Savannah Trujillo was discovered early.
After she enjoyed a decorated youth career, a group of St. Teresa’s Academy players informed their coach, Jeremy McElduff, that an especially talented player would soon be the leader of his offense.
A year later, McElduff scouted Trujillo on the soccer field for the first time. She was a freshman playing for her club team.
“She was five-foot-nothing,” McElduff said. “But (she was) so fast. And nobody could push her around. Every time she got it, she was going to goal. I loved seeing a young player just turn and attack the goal with confidence.”
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Trujillo led St. Teresa’s Academy to the Missouri Class 3 state championship game last month for the second consecutive season. She scored 15 goals and added 17 assists while playing primarily in the midfield for the Stars, who fell in double overtime to St. Joseph’s Academy in the state final. It was their only loss of the season.
St. Teresa’s Academy was ranked No. 1 in the nation before the defeat.
For the second straight year, Trujillo is The Star’s All-Metro girls soccer player of the year.
“She’s got a really good first touch,” McElduff said. “She reads the game well, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Even when she doesn’t have the ball, she’s constantly moving into spots to receive the ball from someone else.”
Trujillo set the tone for the Stars, who were unbeaten against local teams. They won the MO-KAN Challenge in April and the Tournament of Champions in Iowa in May.
Dorian Bailey, St. Teresa’s Academy, junior. The Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year scored 16 goals and had seven assists. A top-10 recruit in her class, Bailey has committed to North Carolina.
Allie Hess, Kearney, senior. In helping the Bulldogs reach the Missouri Class 2 state final, Hess scored 30 goals. Her overtime goal against Heilas Catholic sent Kearney to the state title game. Hess is headed to Missouri.
Jamie Kutey, St. Thomas Aquinas, junior. Kutey scored 21 goals and had 14 assists for the Saints, who won the Kansas Class 5A state title. The Eastern Kansas League co-offensive player of the year was also selected as an NSCAA All-American.
Kara Priest, Blue Valley Northwest, senior. With 23 goals and a handful of hat tricks, Priest helped Blue Valley Northwest to the Kansas Class 6A state title. She also received Eastern Kansas League co-offensive player of the year honors.
Haley Hanson, Olathe East, senior. The 2013 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year had 17 goals and eight assists for the Hawks. She signed to play at Nebraska.
Parker Roberts, Blue Valley North, junior. The Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year scored 15 goals and had four assists for the Mustangs. She was also chosen EKL midfielder of the year and tabbed as a NSCAA All-American.
Savannah Trujillo, St. Teresa’s Academy, senior. The Missouri Class 3 co-player of the year was the offensive leader for the Stars. A Missouri commit, she scored 15 goals and added 17 assists.
Amanda Creason, Blue Valley Southwest, senior. The Eastern Kansas League co-defender of the year helped lead the Timberwolves to a runner-up finish in the Kansas Class 5A state tournament. She had three goals and four assists.
Cristina DeZeeuw, St. Teresa’s Academy, senior. The four-year starter concluded her senior season with three goals and four assists while anchoring the Stars’ back line. She will continue her career at Vanderbilt.
Callie Henshaw, Smithville, senior. A three-time all-state player, Henshaw scored 11 goals and had seven assists while also serving as the leader of the Warriors’ defense. She has signed with Creighton.
Ellen Loughman, St. Thomas Aquinas, senior. The Eastern Kansas League co-goalkeeper of the year recorded 13 shutouts with a 0.49 goals-against average. She is a two-time All-Metro first team selection and helped the Saints win the Class 5A state championship.