Saugus football coach Jason Bornn has a secret weapon on his team that will make him the envy of the Foothill League.
He has a kicker who has been making 50-yarders in practice. The kicker has been automatic on extra points and is nearly perfect in practice from 30 yards out.
The kicker’s name: Angie Weiner.
She wears a wide receiver’s number, 88, and will make her varsity football debut on Thursday night against Burroughs of Burbank at College of the Canyons in Valencia.
Weiner is a 16-year-old, 5-foot-9 junior who Bornn has been recruiting since she was a freshman.
“Playing football was never in her design,” Bornn said. “She’s a soccer player. She’s an all-American soccer player.”
Weiner is a defender and forward on the Saugus girls' soccer team and plays for the Real So Cal club soccer team. The Saugus soccer teams are perennial playoff powers. The 2009 team won a CIF-Southern Section championship, a year before Weiner arrived at Saugus High School.
She wasn’t on that team, but her playoff experience is more extensive than most of the players on the football team.
While she has never played football, she is no stranger to the game. Her older brother James Weiner was a cornerback and wide receiver for Saugus. He was also the team’s kicker for a spell and played on the Saugus boys basketball team.
He’s a freshman at Cal Poly Pomona now and running on the college’s track team.
“He’s going to be on the sidelines for the first game,” Weiner said. “He’s been helping me out and getting me comfortable.”
It took some coaxing from her big brother and Bornn to convince her to try out for the team.
“She was a little hesitant, as a girl,” Bornn said. “She was a little embarassed, a little hesitant. I’ve watched her kick a soccer ball a mile long. Eventually, going into her junior year, she had enough confidence in her ability to come out.”
Bornn asked her to come out one morning and kick field goals for him. After one practice, Weiner was sold. She wanted to be on the team. She says she is most comfortable kicking field goals from about 30 yards out. Bornn said she is about 80 percent from 40 yards out. She has made a couple of 50-yarders, with a little help from the wind.
“It was a different experience,” Weiner said. “I was a little nervous, not sure how I’d do. But it wasn’t much different than kicking a soccer ball. It became easy to me and I was on the team.”
Bornn said she will strictly kick field goals and extra points, no kickoffs for Weiner. Her future is in soccer and he doesn’t want to jeopardize her health unnecessarily. Weiner admits she is a little nervous about playing in her first game, but Bornn said he doesn’t think that will affect her once she’s on the football field.
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