Backed by a pair of standout senior defenders, the La Cañada High boys' soccer team took on all challenges.
Sam Adida and Jack Meeker rose to the occasion to lead the Spartans' top-flight defense, which allowed just 34 goals and posted 10 shutouts in 26 matches. In addition, the tandem helped La Cañada capture the Rio Hondo League championship and make a lengthy postseason run.
For their accomplishments, Adida and Meeker were bestowed with All-CIF Southern Section Division VI recognition Monday.
Adida finished with six goals and Meeker contributed two goals and two assists for La Cañada (14-6-6, 7-0-3 in league). The Spartans won their first league crown since 2013.
In addition, La Cañada made it to the Southern Section semifinals and qualified for the CIF Division V Southern California Regional tournament for the second time in three seasons.
"Sam was one of our defining players on defense and he also had a good shot," La Cañada first-year Coach Bruno Costa said. "I liked the way he could take over a game by playing smart defense.
"Jack brought experience and was another key defender. He helped stabilize our defense by doing a good job marking the opponent."
La Cañada lost to champion Dunn in the Southern Section Division VI semifinals before falling to top-seeded Mendota in the first round of the CIF Southern California Regional tournament.
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