2018-19 Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Focused On Mission
Jenny Galvan was focused for a number of reasons this winter.
By the end of her goal-oriented season, Galvan set standards and marks that anyone else coming after her are going to have a hard time topping … even herself next year.
“I definitely don’t see her getting 65 goals next year,” said her head coach, Ashley Swales-Frombes. “It’ll definitely be a little tougher for her next year.”
But what a ride Galvan and her Crescent City High School girls soccer teammates went on. In amassing the program’s best record since the 2003-04 season, Galvan not only beat her best goal total from the previous season, she obliterated the Putnam County record for goals in a soccer season, delivering 65 goals. She assisted on 11 more goals for 141 points, like the goals total a record for points in a season.
Not only did it earn Galvan her fourth All-County bid in her career, it also earned her Palatka Daily News Girls Soccer Player of the Year honors for the second straight season. Galvan is the first repeat winner of the honor since current Interlachen High coach Jacqueline (Fraga) Larsen pulled it off in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
This year, though, served as more of a purpose for Galvan’s record-breaking numbers.
“I wanted it more,” Galvan said. “I had a purpose. They all understood and the purpose we had to go out and do it.”
Galvan was close to previous head coach Drew Richardson, who led the Raiders from 2015-18. On May 15, 2018, Richardson passed away from leukemia at 56, a loss that was devastating to Galvan.
“It was difficult for me,” said Galvan, still understandably finding it hard through words to describe his loss and his impact on her. “It was difficult to process the whole situation.”
And so in his honor, Galvan, who had scored 33 goals and assisted on seven others in winning player of the year honors last season, set out to blast one score after another from her striker position, while also acting as a distributor for other players to score, most notably junior teammate Erin Sullivan (five goals), senior goalie-turned-midfielder Joanna Aragon (six goals) and Sullivan’s center-midfield mate, Deborah Consuelos (seven goals). With Swales-Frombes taking over as coach, she implored Galvan be more of an assist maker. After 16 assists in her previous three seasons total, she had 11 this year.
“If I see somebody open, I am going to pass to them,” Galvan said. “I’m not just going to take it all the way (to score).”
Those 27 assists go along with the 138 goals she’s hammered home in four years, more than any other county player has ever put in during a Putnam County four-year career. In scoring at least one goal in every one of her team’s 21 games with the exception of three, Galvan joined a pair of Interlachen standouts and former PDN players of the year, Alana Christian (2007-08, ‘08-09) and Makayla Gingras (2013-14), with 100 career goals, ironically in a 9-1 victory over Larsen’s Rams on Dec. 11. Galvan broke the county record held by Christian when she put in her 123rd career goal in a 4-0 win over Pierson Taylor on Jan. 15.
“I didn’t have a goal number in my mind (at the start of the season),” Galvan said. “I wanted to beat my own (number) that I had from the year before. I was shocked (at 65 goals).”
But the personal dreams weren’t about scoring more goals than anyone in county at all. It was to finally put Crescent City back on the girls soccer map, a spot it already had for years thanks to the boys’ team that has won six district championships, most recently in the 2016-17 season under current mentor Jeff Lease. And with a senior-dominated and driven team, the Raiders flattened most everyone they played to a final record of 15-4-2, the best mark since the ‘03-04 team went 16-6 and made its one and only appearance in the state tournament under another first-year mentor at the time, Stephanie Owens.
However, unlike that club, this version of the Raiders came up one win shy of reaching the state tournament. Playing in the District 5-2A semifinal round against Alachua Santa Fe on Santa Fe’s home field, Crescent City was wiped out, 8-0, as Santa Fe’s talented defense made it its purpose to shadow Galvan, who scored twice in a 3-2 loss during the regular season, and hold her to four shots on net. By the end of the night, Galvan had been switched to the midfield to provide more defense.
And do not be surprised if you see Galvan moved around this coming year with the graduation of seven starters, mostly on the defensive side of the ball.
“It’s going to be very different,” Galvan admitted. “But I know we can still be good. If they need me to play midfield, I’ll play midfield. If not, I’ll just continue to do what I’ve done.”
Galvan recently had a visit to Flagler College to possibly look beyond her senior season.
“She said she liked it over there and for now, it’s her first option,” Swales-Frombes said. “And she set it all up on her own. She’s got the videos to send out to the coaches and she’s ahead on the things she needs to get in touch with programs. She has to do the rest.”
No doubt there is a career for Galvan in the sport after she’s handed her diploma next year. Until then, Galvan, who was the PDN’s two-time girls country runner of the year in the 2016 and ‘17 seasons and has been a regional qualifier the last three years, has many other things ahead of her.
“I just have to go out and train hard,” said Galvan, who has been involved in an adult league for a few years in town, but said is looking for a travel team to be a part of this summer. “Then I’ll be ready for next year.”
“Her speed and quickness make her into who she is as a player,” Swales-Frombes said. “She can out-run everybody. We’re going to upgrade our schedule next year, so I don’t think she can score 65 again. But it will be a hard record for anyone to beat.”
GIRLS SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1998–Toni Thompson, Palatka
1999–Bethany Parker, Interlachen
2000 -03–No player selected
2004–Lindsay Brown, Crescent City
2005–Jessica Jordan, Interlachen
2006–Sarah Wright, Interlachen
2007–Kim Traxler, Interlachen
2008–Alana Christian, Interlachen
2009–Alana Christian, Interlachen
2010–Jacqueline Fraga, Interlachen
2011–Jacqueline Fraga, Interlachen
2012–Taylor Aldrich, Palatka
2013–Brooke Lloyd, Palatka
2014–Makayla Gingras, Interlachen
2015–Amanda Qunby, Interlachen
2016–Haley Ridenour, Palatka
2017–Courtney Mikell, Palatka
2018–Jenny Galvan, Crescent City
2019–Jenny Galvan, Crescent City