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UNIVERSITY INFORMATION School: TAMIU Location: Laredo, Texas Founded: 1970 Mascot: Dustdevils Conference: Heartland Conference Enrollment: 7,039 Colors: Maroon, Silver Stadium: Dustdevil Field Capacity: 4,000 President: Dr. Ray Keck Director of Athletics: Dr. Leonard Nardone Senior Associate AD: Claudio Arias Internet Address:

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UNIVERSITY REC CENTER INFORMATION The strength and conditioning staff at Texas A&M International University believes the pursuit of excellence in is student athletes as well as in itself. It is their goal to provide each student-athlete with personalized instruction and a program tailored to meet the demands of each sport and position in TAMIU’s training facility Every student-athlete will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their sport performance through proper training and conditioning until they have fulfilled, if not exceeded, their athletic potential.

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NCAA CONFERENCE INFORMATION NCAA Division II Heartland Conference The Heartland Conference is an NCAA Division II conference, founded in 1999, that currently consists of nine schools, six from Texas, and one each from Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The schools comprising the Heartland Conference stretch from as far north as Wichita, Kan., as far east as Fort Smith, Ark., as far south as Laredo, Texas, and as far west as Goodwell, Oklahoma. The Conference stretches over a distance of 1,050 miles north to south and 610 east to west. The schools that are in the Heartland Conference include founding members St. Edward’s University (Austin, Texas), and St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas), and expansion members Dallas Baptist University (Dallas, Texas) in 2002 and again in 2004, Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Oklahoma) in 2002, and Newman University (Wichita, Kansas), Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas) and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) in 2006, and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (2009). Among the many accomplishments of these institutions are national championships in baseball, golf, swimming, basketball, softball, and nationally ranked teams in all sports. The strength of the student-athlete concept is well supported by the many NCAA scholar-athletes in each school, the high cumulative GPA of the student-athletes in each school, and the high number of student-athletes who graduate from each institution in the Heartland. The Heartland Conference is the newest of the NCAA Division II conferences. At the present time, there are 23 conferences in NCAA Division II, totaling almost 300 institutions in full or provisional status across the nation. Members of NCAA Division II believe that a well-conducted intercollegiate athletics program, based on sound educational principles and practices, is a proper part of the educational mission of a university or college and that the educational welfare of the participating student-athlete is of primary concern.

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2012 Women’s Soccer Schedule Date Opponent Site 8/18 - Saturday 8/25 - Saturday 9/2 - Sunday 9/5 - Wednesday 9/11 - Tuesday 9/16 - Sunday 9/20 - Thursday 9/22 - Saturday 9/27 - Thursday 9/29 - Saturday 10/4 - Thursday 10/6 - Saturday 10/8 - Monday 10/11 - Thursday 10/13 - Saturday 10/18 - Thursday 10/20 - Saturday 10/25 - Thursday 10/27 - Saturday 10/29 - Monday

UT-Brownsville (Exhibition) Mont. Tech (Exhibition) at Central Oklahoma St. Mary’s * at Huston Tillotson at St. Mary’s * Newman * Oklahoma Christian * at UT-Permian Basin * at McMurry * Dallas Baptist * St. Edwards * (Alumni Weekend) at Houston-Victoria UT-Permian Basin * McMurry * at Newman * at Oklahoma Christian * at Dallas Baptist * at St. Edward’s * Houston-Victoria

Laredo, TX Laredo, TX San Antonio, TX Laredo, TX Austin, TX San Antonio, TX Laredo, TX Laredo, TX Odessa, TX Abilene,TX Laredo, TX Laredo, TX Victoria, TX Laredo, TX Laredo, TX Wichita, KS Oklahoma City, OK Dallas, TX Austin, TX Laredo, TX

Home games in BOLD *Indicates Heartland Conference Matchups


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2012 Women’s Soccer Roster No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Hometown

