USA TODAY High School Sports Awards: Los Angeles girls soccer nominees

USA TODAY High School Sports Awards: Los Angeles girls soccer nominees

The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards are slated to celebrate the top student-athletes in the Los Angeles area.

On June 18, 2020, at 6 p.m., USA TODAY will fete high school standouts with a star-studded online show available free of charge to all viewers. The show will also be available on demand after the initial live event.

Here are the 12 nominees for Los Angeles Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Colby Barnett, Los Alamitos (Photo: Andrew Ficke/@ficksterphotography)

Colby Barnett

School: Los Alamitos

Class: 2021

Position: Forward

College: Santa Clara

Noteworthy: Barnett was well balanced – 15 goals, 14 assists – in helping the Lady Griffins to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinal.

Samantha Baytosh, Mater Dei (Photo: Mater Dei Girls Soccer)

Samantha Baytosh

School: Mater Dei

Class: 2022

Position: Forward

College: Undecided

Noteworthy: One week she netted the lone goal of the game to beat JSerra, she followed up with a goal off an over-the-head cross.

Megan Chelf, Corona del Mar (Photo: Richard Koehler)

Megan Chelf

School: Corona Del Mar

Class: 2020

Position: Striker

College: Arizona

Noteworthy: Known to perform a cartwheel after scoring a goal, the Sea King’s aggressive approach and efficient movements drove the offense.

Aaliyah Farmer, Villa Park (Photo: Kelly Ketner)

Aaliyah Farmer

School: Villa Park

Position: Midfielder

Class: 2021

College: Undecided

Noteworthy: Farmer scored five goals and assisted on three more at the Bay Soccer Classic.

Maribel Flores, Troy (Photo: Max Levine)

Maribel Flores

School: Troy

Class: 2023

Position: Forward

College: Undecided

Noteworthy: The freshman forward found the fast lane in the Freeway League, scoring five first-half goals against Fullerton in January. She also contributed two assists that day.

Rilee Harmon, Santiago (Photo: Laura Shepard Photography)

Rilee Harmon

School: Santiago

Position: Midfielder

Class: 2020

College: California

Noteworthy: Harmon provided the punctuation mark in the 2-0 win over JSerra in the CIF Division 1 finals.

Kelly McManus, Mater Dei (Photo: Mater Dei Girls Soccer)

Kelly McManus

School: Mater Dei

Position: Goalkeeper

Class: 2020

College: UCLA

Noteworthy: The UCLA-bound goalie made six saves and several sliding tackles for loose balls in a 1-0 victory against JSerra.

Ashley Naylor, Mira Costa (Photo: Courtesy of Mira Costa)

Ashley Naylor

School: Mira Costa

Class: 2020

Position: Goalkeeper

College: Notre Dame

Noteworthy: Postseason opponents ran into a stonewall when they faced Naylor, who recorded three shutouts on the road to the CIF-Southern Section title.

Jayden Newkirk, Los Alamitos (Photo: Andrew Ficke/@ficksterphotography)

Jayden Newkirk

School: Los Alamitos

Position: Defender

Class: 2020

College: Colorado

Noteworthy: She collected a hat trick of all headers in a 4-0 victory against Newport Harbor.

Grace Watkins, Mira Costa (Photo: Courtesy of Mira Costa)

Grace Watkins

School: Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach)

Position: Forward

Class: 2020

College: Duke

Noteworthy: Watkins put home the winning goal in the Mustangs’ 5-1 win over Oak Hills to claim Mira Costa’s first CIF-Southern Section championship.

Marin Whieldon, Upland (Photo: Paul Robertson)

Marin Whieldon

School: Upland High

Position: Midfielder

Class: 2020

College: Washington State

Noteworthy: Whether it was her hat trick in the second round of the Division 1 playoffs or the two goals she notched in the championship match, Whieldon was a whirl for the Highlanders.

Samantha Williams, JSerra (Photo: David Williams)

Samantha Williams

School: JSerra

Position: Forward

Class: 2020

College: Stanford

Noteworthy: Williams had 17 goals and 12 assists, including four postseason goals, as she helped JSerra get to the regional championship.


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