every individual award and team championship there is in leading us to national prominence."

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Among a cast brimming with talent that would carry it to the greatest season in the history of area girls' soccer — bar none — Koemans still managed to stand out.

"You never know when your last game is," Koemans says, "and I have so much respect for the game that I go out there to play like it could be my last game."

The Northeastern-bound Koemans was an integral part in the team's claiming the area's first and only CIF Southern California Division III Regional girls' championship, playing and scoring in every game during the 2010 title run despite battling illness.

And while her junior season began on a sour note with an injured ankle, Koemans pushed herself to come back — likely sooner than she should have — and proved to be a key component in the area's only CIF Southern Section Division I girls' soccer championship and the aforementioned greatest season.

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