1 Aissa Pedraza GK Jr. 5’8” Caquas, Puerto Rico 2 Paige Johnson D Fr. 5’9’’ St. Petersburg, Florida 3 Kim Garcia FW Fr. 5’3’’ Corpus Christi, Texas 4 Allysa Pérez D Jr. 5’4” Edinburg, Texas 5 Karina Garcia MF Fr. 5’4” Laredo, Texas 6 Georgette Galvan D Fr. 5’4” Laredo, Texas 7 Kandice Bernal MF Fr. 5’7” Corpus Christi, Texas 8 Briana Garcia MF Sr. 5’6” Phoenix, Arizona. 9 Sol Medina MF Jr. 5’6” College Station, Texas 10 Jessica Parker F So. 5’7” Jacksonville, Florida 11 Rebecca Swanson MF Sr. 5’5’’ San Antonio, Texas 12 Laura Twinem MF So. 5’8” Ontario, Canada 13 Sam Zerelli MF Jr. 5’6’’ Detroit, Michigan 14 Christine Duran D Fr. 5’8” Corpus Christi, Texas 15 Valeria Jaramillo D Fr. 5’9” Cali, Colombia 16 Whitney Fullmer MF Sr. 5’7’’ San Antonio, Texas 17 Laura Flores D Fr. 5’6’’ Corpus Christi, Texas 18 Claudia De Lara D Fr. 5’9’’ El Paso, Texas 19 Lina De La Rosa D Sr. 5’9” San Antonio, Texas 20 Crystal Zapien MF Fr. 5’6’’ Dallas, Texas 21 Rosalia Pujols F Fr. 5’6” Dominican Republic 23 Claudia Salcedo F Jr. 5’6” St. Petersberg, Florida 24 Katelin Jennings MF Jr. 5’6” Martinez, California 25 Kirsten Jennings F Sr. 5’6 Martinez, California 26 Cynthia Cervantes MF So. 5’6” El Paso, Texas 27 Shelby Williams MF Jr. 5’8” Newport Beach, California 28 Virdiana Torres F Fr. 5’6” Edinburg, Texas 29 Noemy Salazar FW Sr. 5’8’’ Phoenix, Arizona 30 Anna Martinez GK Fr. 5’9’’ Laredo, Texas Head Coach: Claudio Arias (Bryan College) Associate Head Coach: Felipe Munoz (TAMIU) Assistant Coaches: Luís Rincon (TAMIU): Victor Manrique (TAMIU)

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SEASON OUTLOOK 2012 Women’s Soccer Preview The Texas A&M International University women’s soccer team suffered a disappointing 2011 campaign, finishing 2-15-1 overall and 1-8 in conference play. Despite what their record may suggest, the ladies made significant gains from their previous season, winning their second ever conference game and losing five games by only a single goal, including three heartbreaking losses in overtime. The Dustdevils return in 2012 with 16 new players and a solid core of returning upper classmen that should bolster their chances at a post season berth. Forwards While the team struggled to put goals on the board last season, there was no shortage of opportunities. With the healthy return of senior Kirsten Jennings, the Dustdevils should be better able to capitalize on their scoring chances. Jennings, a natural goal-scorer, was hampered by injury last season and still managed to finish with two goals on 14 total shots. She will be joined by returning letterman Jessica Parker and Noemi Salazar. Freshmen Kim García (Corpus Christi, TX) and Rosalia Pujols (Dominican Republic) both bring tremendous speed to the pitch and will challenge the incumbents for a starting spot. Midfielders The Dustdevils added five new players to their stable of midfielders providing much needed depth for a group who was rarely able to rest last season. Six letterman return including Briana García, Laura Twinem, Alyssa Perez, Whitney Fulmer, Rebecca Swanson and Sol Medina. Perez ranked near the top of the team with 15 total shots, while García and Twinem bring serious physicality and strength to the group. Freshman Karina García (Laredo, TX) has the talent to challenge for a starting role and fellow newcomers Kandice Bernal (Fr. - Corpus Christi, TX), Sam Zerelli (Jr. - Detroit, MI), Crystal Zapien (RS Fr. - Dallas, TX), and Cynthia Cervantez (So. – El Paso, TX) will give the coaching staff plenty of options. Defenders Senior Lina De La Rosa returns to the TAMIU back line joined by five freshmen looking to make an impact. Paige Johnson (Fr. – St. Petersburg, FL), Christine Duran (Fr. – Corpus Christi, TX), and Claudia De Lara (Fr. – El Paso, TX) have the potential to step into a starting role, while Laura Flores (Fr. – Corpus Christi, TX) and Georgette Galvan (Fr. – Laredo, TX) will make a strong push for playing time. Goalkeepers With senior Noemi Salazar moving from goalkeeper to forward for the 2012 campaign, the battle for the starting job is wide open. Three candidates, Aissa Pedraza (Jr. - Caquas, Puerto Rico), Katelin Jennings (Jr. - Martínez, CA), and Anna Martínez (Fr. - Laredo, TX), will battle for a starting role. Pedraza is a junior transfer from Puerto Rico who last played for Albergue Olímpico, Jennings is making the move from midfielder to keeper, and Martínez is coming off a spectacular senior year at United High School.

