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Female Athlete of the Week-Kayla Johnson
by Greg Oshust
April 24, 2014 09:27 AM | 2716 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kayla Johnson played a key role in Centennial’s run to the Class AAAAAA state girls’ lacrosse quarterfinals last year.

The senior defender is even more important this year for a Centennial squad that lost seven senior starters from last year’s 17-1-1 elite eight squad and features seven freshmen on its 15-player roster.

In addition to her leadership position on the young Centennial team, she has also anchored a strong Knights defense that has allowed only seven goals a game and has helped soften blow of the loss of All-American goalkeeper Lucy Barton – who has missed most of the season for medical reasons.

“Last year, we graduated seven seniors and she was our only returning starting defender,” Centennial coach Angela Brunner said. “She brings a lot of leadership to the defense. She brings a lot of strength to the defense, because we play a special style of defense, so it takes a lot of learning and a lot of practice and she’s been a great mentor to the new young players.

“She’s such a key player on our team and such a big reason why we’ve been successful, especially in bigger games. She has kept us patient under pressure. With us not having our All-American goalie, having her back there has been huge and reassuring to the team.”

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