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University of Houston-Victoria women's soccer coach Adrian Rigby today announced today the signing of 16 student-athletes to the UHV women's program for the 2018 season.
The signings include 14 high school players and two junior college transfers.
Making their commitments to the UHV women's soccer program were junior college transfers Yessy Hinojosa and Nathalia Canizalez, along with high school players Hayley Oatman, Angela Nava, Victoria Smith, Kiki Hinojosa, Katy Castanuela, Chole Rodriguez, Mia Garcia, Isabella Strasheim, Yadira Dominguez, Sutton Dalrymple, Kasandra Jimenez, Jacquelyn Clendening, Elizabeth McDonald and Hayden Janner.
ANGELA NAVA, freshman midfielder, San Antonio
Nava has served as team captain for her San Antonio James Madison High School team and has earned all-district second team honors.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and will be graduating Magma Cum Laude.
"I chose UHV because it is a smaller college and has everything I could've asked for," said Nava in making her commitment. "It's a perfect fit for me."
Nava plans to study biology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Nava: "Angela is an outstanding technical midfielder who can play a variety of different positions. Her ability to keep the ball moving in the buildup and ability to break lines off the dribble is impressive. She can also be a handful in the box with a very powerful strike. We are thrilled to welcome Angela into our program."
VICTORIA SMITH, freshman midfielder, Round Rock
Smith is a member of the Round Rock High School soccer team and also currently plays for the Lonestar 99/00 Girls Black Team in the NPL. She was voted as captain of the team by her teammates.
She also played internationally at the Gothia Cup, which is the world's largest youth soccer tournament with over 70 countries represented. Her team was named champion of their division.
"UHV is the perfect size for me," said Smith on making her commitment to UHV. "I feel like I'll be able to thrive in a smaller classroom and make a positive impact on the soccer program."
Smith plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV and hopes to become a physical trainer.
Rigby on Smith: "Victoria is a very strong midfielder with the ability to win 50/50s and dismantle opponent's attacks before they reach the back line. She is able to build the attack through her composure on the ball and ability to make quick decisions. We are looking forward to Victoria joining us here at UHV."
HAYLEY OATMAN, freshman midfielder, Spring Branch
Oatman is a member of the Smithson Valley High School soccer team and plays attacking mid.
She was also a member of the US Youth Soccer 2016 Region III Presidents Cup team.
Rigby on Oatman: "Hayley is an excellent midfielder with the technical ability to play almost any position. Her tireless work rate and movement on the ball, makes it almost impossible for opponents to keep track of her. We are very excited to welcome Hayley to the program."
KIKI HINOJOSA, freshman forward, La Porte
A member of the La Porte High School soccer team, she earned first team all-distirct honors as a freshman and sophomore and was named second team all-district as a junior. She was also named her teams Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
She will also be teaming with her sister Yessy Hinojosa, while transfers to UHV from Navarro College.
"Being able to play with my sister at a great university is an amazing opportunity, said Hinojosa on making her commitment to UHV.
She plans to begin study toward an engineering career while in college.
Rigby on HINOJOSA: "Kiki is a very versatile attacking player with a full bag of moves to keep defenders in her back pocket all game long. Her ability to exploit space is exceptional, and more times than not, overstretches opponent's backlines. We believe that Kiki will be a great addition to our side this fall."
YESSY HINOJOSA, junior forward, La Porte
Yessy transfers in from Navarro College where she helped guide her team to Region XIV runner-up finishes the last two years.
She was named Region XIV all-region and led her team with 13 goals this past season. She also had one assist, 37 shots on goal and four game-winning goals from her left wing position.
Rigby on Hinojosa: "Yessy is a very crafty attacking player with the ability to play a multitude of positions across the front line. Her ability to take defenders on and put the ball out of reach of the goalkeeper, makes her a handful for teams to deal with. We are looking forward to Yessy coming in and frustrating opponent's back lines all season long."
KATY CASTANUELA, freshman defender, Cleburne
Castanuela was a center defender for her Cleburne High School team where she was named utility player of the year as a freshman and MVP as a sophomore. She was selected first team all-district and second team all-county her junior year.
