Four Sulphur Springs players get to keep on kicking.
Soccer all-district standouts Madison Ramirez, Savannah Greer, Emily Hurley and Moises Torres will all be playing in college next season.
The quartet of talented players signed national letters of intent with three different colleges.
Ramirez signed with Texas A&M-Commerce; Greer and Torres inked with Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant and Emily Hurley will be playing for the University of Texas-Tyler.
“These players have been performing well. They will face faster, taller and stronger players in college, but I think they can adjust and play the game,” said Jesus DeLeon, Lady Cats head soccer coach. “They have to adjust to the speed of the college game. We are proud of all the players making the move to compete on the college level.”
DeLeon said, “Savannah has been a defender, she has the size and speed to play at the level. Hopefully she will keep improving and have a chance later to play at a larger school after she leaves NTCC.”
Greer was on the varsity for four years and a TASCO all-region selection. She was the defensive MVP of the district on a team with 13 shutouts.
“I’m excited. I get to keep playing soccer,” Greer said. “I like playing defense and I will probably stay in that position. I also like that I get to stay close to home.”
Ramirez was the district soccer MVP and also a four-year varsity player. She was first team all-district and team captain. She had 46 points for the year scoring 14 goals with 18 assists.
“Madison is a well-rounded player,” DeLeon said. “She will continue to play midfield. She is talented and very hard-working. She has a set of skills, but it is her drive, determination and her personality to be the best which makes here special.”
Ramirez said, “I like getting to play close to home for a school with very good academics and athletics. I might stay at midfielder, I am not that big, but I will try and play big. They have a very good soccer program and I look forward to being a part of it.”
Hurley, the goalkeeper for the Lady cats, had a stellar season. She had 13 shutouts with 108 saves for the 17-4-2 squad.
“Emily was a two-year starter at goalkeeper,” DeLeon said. “She was an all-district player for us, now she is following her sister (Macy) down to UT-Tyler.”
DeLeon said, “We are always glad when our players go off to college. They can come back and teach us what they learn.”
Torres, a two-year starter for the Wildcats, was an all-district and TASCO all-region player.
“Moises helped Sulphur Springs win a lot of games in those two years,” said Andy Holt, Sulphur Springs head boys soccer coach. “He was a part of two teams that won four playoff games. He was Goalkeeper of the Year in our district. I think Moises will work hard to put himself in a situation to go in and start for NTCC.”
Holt added, “Moises does things the right way. He is a very good player and hard-worker. He was a team captain for us and a good leader. We are excited to see him go and play college soccer. We are very proud of all the players and what they have accomplished.”
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