Feb. 8, 2013
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EL PASO, Texas - UTEP head soccer coach Kevin Cross announced the signing of 10 outstanding individuals to national letters of intent Friday.
"UTEP Soccer is extremely excited to announce our 2013 signing class," head coach Kevin Cross said. "Our coaching staff believes this class may be one of our best classes of all time. We have some extremely talented players in the group and we expect them to contribute immediately.
"I am very appreciative of everyone's help in the recruitment of these players, especially the UTEP Soccer team and staff. President Natalicio, the MAAC, training room and strength coaches have been extremely gracious in giving their time to meet these recruits on their visits to the UTEP campus. Today is a great day for the future of UTEP Soccer!"
Below are bios on the Miners' 10 signees.
Byron Nelson High School
Solar 96 ECNL Soccer Club
All-State honoree in 2012 for Byron Nelson High School ... helped team finish as a state finalist ... also received Academic All-District honors that year ... awarded the Offensive Player of the Year and the district's Newcomer of the Year in 2011 ... selected to serve as a captain for her senior season ... multi-sport standout who was the MVP for the track team and the sport's Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... earned a varsity letter for basketball as a sophomore ... played for the Solar Soccer Club since 2005 ... involved in the peer assistant leadership studies program and is a Link Leader at the school ... Played for the Solar Soccer club since 2005 and the Solar ECNL '96 Soccer Club since 2010 ... coached by Adrian Solca ... daughter of Nadine and Rydell Bain ... has an older brother who runs track at Cornell University ... born 8/14/95.
Tuscan Soccer Academy `95
El Paso, Texas
Plays for Tuscan Soccer Academy 95, under the direction of Todd and Amy Garelick ... also member of Texas Rush, coached by Stewart Fitzsimmons and Andrew Squire, for the 2012-13 ECNL season ... selected for the ODP New Mexico State team from 2008-12 ... chosen for the ODP Regional Pool in 2009 and the ODP Regional Team in 2012 ... tabbed to the US National Pool in 2009, in addition to being a part of the 2008-09 ID2 Regional Camp ... played for the boy's Mexicas FC that won the state cup and placed second at Regionals ... very thankful for her coaches Jaime Quintana, Javier McDonald, Mark Torguson, Oscar Mendoza, and trainer Matt Segovia who have helped her in reaching her goals ... also extremely thankful for her parents, friends and family members who have helped her along the way ... attributes all of her success first and foremost to God ... daughter of Andy and Kam Barreiro ... has four sisters and two brothers ... playing soccer since the age of five ... born 5/24/95.
Socorro High School
Latinas Soccer Club
El Paso, Texas
Four-year varsity starter at Socorro High School coached by Roger Rosales , scoring 116 goals and tallying 51 assists to this point ... in midst of senior season, but has already scored 29 goals while recording 11 helpers ... aided squad to a second-place finish in a tournament at Wichita Falls ... had 11 strikes before being sidelined with an ankle injury as a junior ... 47 goals and 12 assists in huge sophomore season to earn the El Paso Times Player of the Year award ... received special recognition at the BHS tournament ... secured MVP accolades in a tournament in San Antonio and was the runner up for All-City MVP ... nominated for Rookie of the Year after contributing 29 goals and 28 assists as a freshman ... has played in the Mini Olympics in Mexico since the age of 12 ... member of team that took first place in the state tournament twice, regional event once and second place in the nationwide event ... member of Latinas Soccer Club that won its league three times out of four years from 2009-12 ... starred in track and field through her sophomore season, recording a state qualifying time in the 100m dash ... member of the book club, DECA, BPA, key club, National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society ... daughter of Jose Casas and Maria Escudero, her dad being her first coach ... has two siblings ... born 9/14/94.
Archbishop O'Leary High School
Victoria Soccer Club
U15 Canadian Women's National Team member and trained at the U17 Canadian Women's Camp ... has earned both a silver and a bronze medal at U18 nationals ... National Training Center participant from 2008-10 while playing with the Alberta Provincial team from 2008-11 ... also did Alberta Winter training in that timeframe ... O'Leary Advanced Academy from 201-13 ... helped Inter win the 2008 EIYSA league championship while aiding SE Storm to the 2009 EMSA conference crown ... scouted at multiple showcases ... top goal scorer and MVP at 2009 Calgary Showcase ... secured runner-up honors at numerous tournaments ... provincial MVP and second-place showing at the 2010 Major League Tournament ... school champions with St. Edmund in 2008 ... trained at that academy from 2007-09 ... very appreciative of her coaches, Ross Ongaro, Dave Benning and Frank Imborgno ... daughter of Shelley Lindsey ... born 8/16/95.
