Within two-years at Bloomington High, Annia Mejia transformed and sacrificed her soccer game from a league leading scorer into that of a field general. Mejia led the Sunkist League with 14 goals and 32 points as a freshman. As a sophomore, she again led the league and set a school record with 19 goals and 41 points. As a junior and senior, Mejia gave up the spotlight of a scorer and transitioned into a facilitator and tenacious defender. She was league MVP as a senior.
Her willingness to be a team player helped Bloomington coach Rosa Quiroz-Rodriguez manage the Bruins to three consecutive Sunkist League soccer championships. Individually, it earned Mejia to four All-CIF Division 5 teams and to the school’s 2014 Girl’s Ken Hubbs Award. It all totaled to a full scholarship to UC Berkeley, where she was recruited as a defender by Cal coach Neil McGuire.
Mejia had originally committed to UCLA but the opportunity of a full academic and athletic scholarship swayed her to Cal. “I will be taking public health classes and
will go into the medical field,” said Mejia. “I’m going there with an open mind. I’ll have a roommate from the soccer team and the rest of the team will be in the same dorm. I’m excited. I’m ready to go.” She will report to campus on Aug. 5th. Mejia was being recruited by UCI and UC Santa Barbara as well.
She credits some of her soccer skills to competition provided by her brother’s Brian and Talvin, both members of soccer teams at BHS. Her Fram F.C. travel team from Palos Verdes was a two-time national youth champion. Teammates Tori Bolden and Bryce Watts from her Fram team will join her at Cal. The national soccer ranking group, Top Drawer Soccer rates Mejia as the #25 rated high school player in the nation.
On the Cal website, McGuire called Mejia a highly skilled, composed soccer player who can play a number of positions very well. “Her versatility will prove valuable this season. Annia is a fierce competitor.” Mejia is a local youth soccer coach for ages 8-12. She was among 24 players selected to train with the U.S. Under-18 National Team at the Olympic Complex in Chula Vista.