By Official Florida FC

Fleming Island central defender Maya Dawson (16) and Creekside attacker Avery Robinson (22) try to win the ball on the edge of the penalty area during a 2021 FHSAA Region 1-6A semifinal. Fleming Island won 3-2. (Photo by Will Brown)

Brenna Robinson is Florida’s Miss Soccer.

The St. Johns Creekside central defender helped the Knights win their first FHSAA state championship.

She is a four-year starter for a Knights defense that relied on absorbing pressure and pouncing with pace to score goals in bunches. Robinson has signed with the University of North Florida.

Creekside conceded 18 times in 23 matches. Ten of those goals were to neighborhood rival St. Johns Bartram Trail. However, when Robinson was needed most, her presence in Zone 14 meant the two-time state champions were thwarted in the Region 1-7A semifinals.

Robinson finished the 2021-22 season with one goal and 12 assists. She is the second straight defender to win Miss Soccer, after Cardinal Gibbons’ Maddie Young won in 2021.

St. Johns Country Day attacker Julia Boaventura unleashhes a shot during the second half of a Nov. 19, 2020 match against St. Johns Bartram Trail. St. Johns Country Day won the matchup of reigning state champions 2-1 to win its 25th straight match. (Photo by Will Brown, Official Florida FC)

St. Johns Country Day forward Julia Boaventura finished second in the voting. North Fort Myers captain Michelle Horan was third. Lakeland Christian goalie Breanna Newberg finished fourth after leading the Vikings to a second straight Class 3A state championship. Neptune Beach Fletcher junior Sarah Christiansen finished fifth, after scoring 24 goals for the Class 6A state champions. Delray Beach American Heritage midfielder Avery Thompson finished sixth in the voting.

Orlando Bishop Moore head coach Amy Geltz and Creekside head coach Joe Soto shared the Coach of the Year award. Geltz led the Hornets to an 18-3-2 record and the Class 4A state championship. Geltz’s first state championship in her nine-year tenure was Bishop Moore’s sixth. She is 139-47-22 at the Orlando powerhouse.

Soto, 42, lifted Creekside to the crown in his first season. Having spent years coaching many of the Creekside players at the club level, he took over the Knights after serving as Bartram’s assistant coach for five seasons.

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