Prep Soccer Primer: Local players to watch in girls soccer


Rachel Smith - Dos Pueblos Soccer

Dos Pueblos’ Rachel Smith is a returning All-CIF First Team selection.

Rachel Smith is one of those special players that can change a soccer game.

Whether it?s beating a player one on one, dishing off to a teammate for a better shot, heading in a cross or poking a ball past the goalkeeper in a goalmouth scrum, the Dos Pueblos senior forward gets it done.

USC took notice and offered her a scholarship.

?She is a leader and example of the team,? DP coach Pato Guerrero said. ?On the technical aspects of the game, she is really good with the ball and reads the game great. She is very good in the 1v1, and also can change the outcome of the game. She is one of those players that any coach would want to have on his team.?

Guerrero has very talented and experienced squad at DP.

Seniors Maria Solis and Rosalba Barbosa were part of the Mexican Under-17 National Team player pool for the last U-17 World Cup. Barbosa is a forward and Solis is a midfielder. Another senior, Jamie Benedetto, is a versatile player Guerrero can use anywhere on the field.


Santa Barbara has a couple players who can change a game: ?speedy senior winger Katie Joseff and junior central midfielder/forward and Jackie Lopez. Both are team captains.

San Marcos has an athletic group, led by midfielder Caroline Vance and forward Emily Allen, who also is a standout on the volleyball team. She scored five goals in a recent scrimmage.?The Royals also have an outstanding shot stopper in goalkeeper Hannah Harrah.

Carpinteria has talented and athletic group of underclassmen. Junior Erin Durflinger is solid at the central defensive position and sophomore central midfielder Kelsie Bryant can score goals and dish off assists like she serves aces on the CIF championship tennis team.