Rachel Fenner is a versatile soccer player who helped guide St. Joseph’s Academy into the Division I playoff semifinals last season as an attacking center midfielder.
On her club team, Fenner plays central defender or center back. She projects as an outside defender for Wofford College.
Fenner and Elizabeth Gutierrez will represent SJA in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Girls Soccer game at 4 p.m. Saturday in Lafayette at Teurlings Catholic.
Other local players on the East team include Baton Rouge High’s Emily Daigle and Maegen Guillory, Dutchtown’s Nicole Megginson, East Ascension’s Lynda Boylan and Janna Gautreau, and Episcopal’s Lindsay Redhead. University’s Melissa Ramsey is an East assistant coach.
Fenner was a four-year starter at SJA with 34 goals and 24 assists in her career. She made the all-district team all four years and the All-Metro team three times. She was district and All-Metro MVP last season as well as first team all-state. She scored 14 goals and had nine assists as a senior.
“Rachel Fenner is one of the rare players you can put anywhere on the field, and she will succeed,” SJA coach Stephanie Broussard said. “She has a natural gift and is skilled and composed with the ball at her feet.
“She knows how to distribute the ball or hold it.”
Fenner said she expects to play center midfield in this game and looks forward to the college position change to outside back.
The 5-foot-8 Fenner has the passing skills to start the offensive attack from the back and also the speed to move forward in the attack.
“I’ll play wherever they need me,” Fenner said. “We had such a great season at St. Joseph’s. Winning district and reaching the semifinals for only the second time in school history were big achievements.
“I’m really excited about playing in the all-star game with so many good players. It’s a real honor. I’m so happy I have one more game to play with Elizabeth Gutierrez. We’ve been club teammates since age 10. She’s one of the hardest working soccer players I know.”
Broussard was an assistant coach when Fenner and Gutierrez were freshman starters.
“It’s rare that a freshman will come in and start,” Broussard said. “We could see Rachel’s talent. She’s a difference maker.
“She’s got good speed and is a great kid. Elizabeth is a great defender. They were our leaders this year.”
Fenner said she plays with a positive demeanor on the pitch.
“I love to lift my teammates up,” Fenner said. “I’m all about positive attitude and maximum effort on the field. I love the game.”
Fenner said she knows there will be a transition to college athletics and the speed of the game.
“I know I’ll need to play the ball faster,” she said. “I’ll need to work on making the right decisions in the back.”
The Boys All-Star game will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. Players report at 9 a.m. Saturday.