From a goal scorer to an offensive facilitator, Savannah Trujillo’s development at St. Teresa’s Academy has been impressive. And those watching insist there’s more to come.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
Only two years ago, Trujillo stepped onto the soccer field at St. Teresa’s and impressed coaches with her goal-scoring ability. They made her the starting center forward, and she responded with a 12-goal season.
But before this spring, coach Jeremy McElduff expected more. More goals. More assists. More creative plays.
Trujillo, who just completed her junior season, delivered.
In helping St. Teresa’s to the Missouri Class 3 state championship match, Trujillo scored 31 goals and assisted on 13 others. Trujillo, who committed early to Missouri, is The Star’s All-Metro Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
“We moved her to the midfield and told her that she was expected to create more, and she took that upon herself to do,” McElduff said. “She’s a smart player. She makes good decisions. She can obviously score as good as anyone around, but she can make passes other people don’t see.”
They certainly see the results. Trujillo was selected by the state’s coaches as the Missouri Class 3 player of the year. She recorded her offensive output in only 19 games.
Trujillo served as a dynamic playmaker for a team that spent much of the year ranked nationally. The Stars finished 18-3 and as state runners-up after losing 2-1 to Eureka in the state title match.
“I could tell from the beginning she was disappointed in how things ended last year and wanted to make this a more memorable season,” McElduff said. “I think you’re going to see her really motivated next year. She wants a state championship.”