The Dustdevils will have a chance to open the season with a statement, playing five of their first eight games on their home pitch. The ladies will kick things off with exhibitions versus Dynamo Coastal Bend G95 and Monterrey Tech, before traveling to San Antonio to take on Central Oklahoma in their regular season opener.

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1 Aissa Pedraza Cl: Jr. • Pos: GK

Hometown: Caquas, Puerto Rico High School: Albergue Olimpico FC Height: 5-8

Junior College

• Played in 17 games and a total of 1106 minutes (2011) • Tallied 95 shots on goal (2011) • Recorded 85 saves as a goal keeper (2011) • Allowed ten total goals (2011) • Finished season with a save percentage of .814 • Albergue Olimpico:


Daughter of Mirza Edmee Lopez Rosa and Jesus Alberto Pedraza Merced … Has one brother named Jesus Pedraza … Has been playing soccer for five years … Majoring in accounting … Favorite athlete is Iker Casillas … Favorite pro sports team is Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is at home … Favorite quote is, “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving”

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4 Allysa Pérez Cl: Jr. • Pos: D

Hometown: Edinburg, Texas High School: Edinburg North Height: 5-4


• Played in all 18 games with 11 starts for the Dustdevils • Third on the team with 15 total shots • Fifth on the team with seven shots on goal • Recorded a personal best six shots versus Palm Beach Atlantic • Finished with a .467 shooting percentage.


• Contributed two goals and one assist • Scored game winning goal in overtime against UT-Permian Basin

Edinburg North High School:

• Lettered in soccer, volleyball and cross country • MVP and City Player of the Year in soccer • First-team All-Valley in cross country.

Personal: Daughter of Juan and Bertha Pérez ... majoring in communications disorders ... favorite book is “A Thousand Splendid Suns” ... most inspired by Lionel Messi ... favorite quote is “Those who say it can’t be done should step outside those who are doing it.”

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8 Briana García Cl: Sr. • Pos: MF

Hometown: Phoneix, Arizona Last School: Phoneix CC High School: Millennium HS Height: 5-6


• Started in all 18 games • Took three total shots on the year • Took two shots on goal and tallied a .667 shooting percentage


•Redshirted at the University of Hawaii

Phoenix CC:

• Played two seasons at Phoenix College • Started all 42 matches during her playing career at • Finished with seven career goals and eight assists


Daughter of Francisco García and Scott and Sonja Crichton ... majoring in criminal justice ... favorite class is Spanish ... most inspired by her siblings ... favorite quote “Living with an open mind and open wings.”

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9 Sol Medina Cl: Jr. • Pos: MF/F

Hometown: College Station, Texas High School: Nixon HS Height: 5-6


• Appeared in 12 games with nine starts on the year • Ranked eighth on the team with five total shots • Finished with a shots on goal percentage of .800


• Ranked second on the squad with 10 points • Tied for second on the team with three goals • Provided a key assist on opening goal in 2-1 win over UT-Permian Basin.

