Winning a league championship is a feat that every high school sports team sets out to do at the start of the season. It is one thing to say it, but it is another thing to put all the hard work together and do it. Winning back-to-back league titles, well that says something about your program, the commitment from the players, coaches, families and the pure dedication to the task at hand. The three-peat dynasty…well that is something that only a handful of coaches can say they have ever done with their program, and Jennifer Guinn, head girls’ soccer coach at Temecula Valley, is one of those few.
Led by 4-year senior captain Emma Thrapp and Sophomore Kate Jacobsen, Guinn and her Lady Golden Bears showed relentless focus on one goal this season and that was to in fact, be three-peat champions. Thrapp returned to the bears in her final debut as a starting center back.
“Emma has accomplished many titles over her tenure with Temecula Valley,” Guinn said. “In her freshman year she started and played a huge role in our division 2 Semi Final appearance. This lit her fire and she was a huge contributor to the bears in their history making 2018 season with a League, CIFSS and State Championship.”
The titles landed Thrapp with a First Team All-Southwestern League nod, and All-CIF honors as a sophomore, the same season that she committed to play at Pt. Loma University. Thrapp started her Junior year as a captain and helped lead the team to back-to-back championship wins, and for the first time in program history, a Division 1 CIF Southern Section appearance, as well as another First Team All-Southwestern Leaguer honor.
“It was no surprise that she was able to lead us to a three-peat championship, especially as a senior second year captain,” Guinn said. “This was in this final season that she was able to capture the prestigious Defensive MVP of the Southwestern League. Emma has set the bar in many aspects with her time at Temecula Valley High School.”
As a defender leading in the back, Thrapp scored 10 goals and had 32 assists in her four years at TV.
“The legacy has been set from many players that have graduated from the Golden Bears girls’ soccer program and Kate Jacobsen is yet another young legend that will come out of Temecula Valley’s deep-rooted program. Jacobsen scored 17 goals this season and had 19 assists.
She earned her second-year spot on the All Southwestern League First Team and in the 2020 season she shared the title of Southwestern league Offensive MVP with another player from the valley, who will be announced next week. Both players tied with 7 goals each and Jacobsen led the league with 9 assists. Also, adding to the First Team All-Southwestern League selections from Temecula Valley is senior captain Aubree Gessel, who is committed to Jamestown University; junior returner Morgan Witz (Cal Baptist University); and uncommitted sophomore standouts Peyton Bundy (returner) and Natalie Mitchell.
Earning the honors of Second Team All-Southwestern League is committed senior goalkeeper, Hazel Underwood and senior Evelyn Hoppe, who will be attending Jamestown University; uncommitted junior, Serena Pulopot; and sophomore Savannah Williams.
“This young and talented class will rise to compete in the future,” Guinn said, adding she is excited to see what this team will bring to the table in the future for this program.
“I love the way this young group came together and understood the importance of legacy within this program and I am looking forward to seeing their growth from this past season and watching them grow over the next few years,” Guinn said.
JP Raineri can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.