Flintridge Prep girls' soccer duo takes in All-CIF honors

Over the course of nearly four months, the Flintridge Prep girls' soccer team generated plenty of success.

The Rebels won the Prep League championship outright before advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals for the first time since 2002. For good measure, Flintridge Prep reached the semifinals of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional playoffs.

Paving the way for the young Rebels in their breakthrough season were sophomore forward Helen Schaefer and junior midfielder Julia Gonzalez. Schaefer and Gonzalez proved to be an electrifying duo, as each scored 31 goals.

Schaefer and Gonzalez picked up some postseason hardware after receiving All-CIF Division III first-team nods Monday.

"No question they are a huge part of the team," said Flintridge Prep Coach Esteban Chavez, whose team finished 23-5-3, 8-1-1 in league. "It's great because it's the second year in a row they got All-CIF and they continue to improve.

"They are very humble and they appreciate the environment of high school soccer."

Schaefer added 30 assists for 92 points and Gonzalez contributed 22 assists for 84 points for Flintridge Prep, which qualified for the state tournament for the first time in program history.

"Helen really developed by becoming a bit more tactical in terms of understanding the game," Chavez said. "She's got great vision around the field.

"Julia became more of a complete player by way of providing a bunch of assists and scoring a lot of goals."

Flintridge Prep fell to champion South Torrance in both the Southern Section playoffs and state tournament.

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Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

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