Byron P. Steele
Classic Elite Soccer Academy `95
San Antonio, Texas
Played with Lions FC 2005-09 ... coached by Frankie Whitlock and Peter Moore ... honored as the MVP and the Lion of the Year ... played with '95 Classics Elite since 2009, with her coaches Brian Monaghan and Dennis Chavarria ... member of Byron P. Steele Girls soccer team ... All-District honoree and a second-team All-Region member in 2009 ... received Academic All-District accolades from 2009-12 ... involved in the Fresh Start Program, National Honor Society and the Health Occupations Student Association ... All-A Honor Roll and has taken all AP courses ... daughter of Kevin and Ondrea Love ... has two younger sisters and two younger brothers ... born 9/2/94.
Round Rock High School
Lonestar FC Red 95 ECNL
Cedar Park, Texas
Part of the inaugural Lonestar Soccer Club 1995 Girl's team in 2005 and has been a starter every year since ... plays multiple positions but was a part of the ODP state pool as a defensive player ... helped her club secure Western District championships for their age group every year since the 2005-06 season ... team was also the STYSA National Cup State Champions in 2010 and 2011 ... leading scoring for team ... Lonestar invited to ECNL and played in the national championship in 2009, falling in penalty kicks ... the 95G ECNL team, coached by Don Cameron, won the Disney College Showcase crown in 2010 ... standout in track as well, competing in the 4x100 and 4x400 relay events at the AAU National Junior Olympics ... started playing soccer at the age of four ... daughter of Troy and Michelle Milburn ... has one sibling ... born 3/24/95.
Plano West High School
D'feeters 95 ECNL
Played for D'feeters since the first days of select soccer in 2005, playing in midfield and the backline ... also apart of 95 D'feeters ECNL team since formed, being coached by Shea Wilder, and now by Kim Colon ... member of the Plano West High School varsity team since her sophomore season ... also involved in student leadership organizations such as P.A.L.S (Peer Assistant Leadership Students), National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, and habitat for humanity ... boasts a 4.0 GPA and is taking all collegiate level classes, with the exception of P.A.L.S. ... one of six kids ... born 1/18/95.
Chandler High School
96 S.C. Del Sol ECNL
Member of Arizona ODP team ... currently plays club soccer for 96 S.C. Del Sol ECNL, under the direction of Les Armstrong ... four-year varsity starter for Chandler High School ... earned All-State Honorable Mention as a sophomore and tabbed as an All-State second-team performer as a junior in 2012 ... also the Offensive Player of the Year for soccer in 2011-12 ... cited as a player to watch by the Arizona Republic ... also a standout in track & field, helping the team claim two state championships ... All-Arizona High School Track and Field team as a freshman thanks to a 400m time of 55.76 ... was also the team Freshman MVP ... earned placement on that team for a readout of 24.70 in the 200m as a junior ... competed at Nike Nationals Track & Field championship, securing first place with CHS ... school record holder for 400m ... member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll since her freshman year ... enjoys volunteering with homeless children and teens ...interest and hobbies include painting her nails, thrift shopping and eating ...daughter of Paige and Patrick Roberts ... has a younger brother ... born 9/6/95.
Hanks High School
U18 El Paso Storm
El Paso, Texas
Played for the U18 El Paso Storm for five years under the direction of Oscar Mendoza ... club team placed first in the U18 bracket at the Texas Club the past four years ... starter and leading goal scoring for the squad since 2009 ... ODP Regional Camp participant, tallying five goals during three invitational matches ... three-year varsity starter at Hanks High School, earning First-Team All-District 5A accolades each season ... paced team in scoring and was the MVP each year ... nominated to be a captain as a junior ... HHS Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2012, the same year she was also the All-District 5A Offensive MVP ... especially would like to thank her El Paso Storm coach, teammates, friends and family for their continued support ... daughter of Randy and Jackie Thomas ... has an older sister who played soccer for New Mexico State University and also has a younger brother ... born 2/10/95.
Chapin High School
El Paso Storm
El Paso, Texas
Four-year varsity player at Chapin High School, earning multiple accolades ... coached by former Miner player and assistant coach Stephanie Morales ...three-time First-Team All-District Honoree ... earned Second-Team All-City distinction as a freshman while securing a spot on the first team as a sophomore ... scored 14 goals as a freshman, 27 as a sophomore and 18 as a junior ... voted to the Bowie HS Tournament All Star Team as a sophomore ... led her squad as a junior to the Class 4A regional, semifinals and the school's first Sweet 16 playoff appearance ... has recorded 14 goals to this point of her senior season ... earned All-Tournament Player award at the 2013 Byron Nelson Bobcat Varsity Friendly Tournament ... began playing soccer in 2006, competing through 2009 with the El Paso Showtime under the direction of coach Kevin Bray ... served as captain while playing for coach Aaron Hernandez with the Angels Soccer Academy from 2009-12 ... currently with the El Paso Storm, which is coached by Aaron Hernandez and Oscar Mendoza ... enjoys spending time with her family....proud daughter of Joseph and Yvonne Williamson ... has one older sister and two younger brothers ... born 9/25/94.