On the pitch: Rivera scored 29 goals and handed out 10 assists, and above that was the fiery, emotional leader for a Lancers team that went 19-0-1 and claimed the school’s first Sac-Joaquin Section title in girls soccer. Rivera scored in 15 of East Union’s 20 games and found the net twice in the Lancers’ 3-2 victory over Vista del Lago of Folsom in the Division IV section championship game at Lincoln High School.
Off the pitch: That’s where Rivera was in her junior year. After totaling 54 goals and 38 assists as a freshman and sophomore, she walked off the team late in her junior year. But her early success, and her play with her Mountain View-Los Gatos club team, kept her on the radar of college coaches. She signed with San Jose State on Feb. 5, accepting the Spartans’ offer of a partial scholarship over those from Miami and Hawaii, among others.
What’s ahead: Rivera will be the first person in her immediate family to attend college, but as she heads off to school, part of her focus will remain with East Union and little sisters Isabella, a year away from graduating, and Ilena, now a sophomore and considered possibly the most talented of the trio. She plans to study kinesiology with the goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Quotable: “Being able to play with my sisters and to go all the way to sections and bring home the blue banner was incredible. We made history, and that was our goal. My senior year was one to remember.”