first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDrenner, fronted by a talented backline (Hillary Anderson, Erika Sargent and Amanda Theilhart), led Highland to a 42-6-4 record and a 22-game leeague unbeaten streak the past two seasons. The Bulldogs (20-3-3) this year won their Div. II playoff opener for the second year in a row, the first time they have accomplished the feat. “I’m excited about what we have coming back on the field next year, but it’s not going to be easy to replace Kellie,” Highland coach Juan Paolo said. “She’s an amazing player.” Although Highland suffered a 2-0 second-round loss at Santa Barbara, Drenner left a lasting impression in the final home game of her career. In a 2-1 first-round victory over Canyon of Canyon Country, Drenner made six saves, including four point-blank stops inside 20 yards, as the Bulldogs completed a 9-0-0 home schedule. “She made three or four saves where I was just shaking my head, wishing we had her on our side,” Canyon coach Steve Ladanyi said. “If she was in net for us, I really think we could’ve been playing in the CIF finals.” – Erik Boal PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kellie Drenner, Sr., Highland, G DAILY NEWS ALL-ANTELOPE VALLEY Kia Barnett, Sr., Quartz Hill, D Megan Couch, Sr., Desert Christian, M Shannon Cox, Jr., Quartz Hill, M Patricia Garcia, Jr., Lancaster, M Stacy Guijarro, Fr., Antelope Valley, F Lynn Huma, Sr., Lancaster, D Samantha Johnson, Fr., Highland, M Lacey Lindaman, Sr., Quartz Hill, G Courtney Morrell, Jr., Highland, F Amanda Theilhart, Sr., Highland, D Farryn Townley, Sr., Highland, F 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Highland possessed one of the area’s most explosive offensive teams, but it was the Bulldogs’ last line of defense that was most instrumental in their success. Highland goalkeeper Kellie Drenner, previously overshadowed by Quartz Hill’s All-Southern Section netminder Alicia Lugo (who decided not to play her senior year), had the spotlight to herself this season, and she responded with a superb performance as the Bulldogs retained their Golden League title. Drenner made 91 saves, surrendered 12 goals – just three in league play – and recorded 15 shutouts, receiving league MVP and first-team All-Southern Section Div. II honors. The CSUN-bound Drenner is the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. “It’s something I dreamed of as a kid,” said Drenner, the starting goalkeeper in two postseason all-star games. “I always wanted to play soccer in college. (The whole season) seems like a dream come true.” last_img