Nine Sulphur Springs soccer players will be competing on the next level in the fall.
Emalee McMillan was awarded an academic scholarship to Texas A&M-Commerce University. McMillan will also be a member of the Lady Lions soccer team.
Eight players inked to play college soccer for Northeast (Texas) Community College in Mount Pleasant. Wildcat players include: Tony Bravo, Erick Robles and Jose Garcia. Lady Cats signing include: Brenda Aguilar, Irais Gonzalez, Katie Huff, Sammie Nguyen and Harlee Schulz.
Donovan Dowling, soccer coach at NTCC, was excited with the eight players from Sulphur Springs.
“It just happened that way. I watched the boys in a playoff game and the next day I had a tryout for the girls. So we are signing eight from Sulphur Springs,” Dowling said. “One of my goals is to sign good local talent. These players all fit with us coming from a good program. I think Sulphur Springs is a hidden gem of soccer talent.”
Jesus DeLeon, Sulphur Springs head girls soccer coach, was happy to see so many players sign to continue playing soccer.
DeLeon commented on each player who signed a soccer scholarship - “Brenda Aguilar, had a very solid year coming off an ACL injury that cost her junior year. Has the height and build that will make her a good college forward; Irais Gonzalez, is very versatile player that can play many positions. her ability to play in multiple spots will come in handy in college where there are limited substitutions; Katie Huff is also very versatile, she can play any attacking role, projects to be a wide player in college. Sammie Nguyen has midfielder skills but plays in defense, her ability to get forward and help in the attacking buildup is an asset any team would like to have. Harlee Schulz is a very strong defender and in the air. She’s very good at closing off and defending area in front of the goal. Additionally she can use her aerial game to help the attack she scored three goals off headers last season.”
Andy Holt, Wildcats head soccer coach said, “Tony Bravo ended the season with 29 goals. He had 77 goals, the all-time leader in goals. Erick Robles played sweeper for us and could have played any position because of his ability. He is a very talented player who should make the transition to college soccer very easily. Jose Garcia played center midfielder for us and controlled the game. A guy who can keep possession and distribute the ball extremely well. He set Tony up for several of his goals this year. All three players should be productive for Northeast Texas Community College.”
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