"UHV immediately felt like home as I walked around campus and met the coaches, I knew it was where I belonged and this is what brought me to choose to attend UHV," said Castanuela on making her commitment.
A member of the Beta Club, she plans to study education while attending UHV.
Rigby on Castanuela: "Katy is a strong defender who is able to read opponents very well. Her competitive nature is always on full display when she steps onto the pitch. She has unbridled intensity and passion for the game which is very contagious. We are very pleased to have Katy as part of our program."
CHLOE RODRIGUEZ, freshman forward, Wichita Falls
Rodriguez plays for the Wichita Falls High School Lady Coyotes. She is also a member of the Warriors 99 Soccer Club and a former member of the Liverpool 99 Owens and Liverpool Rush NPL teams.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, received academic all-state honors in 2017 and is graduating with honors with a 4.0-plus GPA.
"I chose UHV because of the campus and class size," said Rodriguez. "I know it will be a place that I can achieve my goals from the classroom to the soccer field."
Rodriguez plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Rodriguez: "Chloe is a very tenacious player with the ability to play a variety of different positions. She has an impeccable work rate and ability to cover a lot of ground while also making the right decisions on the ball. We look forward to seeing these trademarks of her game from the very start of preseason."
MIA GARCIA, freshman defender, Corpus Christi
Garcia is a member of the Corpus Christi Flour Bluff High School team where she was second team all-district and served as team captain in 2017-2018. Her team also advanced to the regional finals in 2016 and her club team is a two-time state champion.
"I chose UHV because I really liked their soccer program, and because the school and town felt like home," said Garcia on making her commitment. "I really enjoyed the city and the small setting of the school. I think it will be a great four years."
Garcia plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Garcia: "Mia is a very solid defender with an extraordinary work rate which gives that competitive edge. Her positional awareness is superb, which makes it nearly impossible for opponents to get around her. We are looking forward to having Mia as a part of our program and excited to watch her compete from day one."
ISABELLA STRASHEIM, freshman forward, Corpus Christi
Strasheim has been a varsity starter all four years at C.C. Richard King High School and served as team captain during the 2017-2018 season.
As a freshman she was named second team all-district and was the team's Most Consistent Player. The awards continued as a sophomore where she was named first team all-district, and first team All-South Texas.
She led her team with 35 goals as a junior and was named second team all-district and wrapped her high school career by scoring 40-plus goals as a senior.
She is a three-sport athlete also competing in cross country and track and field for four years and was captain of her cross country team this past season as a senior.
"I chose UHV after searching other college campuses and soccer programs," said Strasheim. "After several visits to the UHV campus I realized how much I liked the smaller campus size. I felt that the class sizes were a more conducive learning environment.
"What really sold me on UHV was how approachable the coaching staff was and also how welcoming the team was after I was able to train with them for a day. The girls on the team really made me feel as if I was one of them. I know that with me becoming a Lady Jaguar, I will be able to be a game changer."
Strasheim plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Strasheim: "Isabella is a silky attacking player with the ability to wreak havoc on unsuspecting defenders. Couple this with her ability to score goals from almost anywhere on the pitch, and you have a very dangerous player. We are looking forward to watching Isabella torment defenders all season long."
YADIRA DOMINGUEZ, freshman defender, Brownsville
Dominguez has been a member of the James Pace Early College High School team that has been playoff qualifiers from 2015-2018. Her teams reached the regional quarterfinals in 2017 and were district champs this past season.
"I chose to attend UHV because the environment is comfortable and it has a feeling like if I were at home," said Dominguez on making her commitment. "Since I had the opportunity to practice with the soccer team they treated me not as an individual but as a family member, making me feel welcomed."
Dominguez plans to study education and training while attending UHV.
Rigby on Dominguez: "Yadira is a very skilled defender that will make a great addition to our backline. Not only is she very aggressive and capable of winning the ball off opponents, but she is also extremely comfortable playing out of the back. Yadira will be a positive addition to the UHV program."
