The work has already begun for several former Sulphur Springs athletes and they haven’t even played a game in college.
Emalee McMillian has an academic scholarship to Texas A&M-Commerce and is a member of the soccer program.
Former Lady Cats Irais Gonzalez, Harlee Schultz, Katie Huff, Sammie Nguyen and Brenda Aguilar got scholarships to be on the soccer women’s soccer team at Northeastern Community College in Mount Pleasant.
The girls have been training for the upcoming season so they would have a good start on college soccer.
“We have a list of exercises and things to do,” McMillian said. “If we don’t do them and come in Aug. 17 out of shape, we will be on the bench.”
The other players showed dedication as well. Doing what was called for that day, running 400-meter sprints, doing soccer drills are even logging timed mile runs at the SSHS track.
“The practices vary from an hour and half to what is needed on that day,” said Jesus DeLeon, Sulphur Springs head girls soccer coach.
DeLeon is volunteering part of his summer to make sure his former players are in shape when they start college soccer.
“We have been doing this since June,” said Gonzalez.
Schulz added, “We play a pretty long schedule. We want to start out in shape.”
McMillan is in for a different kind of challenge with the Lady Lions playing some of their early season games in New Mexico and Colorado.
“She will have to deal with running at altitude, that is new,” DeLeon said. “It might be cooler, but they still have some travel games.”
DeLeon said, “These girls going to college to play helps our program. They go off and play them come back and inspire the younger girls to have the goal of playing in college. It all trickles down.”
Tony Bravo, Erick Robles and Jose Garcia also signed to play soccer at NTCC.
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