Creekside duo honored: Brenna Robinson is Miss Soccer, Soto takes co-coach of the year

Creekside's Joe Soto, left, earned co-coach of the year honors, while Brenna Robinson was named the state's Miss Soccer on Friday. (News4JAX and Creekside High, News4JAX)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Brenna Robinson and Joe Soto kept the Creekside girls soccer team’s dream season going.

Robinson was voted the state’s Miss Soccer on Friday, while Soto shared top overall coach honors with Bishop Moore’s Amy Geltz.

Robinson, a defender who has signed with the University of North Florida, was the anchor for the state champion Knights and becomes the first Miss Soccer from St. Johns County.

Robinson had a goal and 12 assists as Creekside went 19-3-1 and won the Class 7A state championship with a 3-1 win over Cypress Bay.

Robinson finished with 84 points in voting from media across the state. She was just in front of St. Johns Country Day’s Julia Boaventura (79), the Class 2A player of the year. Fletcher’s Sarah Christiansen, the Class 5A player of the year, was fifth (42).

Robinson becomes the fifth area player to win Miss Soccer. She joins Orange Park’s Jill Ford (1995), St. Johns Country Day’s Carson Pickett (2012), Matanzas’ Miracle Porter (2017) and St. Johns Country Day’s Abbey Newton (2018) as winners.

For Soto, it was the bow on a storybook season. He had 85 points in statewide balloting. He and Geltz both had four first-place votes. Soto, who spent five seasons as an assistant at Bartram Trail, becomes the third consecutive coach from St. Johns County to earn the top honor. Jen Rodriguez of Bartram (2020) and Ponte Vedra’s Dave Silverberg (2021) claimed the honor the last two years.

Fletcher’s Bradley Plummer (70) and St. Johns Country Day’s Mike Pickett (59) followed. Pickett, who has led the Spartans to a state-record 11 consecutive championships, has won the award a record-tying three times (2012, ‘17, ‘18).

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.