KASANDRA JIMENEZ, freshman defender, Brownsville
Jimenez was named the 32-6A Utility Player of the Year while playing for the Veterans Memorial Early College High School. She played three different positions – wing, forward and defense.
She also earned all-state academic honors and is in the top 13 percent of her class.
"I chose UHV because it's close to home and it's giving me the opportunity to further my education and soccer career," said Jimenez.
Jimenez plans to study education while attending UHV.
Rigby on Jimenez: "Kassandra is a true competitor in every sense of the word. She excelled as a dual athlete in high school. Her commitment to being a top-notch player and ability to be utilized wherever her team needs her will be an asset this fall. We look forward to adding her athleticism and dedication to our side."
JACQUELYN CLENDENING, freshman defender, San Antonio
Clendening played midfielder and forward for San Antonio Ronald Reagan High School, where she is also on the honor roll and will be a Cum Laude graduate.
"The University of Houston-Victoria feels like home away from home," Clendening said in making her commitment.
Rigby on Clendening: "Jacquelyn is a very fluid player, capable of playing a variety of different positions across the pitch. Her ability to penetrate off the dribble and play passes, even in the tightest of spaces, is superb. We are extremely excited to watch her continued progression within the program this fall."
ELIZABETH MCDONALD, freshman forward, New Braunfels
McDonald has played varsity soccer for three years at New Braunfels Canyon High School where she was a midfielder and earned recognition on the A/B honor roll.
"Besides given the opportunity to play for the Jaguars women's soccer program, I feel that UHV will help me to achieve my academic goals and will set me up with a rewarding career," said McDonald.
McDonald plans to study education while attending UHV.
Rigby on McDonald: "Lizzy is a very dangerous attacking player who has the ability to beat defenders on the dribble with both pace and skill. Her technical ability allows her to play in tight spaces and link up well with teammates. Her ability to read the game and transform her style to fit the confines of what the match requires is remarkable. We are excited to add Lizzy's attacking abilities to the program."
SUTTON DALRYMLE, freshman forward, Del Rio
Dalrymple has had a remarkable career at Del Rio High School where she was named the 2014-2015 Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention all-district. She earned first team all-district recognition as a sophomore and junior and was named the Offensive MVP as a junior.
"I selected UHV because I get to play the sport I love the most and I get to be closer to friends and family, while studying to get my degree," said Dalrymple. "UHV feels like home"
Dalrymple plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Dalrymple: "Sutton is a very intelligent and hardworking attacking player that can play a variety of attacking positions. Her ability to consistently find the back of the net will make her a standout player and a nightmare for opponents to deal with. We are excited to add Sutton's personality and work rate to the UHV attack."
HAYDEN JANNER, freshman defender, Cypress
Janner earned second team all-district honors and was the CYyFair Defensive Player of the Year as a junior for Cy-Fair High School. She was named to the athletic honor roll as well as the school's honor roll from 2015-2017.
"I chose to attend UHV because the location is just far enough away from home that I feel like I'm away, but I'm never too far if I need to go home for something," said Janner. "I also like that the school is a part of the University of Houston school system, so if I decided to go to Houston's law school, I am set up for that really well."
Janner plans to study history and pre-law while attending UHV.
Rigby on Janner: "Hayden is an imposing defender, with height, technical ability and discipline. Her presence on the pitch is astounding and her ability to read the game is unparalleled. We are looking forward to Hayden making an immediate impact on the backline this fall."
NATHALIA CANIZALES, junior midfielder, San Antonio
Canizales transfers into UHV from St. Philips College. While in high school she was named to the 56-4A all-district first team as a senior and her teams player of the year in 2013.
"I chose UHV because it is the best fit for me academically," said Canizales. "I believe that UHV will help me achieve all my academic goals while also having the opportunity to continue my collegiate soccer career."
Canizales plans to study kinesiology while attending UHV.
Rigby on Canizales: "Nathalia is a very technical midfielder with a drive to compete and improve in every training session. She is an experienced collegiate player who previously played at the NCAA Division I level. We are delighted to welcome Nathalia into the program and we're looking forward to her using her experience to raise the tempo on a daily basis."
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