Nixon HS:

• Lettered in soccer and golf at Nixon High School • Two-time Offensive MVP • State cross country runner • National Honor Society

Personal: Daughter of Arcelia Medina ... majoring in criminal justice with a minor in business admin-

istration ... favorite book is “The Shack” ... favorite color is maroon ... most inspired by Mia Hamm ... born and raised in Central Texas with the spirit of Aggieland.

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11 Rebecca Swanson

Cl: Sr. • Pos: MF

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas High School: Lee HS Height: 5-5


• Appeared in 15 games for the Dustdevils • Finished with two shots and one shot on goal • Finished with a shots on goal percentage of .500


• Team captain with starts in all 16 games

Lee HS:

• Four-year letter winner in soccer at Robert E. Lee High School • First-team All-District as a junior and senior • Second-team All-District as a sophomore • All-Tournament and MVP as a senior.


Daughter of Mark and Maria Swanson ... majoring in art education with a minor in art history ... favorite vacation spot is California ... most inspired by Jesus ... favorite quote is “Go hard or go home.”

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13 Sam Zerelli

Cl: Jr. • Pos: MF

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan High School: Chippewa Valley HS Height: 5-3

Schoolcraft College:

• First Team All-Conference as a sophomore • Started all 22 games • Helped team to a no. 1 ranking in state of Michigan

Ferris State University:

• Started 12 games as a freshman • Scored five goals and tallied five assists

Chippewa Valley High School

• Four years varsity soccer • Two-Time Second Team All-County selection • Helped team win Mac red division • Two-Time team captain

Personal: Daughter of Hollie and Gary Zerilli … Has three siblings Alexis, Jospeh and Gary … Has played soccer for 16 years … Majoring in criminal justice … Favorite athlete is Tim Tebow … Favorite pro sports team is the Detroit Red Wings … Favorite vacation spot is the Bahamas … Favorite book is “The Harry Potter Series” … Favorite quote is, “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”

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16 Whitney Fullmer Cl: Sr. • Pos: MF

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas High School: Southwest HS Height: 5-7


• Played in 17 games with 13 starts • Scored one goal and had two points on the year • Took four total shots on the season • Finished with shots on goal percentage of 1.000 • Sixth on the team in points • Fifth on the team in goals • Tenth on the team in shots • Ninth on the team in shots on goal

• Earned four letters apiece in volleyball and soccer at Southwest High School • MVP for both sports • Four-time first-team All District in soccer • MVP as a senior • Honor Roll

2010: • Played in all 16 games Southwest HS:

Personal: Daughter of James and Barbara Fullmer ... majoring in sports and fitness with a minor in

special education ... favorite book is “The Bible”... favorite vacation spot is Cozumel ... most inspired by Jesus Christ ... favorite quote is “Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them but do not settle for them,” by Mia Hamm

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19 Lina De La Rosa Cl: Sr. • Pos: D

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas High School: Taft HS Height: 5-9


• Played 12 games starting in six • Ended season with one shot


• Played in 13 games

Taft HS:

• Two-time first-team All-District 28-5A • TASCO All State and Regional


Daughter of Marco and Bianca De La Rosa ... majoring in communication disorders ... favorite book is “The Catcher In The Rye” ... most inspired by Socrates ... favorite quote is “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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23 Kirsten Jennings Cl: Sr. • Pos: F

Hometown: Martinez, California High School: Alhambra HS Height: 5-6


• Played in all 18 games making 11 starts • Scored two goals • Finished season with four points and eight shots on goal

Solano College:

• Tallied 25 goals and 18 assists in two-year career at Solano College • Team captain • Helped lead team to #9 national ranking as a freshman

Alhambra HS:

• Lettered at Alhambra High School • Second-team All League


Daughter of Ross and Karen Jennings ... majoring in criminal justice with a minor in criminal justice ... favorite vacation spot is Stonyford, Calif. ... most inspired by Walt Disney ... favorite quote is “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them,” by Walt Disney

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24 Katelin Jennings Cl: Jr. • Pos: MF

Hometown: Martinez, California High School: Alhambra HS Height: 5-6


• Redshirt season

Alhambra HS:

• Lettered in soccer at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif.


