CABRIALES EARNING HER OWN STAR PRESSURE DOESN'T BOTHER QUARTZ HILL'S BEST SCORING THREAT.Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer
VALENCIA - At times, the pressure on Shauna Cabriales has been overwhelming.
Last season, after making the Quartz Hill girls' soccer team as a freshman, she felt she had to prove she belonged on the team, that she didn't just make the cut because older sister Andrea was one of the team's star players.
This year, Cabriales is under even more pressure. She's replaced Kellie Cox - one of the better athletes in the school's history - as the team's primary scoring threat.
Cabriales has learned to cope. She no longer thinks about playing up to Cox and quietly has emerged as a star in her own right. She leads the Rebels with 13 goals and has four assists. Her emergence helped Quartz Hill (14-5-1) win its fifth consecutive Golden League title.
The Rebels are hoping Cabriales can be equally productive in the postseason. Quartz Hill plays host to Los Alamitos Los Alamitos (lôs ăləmē`təs, lŏs), city (1990 pop. 11,676), Orange co., NE of Long Beach, S Calif., in a suburban area; inc. 1960. Los Alamitos Racetrack and U.S. military installations are nearby. in an opening-round Southern Section Division I playoff game Noun 1. playoff game - one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
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Cabriales has grown more comfortable in her position as the go-to player. However, replacing Cox was the source of anxiety.
``I was thinking about it even before tryouts,'' Cabriales said. ``Kellie was a really good player and I was like: `I have to be another her'. It was kind of scary scar·y
adj. scar·i·er, scar·i·est
1. Causing fright or alarm.
2. Easily scared; very timid.
And the pressure she'd experienced trying to prove she belonged as the team's only freshman last year didn't compare to what she went through earlier this season.
``It was a lot of pressure on me,'' she said. ``It was kind of like everyone was putting the team on me, like I have to score all the goals like Kellie did.''
Cabriales said her experience as a freshman helped her handle the pressure. Her ability to deal with it all has impressed teammates.
``I think she's handled it really well,'' sophomore striker Michelle McGovern said. ``Being that Kellie Cox was really good last year (Cabriales) had to adjust. She's helped me out too. I was really nervous in beginning of the year, and she helped me adjust also.''
Quartz Hill coach Maury Cauchon has tried to take some of the pressure off Cabriales by employing a short passing game designed to get the ball to open players, kind of like soccer's equivalent to the triangle offense This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers.
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Cabriales has fit into the system nicely.
``She's not a selfish self·ish
1. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself: "Selfish men were . . . trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of human rights" Maria Weston Chapman. player,'' Cauchon said. ``If she doesn't have a shot she'll assist someone else.
Like Cox, Cabriales is a talented athlete. She played on the junior varsity junior varsity
n. Abbr. JV
A high-school or college team that competes in interschool sports on the level below varsity.
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Her speed, skill, athleticism, and unselfishness Unselfishness
See also Dedication.
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Bartholomea Capitanio and Vincentia Gerosa, Sts. also are reminiscent of Cox, though she's not as dominant as her predecessor. At least not yet.
``When she gets to her senior year I think she could be just as awesome as Kellie was,'' senior midfielder
In association football, a midfielder is a player whose position of play is midway between the attacking strikers and the defenders (highlighted in blue on the diagram). Laura Weiss said. ``She has a lot of heart and she has a lot of drive. She tries really hard.''
Cabriales has learned that she doesn't need to put any extra pressure on herself, and that her team doesn't need her to be another Cox.
``I couldn't really do that,'' Cabriales said. ``She was a really awesome player and I don't think she can be replaced. You can be like her, but you can't be exactly like her.''
(color) Shauna Cabriales of Quartz Hill High has emerged as a standout in her second season with the Rebels.
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