Downey's Janeth Acuna makes Dream Team

DOWNEY - Although the season has ended for the Downey High School girls' soccer team, the awards and recognition continue.The Lady Vikings soccer team finished their season with an overall record of 23-5-3 and a league record of 10-0. The Lady Vikings won the C.I.F. Division IV title after being moved from Division V last year. Downey defeated a Quartz Hill squad 3-1 in the Division IV final to hoist the championship plaque. Downey also defeated perennial power Long Beach Wilson (0-0, 4-3 PK's) in the quarterfinal round of the Southern California Regional before losing to eventual Southern California Regional champion El Camino Real 1-0 in the semifinals. Junior midfielder Janeth Acuna was selected to the first team "Dream Team" in addition to her being an All-C.I.F. Division II selection. Lady Viking head coach Rachel Godfrey was also selected as the "Dream Team" Coach of the Year in addition to her C.I.F. Division II Coach of the Year honor. Senior goalkeeper Adriana Salazar and senior midfielder Krista Velasco were recognized as second team "Dream Team" selections. Salazar was previously chosen as the C.I.F. Division IV MVP and Velasco was previously selected to the All-C.I.F. Division IV team. There were no other San Gabriel Valley League selections to the Press Telegram's "Dream Team." Coach Godfrey is extremely proud of Janeth Acuna, Adriana Salazar, Krista Velasco and her entire team for their mental toughness and how hard they worked throughout the season. Next year will certainly bring high expectations and with it, an even bigger bulls eye on their backs.

********** Published: April 25, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 02