Daughter of Karen and Ross Jennings ... favorite vacation spot is New Orleans ... favorite book is “The Art Of Racing In The Rain” ... most admired historical figure is Walt Disney ... favorite quote is “You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around the whole time,” by Jim Bouton.

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29 Noemi Salazar Cl: Sr. • Pos: F

Hometown: Phoenix, ArizonaHigh School: Kofa HS Height: 5-8


• Played in 17 games with 10 starts • Finished with 92 saves and two shutouts • Tallied save percentage of .667 on the year • Finished with a goals against average of 2.46 • Recorded a season high 10 saves versus UT-Brownsville on September 10 • Named conference player of the week October 3, 2011


• Medical redshirt

Paradise Valley CC (2009):

• Ranked second in NJCAA goalkeeping as a sophomore, allowing only three goals in 1,058 minutes (0.25 GAA) • Finished with the best goalkeeping record in school history

Hofa HS:

• Earned four letters in soccer at Kofa High School • First-team All-Region goalkeeper • Graduated in top three percent of class.


Daughter of Maria and Inocencio Salazar ... majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology ... member of TAMIU Dean’s List and active member of Campus Activities Board ... favorite vacation spot is Rocky Point, Mexico ... most inspired by her parents

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2 Paige Johnson Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

IMG Pendleton:

• Three years varsity soccer • Best defensive player (2010) • All-County Second Team (2009)


Daughter of Amy and Scott Johnson … Has two siblings Brie and Kai … Has been playing soccer for 11 years … Majoring in business … Favorite athlete is Lionel Messi … Favorite pro sports team is FC Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil … Favorite books are “The Uglies Series” and “The Hunger Games” … Favorite Quote is, “If you don’t live for something, you’ll die for nothing”

3 Kimberly García Cl: Fr. • Pos: MF Carroll HS:

• Four years varsity soccer • District Champions (2011-12) • Bi-District Champions (2012) • CCISD First team honorable mention (2011) • Second team honorable mention Brenham Tournament (2011) • District leading scorer (2011) • Second Team All-District (2011)


Born in Austin, Texas … Daughter of Edward and Yvette Garcia … Has three siblings Stephanie, Eddie and Isaac … Has played soccer for 13 years … Majoring in criminal justice … Favorite athlete is Mia Hamm … Favorite sports team is the U.S. women’s soccer team … Favorite vacation spot is the beach … Favorite book is “The Hunger Games Trilogy” … Favorite quotes are, “The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you” and “Be strong in the lord and his mighty power” Ephesians 6:10

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5 Karina García Cl: Fr. • Pos: MF

United HS:

• Played four years varsity soccer for the Longhorns • Also lettered in track and field


Daughter of Luz and Fernando Garcia … Has two siblings Fernando and Armando … Majoring in psychology … Favorite athlete is Carlos Puyol … Favorite pro sports team is Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Cancun, Mexico … Favorite book is “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher … Favorite quote is, “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

6 Georgette Galvan Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

Alexander HS:

• Four year varsity letterman • District MVP (2011-12) • District Co-Defensive Player of the Year (2011-12) • First team All-District (2011-2012, 2010-2011

Personal: Daughter of Jorge Alberto and Maria Rita Galvan … Has one sister named Rita … Majoring in biology … Favorite athlete is Lionel Messi … Favorite pro sports team is FC Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Bustamante, Nuevo Leon … Favorite book is “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher … Favorite quote is, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” – Mae West

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7 Kandice Bernal Cl: Fr. • Pos: MF King HS:

• Four years varsity starter • Also played basketball, softball and golf • Team Captain and team MVP (2011) • District offensive MVP (2011) • First team All-District and All-Region (2010) • First team All-District and first team All-South Texas (2009) • First team All-District, first team All-South Texas and team offensive MVP (2008) • Netted 65 goals and 48 assists (2010) • District Champions (2010)

Personal: Daughter of Paul and Criselda Bernal … Has an older sister named Kristen … Has been

playing soccer for 13 years … Majoring in Fitness and Sports … Favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo … Favorite pro sports team is the Boston Red Sox … Favorite vacation spot is Disney World and Universal Studios … Favorite book is “The Green Mile” by Stephen King … Favorite quote is, “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson

10 Jessica Parker Cl: So. • Pos: FW


• Played in 17 games making nine starts • Finished season with three shots, one on goal • Paxon School for Advanced Studies: • Five-sport letter winner • Helped lead team to three Gateway Conference titles • Voted best All-Around player as a senior


Daughter of Stacey and Cecil Parker ... majoring in marketing ... favorite vacation spot is Canada ... favorite book is “Where The Red Fern Grows” ... favorite quote is “Live As If You Will Die Today.”

