JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Brenna Robinson never expected something like this.
The Creekside defender and All-News4JAX Women’s Soccer Player of the Year, never imagined her final season would turn out like a movie.
“With a fairy tale ending,” she said.
The Knights had 13 shutouts and allowed just 18 goals in their run to the program’s first state championship. At the heart of that defense was Robinson, a dominant physical presence, who controlled the tempo of a Creekside team and helped the Knights make history.
“It’s so surreal because it’s like stepping out of a movie like you never thought in a million years it would happen,” said Robinson, who had 12 assists and a goal. . “So it was so cool to come out as a senior like that.”
Robinson’s final season read like something out of a book.
Play with his younger sister, Avery: Done.
End a nearly five-year winless streak against their biggest rival: Check.
Play and Win a State Championship: Yes.
Sign a scholarship with a Division I (UNF) program: completed.
Get voted the state’s best player and win the Miss Soccer: Cherry on top award.
Even two months after Robinson and the Knights beat Cypress Bay 3-1 to win their first state championship, the way his final season went still seems a little hard to believe. Brenna was the defense architect who closed Cypress Bay. His younger sister, Avery, scored the first two goals of the state title game to pace the offense.
“Winning a state championship is just crazy. And especially since it’s my senior year, like it makes it even better. I’m done with high school football,” Robinson said. “And winning with my sister made it even better. Because that state championship game was the last we’ll play together for high school football. So obviously ending it with a fairy tale ending was so cool.
Creekside finally turned the corner this season in the most unlikely of ways – with a win over the nation’s top-ranked team who happened to be their biggest rival, Bartram Trail.
The Bears had beaten the Knights by a combined score of 8-0 in two previous meetings this season. Creekside hadn’t beaten the Bears since a playoff game in 2017, going 0-9-2 against Bartram in that span.
That was before the surprise of the year.
Creekside upset the Bears in the regional semifinals, 3-2, ending Bartram’s 32-game unbeaten streak. Robinson said many players from both teams are friends, so the rivalry is intense and the respect is mutual.
Beating the No. 1 ranked team in the nation was a significant achievement, but it only earned Creekside a spot in the next round. But there was no way the Knights would let this opportunity pass.
The win showed Creekside that he was ready to step out of his biggest rival’s shadow and thrive. The Knights then beat Lake Brantley, shut down Palm Harbor University, then smothered Cypress Bay to win it.
“So I think it was pretty easy for us to take that [momentum] in the following games and just know that there were still more games that we have to finish,” Robinson said. “We still had to do the work after this game. So I think the main thing was confidence, really.
ALL-NEWS4JAX GIRLS FIRST TEAM FOOTBALL
Position, player, school, class
F Julia BoaventuraSaint Johns Country Day, Sr.
Part of the Spartans’ 11th straight state championship team. Voted Class 2A Player of the Year and runner up in Miss Soccer voting. Recorded 19 goals, 13 assists. Signatory Miss South.
F Olivia BoriBartram Trail, Jr.
Appeared on more nomination forms by area coaches than any other player. Second Bears scorer (15 goals, 11 assists).
F Sarah ChristiansonFletcher, Jr.
Scored 24 goals and one assist for the Senators, who won Duval County’s first public school soccer championship. Voted Class 6A Player of the Year.
F Tamlyn ParkesPonte Vedra, Sr.
Twice All-News4JAX First Team selection. Team leader with 17 goals and 9 assists for the Sharks 16-4-2. Signed Coastal Carolina.
F Grace IveyBartram Trail, Jr.
Scored 13 goals, 11 assists for the 18-1 Bears, which reached the No. 1 ranking in the nation by MaxPreps. Texas A&M commit was All-News4JAX Player of the Year last year. Twice All-News4JAX First Team selection.
FM avery robinsonCreekside, then.
Top scorer for the Knights, state champions (13 goals, 6 assists). Scored two goals in the 7A state title game.
FM Maggie MacePonte Vedra, Sr.
Finished with 13 assists, 11 goals for the Sharks. Signed with Coastal Carolina.
FM Lauryn MateoSaint Johns Country Day, Jr.
Second Spartans scorer with 14 goals and 9 assists. Another big chunk of the most dominant program in state history.
FM Paige McSwiganCreekside, Sr.
Had 11 assists and a pair of goals for the Class 7A state champion Knights.
D Brenna RobinsonCreekside, Sr.
The All-News4JAX Player of the Year had a goal and 12 assists for the state champion Knights. Voted winner of Florida’s Miss Soccer award. Signed with UNF.
J/F Alexis PittBolles, Sr.
State Signer McNeese. Twice All-News4JAX First Team selection.
GC Taylor sweatshirtFletcher, Jr.
Made 86 saves for the Class 6A state champion Senators and was a wall in goal in the title game.
Pos., player, school, class
F Brialyn AndersonProvidence, Sr.
F Taliah BrooksMandarin, P.
F Courtney BrownStanton, then.
F Kaitlyn SchererFleming Island, Jr.
D Madi MaleFleming Island, Sr.
D Bowen PhillipsFletcher, Sr.
D Gabrielle RourkeAtlantic coast,
F/MF Jori FollenweiderBartram Trail, Sr.
FM Landry KellyChurch of Christ, So.
FM Morgan McDonaldBartram Trail, Sr.
FM Josey RossignolFletcher, Sr.
GC Abigail WhitcombWolfson, Sr.
Pos., player, school, class
F Elle AndersonProvidence, then.
D Anna BachmannBartram Trail, Jr.
D Olivia BesticPonte Vedra, Jr.
FM Annalise CanadaBoles, Jr.
FM Karlee CastlemanChurch of Christ, p.
GC Dean BaileyBartram Trail, Sr.
FM Marisa DillProvidence, Sr.
F Betty ElliotFernandina Beach, So.
FM Lauren FerrantiEpiscopal, Sr.
F Neilani GoicoecheaAtlantic Coast, Jr.
D Lily GrahamFleming Island, Sr.
D Brayden GrayBolles, Sr.
F Mackenna GregoryBishop Kenny, Sr.
F Emma GrinerStanton, then.
F Audrey HowardWolfson, So.
GC Mackenzie KirkFleming Island, Sr.
FM Hannah LemieuxSt. Johns CD, Sr.
F Angelina MaderaFletcher, Sr.
GC Roxy MathewsSt. Johns CD, So.
FM Abby MesorBishop Kenny, Sr.
F Abby MehmChristian University, p.
F Reese MumbauerYulee, Sr.
F Kya Quinn MustafaEnglewood, So.
F Naycka OrtizRidgeview, Sr.
F Jianna RamirezCreekside, Jr.
FM Julianna RealiRidgeview, Sr.
F kalli robinsonTocoi Brook, Sr.
F Ryanne RobinsonOrange Park, P.
F Charlotte SefcikSaint Augustine, Sr.
F Kiersten ShawKeystone Heights, p.
F Nora SlackEpiscopal, So.
F Olivia SurrencyCreekside, Jr.
FM Maggie TibbittsSaint Joseph, Sr.
FM Adrienne TrerotolaMandarin, Jr.
D Avery UptonCreekside, Jr.
F Sophia VaughnTocoi Creek, Jr.
D Victoria VillasanaPonte Vedra, Ponte Vedra, Sr.
F Anna White HouseSaint Joseph, Jr.
D Avery WilliamsBartram Trail, Sr.
F Ellie WilhelmBishop Snyder, Sr.
F Jada WilliamsFlagler Palm Coast, Sr.
F Skylar ZiegausColombia, So.
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