She's qualified because: Scored a Central Section-leading 50 goals (and distributed 13 assists) while leading Knights to County/Metro Athletic Conference and Division I championships, as well as a runner-up finish in the CIF Southern California Regionals. Had 117 goals and 42 assists in four-year career. Signed with Pepperdine.
Also considered: Buchanan's Elise Krieghoff, the Tri-River Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year who had 26 goals and three assists for league champion and D-I runner-up Bears.
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After amassing 67 goals and 29 assists through three very successful, yet injury-slowed seasons, Bullard High girls soccer player Lynn Williams showed what she could really do given a complete year of health.
It was a performance that rivaled any in the state.
The senior forward with the famous local bloodlines scored 50 goals — the second-highest total in the state according to statistics kept on maxpreps.com — and dished out 13 assists to power a 25-4-1 Knights' team.
Bullard won County/Metro Athletic Conference and Central Section Division I titles, and advanced all the way to the CIF Southern California Regional D-I final.
"My muscles finally came back and I was able to perform at my highest level," said the Pepperdine-bound Williams, selected The Bee's Girls Soccer Player of the Year. "Going out and having my senior year be my best one, and having our team go all the way to state, I couldn't have asked for a better ending."
Williams – whose father, Dave, mother, Christine, and uncles James and Paul were all successful athletes at Fresno State, the latter two also playing in the NFL – spent her first three high school seasons working her way back into shape. She had offseason surgeries to fix and re-fix a broken growth plate in her left foot, an injury suffered in junior high.
She had a pin inserted into the foot before her freshman year, two more pins put in before her sophomore season and a third surgery to keep all the pins from coming out before her junior year. Each procedure took about four months for a complete recovery, causing her to miss an occasional game. But she didn't miss any of Bullard's 30 games this season, scoring in 23 of them.
"It was like I would just be getting back and my injury would happen," Williams said. "But this year there were no injuries and I felt good."
Williams' play made Knights coach Onesta Francis feel good. He's long touted Williams as the best player in the section, if not the state, and she backed it up on the field this season.
"Coming in, she was the best player in the Valley. By the time it was over, she left no doubt," Francis said. "She got better as the season went along. Her ability was always there. Her strength was always there.
"But by the end of the year, she could shoot with accuracy and power from 25-30 yards out with both feet. I've never been around an athlete like that. I'm real thankful for having the opportunity to work with her."
Francis said Williams is one of the few players from this area with the potential to play professionally, but she doesn't come off as cocky or self-centered.
"She plays with a grace and humility where you have to join her," Francis said. "She's a great leader. When your most talented player is also your most hardest working, everyone gets in line and follows and believes in what we are trying to accomplish."