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12 Laura Twinem Cl: So. • Pos: MF East Elgin Secondary School:

• Lettered in soccer and basketball at East Elgin Secondary School • Helped lead soccer to Elite 8 round of the Ontario Provincial Championships as a senior • Team captain • Team captain and All Conference pick in basketball as well • Junior athlete of the year

Personal: Daughter of John and Jo-Anne Twinem ... majoring in nursing ... favorite vacation spot is Peru ... most inspired by Winston Churchill ... favorite quote is “All we need to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us,” by J.R.R. Tolkien.

14 Christine Duran Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

King HS:

• Four years varsity soccer for the Mustangs • Four years varsity track • Four years on the Richard King Drumline

Personal: Daughter of Adrian and Diana Duran … has two sisters Trinity and Shelby Duran … majoring in psychology … favorite quote, “I’m motivated by proving others wrong.”

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15 Valeria Jaramillo Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

School: N/A Personal: N/A

17 Laura Flores Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

Flour Bluff HS:

• Three years varsity soccer • Also ran cross country and track

Personal: Born in San Antonio, Texas … Daughter of Raul and Susan Flores … Has played soccer for 13 years … Majoring in Nursing … Favorite vacation spot is South Beach Miami, Florida

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18 Claudia De Lara Cl: Fr. • Pos: D

Del Valle HS:

• Two years varsity soccer • Also played basketball and ran track

Personal: Daughter of Irasema and Oscar Vicente De Lara … Has two siblings Oscar and Karen …

Has played soccer for 12 years … Majoring in criminal justice … Favorite athlete is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez … Favorite pro sports team is FC Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Tijuana, Baja California Mexico … Favorite quotes are, “Playing soccer with your feet is one thing, but playing soccer with your heart is another”, “It takes an athlete to play soccer but an artist to be a soccer player”, “Anyone who thinks sunshine is happiness has never played soccer in the rain”, “Soccer players aren’t made of their technique, they’re made of their passion”, “Never let the chance of losing keep you from playing the game you were meant to play”

20 Crystal Zapien Cl: Fr. • Pos: MF


• Redshirted

Skyline HS:

• Two-time Offensive MVP • Two-time first-team All District • Team captain as a senior • National Honor Society

Personal: Daughter of Nancy and Calixto Zapien ... majoring in nursing.

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21 Rosalia Pujols Burgos Cl: Fr. • Pos: F

Colegio Babeque Secundaria:

• Four years varsity soccer for the Mustangs • Four years varsity track • Four years on the Richard King Drumline - Four years varsity soccer •Team captain as a senior • Scored four goals in four games during a tournament in Miami, FL

Personal: Daughter of Manuel Pujols and Angela Burgos ... Has three siblings Mario, Pedro, and Amelia

Pujols ... Majoring in business administration with a concentration in international economics ... Favorite athlete is Leo Messi ... Favorite pro sports team is Barcelona ... Favorite vacation spot is the beach in Santo Domingo ... Favorite quote, “The size of your success depends on the depth of your desire.”

