St. Francis Soccer Pinnacle of Success St. Francis Soccer Pinnacle of Success
Soccer Program Named Winner of the Inaugural Team Pinnacle Award by United Soccer Coaches The St. Francis soccer program was named one of 36... St. Francis Soccer Pinnacle of Success

Soccer Program Named Winner of the Inaugural Team Pinnacle Award by United Soccer Coaches

The St. Francis soccer program was named one of 36 high school schools (26 girl’s programs) in the nation to receive the inaugural Team Pinnacle Award by the United Soccer Coaches. The Troubadours were the only program in the state of California to earn the distinction. The awards were announced Friday at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Baltimore.

“I think it speaks to the quality of the student-athletes we have here at St. Francis, our values as a program and the school we represent,” said Head Coach Maryclaire Robinson ‘86, who was named the Section Coach of the Year by the NFHS. “The Pinnacle is the top of the top.”


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Top of the Heap

The St. Francis soccer program was honored for the 2018-19 academic year for achieving a high level of fair play, educational excellence and success on the pitch.

To be considered for this award, teams must have received either the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the High School or College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award; achieved recognition in the classroom as a recipient of the High School Team Academic Award; and record a winning percentage of .750 or higher during the respective season.

“This prestigious new team award designed to recognize a combination of academics, sportsmanship and athletic excellence may be the most difficult award to achieve for any soccer program,” said Steve Veal, United Soccer Coaches Awards Manager.

St. Francis won the 2019 CIF Northern California Division II Regional title after a runner-up finish in the Section playoffs. They finished the season with a 23-3-4 overall record and ranked No. 39 in the Fab 50, No. 16 in the state rankings and No. 6 in the regional list. SFHS was ranked No. 7 in the state and No. 21 in the nation by Maxpreps.

Team Smarts

Robinson’s program also received the Ethics Award distinction for the third consecutive season, garnering the Silver Award for the second year in a row, while earning Team Academic Award with a 3.48 Team GPA.

St. Francis is currently 11-2-2 on the season with both national and state rankings entering this week’s action. The Troubies play at Franklin on Wednesday before hosting Cosumnes Oaks on Friday and Christian Brothers on Saturday in the annual Holy Cup.


  1. St. Francis Catholic High School, Sacramento, Calif., Girls
  2. Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Girls
  3. Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, Va., Girls
  4. Belleville/New Glarus Co-Op High School, Belleville, Wis., Girls
  5. Benet Academy, Lisle, Ill., Girls
  6. Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus, Ohio, Girls
  7. Cambridge Christian School, Tampa, Fla., Girls
  8. Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha, Wis., Girls
  9. Cheyenne Central High School, Cheyenne, Wyo., Girls
  10. Christ Presbyterian Academy, Nashville, Tenn., Girls
  11. Ellington High School, Ellington, Conn., Girls
  12. Hammond School, Columbia, S.C., Girls
  13. Lee’s Summit West High School, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Girls
  14. Lincoln Lutheran High School, Lincoln, Neb., Girls
  15. Louisburg High School, Louisburg, Kan., Girls
  16. Manheim Central High School, Manheim, Pa., Girls
  17. Maryvale Preparatory School, Lutherville, Md., Girls
  18. Mauldin High School, Mauldin, S.C., Girls
  19. McKeel Academy of Technology, Lakeland, Fla., Girls
  20. Mt. Vernon High School, Greenfield, Ind., Girls
  21. Northview High School, Brazil, Ind., Girls
  22. Poly Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn, N.Y., Girls
  23. Pomfret School, Pomfret, Conn., Girls
  24. South River High School, Edgewater, Md., Girls
  25. Southern Boone County High School, Ashland, Mo., Girls
  26. Wallenpaupack Area High School, Hawley, Pa., Girls

Steven Shaff

Steve is the Assistant AD/ Sports Information officer for St. Francis Catholic HS -Sacramento. He joined the St. Francis staff in August 2013 from Northern Arizona University where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations for 13 seasons.

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