25 Bianca Valles Cl: So. • Pos: M

Western Texas College:

• Played in 16 games • Scored seven goals • Contributed six assists

Del Valle HS:

• Three year varsity letterman • Also lettered in track and field and cross country • Tallied 16 goals and 11 assists

Personal: Daughter of Martha Bistrain & Abelardo Valles … Has five siblings Abelardo, Viviana, Karla, Brenda & Ronaldo Valles … Majoring in Criminal Justice … Favorite athlete is Lionel Messi … Favorite pro sports team is Bercelona … Favorite vacation spot is South Padre Island, Texas … Favorite book is “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch … Favorite quote is, “llorando y trabajando” – by Martha Bistrain aka my mom

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26 Cynthia Cervantes Cl: So. • Pos: MF

Lees McRae College:

• Freshman Conference of the Carolinas Champion

Bel Air HS:

• Four time team MVP • Two time Bel Air cross country team MVP

Personal: Daugher of Enrique and Martha Cervantes … majoring in fitness and sports … favorite ath-

letes are Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach … favorite pro sports teams are F.C. Barcelona, Chivas and the U.S. National Team … favorite vacation spot is Sevilla, Spain … favorite book is “The Crossing” by Serita Jakes … favorite quote is, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” - Pele

28 Virdiana Torres Cl: Fr. • Pos: F

Edinburg HS:

• Four years varsity soccer • Four-time first team All-District selection • Team MVP as a junior • Team utility player award winner

Personal:Daughter of Maria and Felipe Torres … Has ten siblings … Majoring in communication disor-

ders … Favorite athlete is Giovanni Dos Santos … Favorite pro sports team is Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Seattle, Washington … Favorite book is The Twilight Saga … Favorite quote is, “Expect the unexcpeted.”

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30 Anna MArtinez

Cl: Fr. • Pos: GK United HS:

• Team MVP (2011) • Recorded five shutouts in goal (2011) • Four year varsity letter winner • Also played basketball and volleyball


Daughter of Ana and Manuel Martinez … Majoring in Fitness and Sports … Started playing soccer in third grade … Favorite athletes are Lindsey Vonn and Hope Solo … Favorite pro sports teams are Cruz Azul and Barcelona … Favorite vacation spot is Cancun, Mexico … Favorite book is “The Hunger Games” … Favorite Quote is, “Look beyond what you see” from the Lion King

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Claudio Arias

Head Coach

9 in the 2009 season, to 39-20 in Arias’ first season at the helm. Prior to arriving at TAMIU, Arias served four seasons as head coach at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) in South Carolina. He led SWU to the 2003 Georgia-Alabama-Carolinas Conference title, with a 2-1 overtime win over nationally-ranked (#2) Auburn-Montgomery in the semifinals. Arias played collegiate soccer for Bryan College in Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He also holds a master’s in health and exercise science from Furman University. Arias played professionally for the ShreveportBossier Lions of the USISL and the Greenville Lions of the PDL as well as for Deportes Concepción in Chile. He holds a Premier National Diploma with the NSCAA and an “A” license with the USSF. Claudio Arias is entering his third season as Head Coach of the Texas A&M International University women’s soccer team. During his tenure in Laredo, Coach Arias has helped to steadily transform the Dustdevils into a serious contender in the Heartland Conference.

Arias and his wife Nicole are the proud parents of three daughters; Rebecca Nicole, Andrea Belen and Sarah Elizabeth and a son, Christian Hugo.

In their most recent campaign the Dustdevils finished only 2-15-1, but took a huge step forward defeating conference foe Newman University for the first time in program history. The win also marked the Dustdevils second-ever victory in Heartland Conference play. Arias took over as head coach of the TAMIU women in 2010, directing a team that had little success in recent years to a four-win season. The Dustdevils were also able to trim their scoring deficit from 109-

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Felipe Muñoz Associate Head Coach

game. Munoz served as team captain as a senior, was selected to the All-Red River Conference firstteam, and was named the team’s Defensive MVP for the second straight year. After concluding his playing career, Munoz took his first coaching position as boys Head Coach at St. John’s Country Day School in Orange Park, Fla. During his four-year term, he led the Spartans to two Regional Finals appearances and helped four student-athletes move on to play college soccer. Munoz concurrently taught elementary and middle school physical education courses during his tenure at St. John’s. He also served as Director of Coaching at Westside Soccer Club and Infinity Soccer upon his return to Florida.

Texas A&M International University alum Felipe Munoz enters his third season as associate head coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. A former standout defender for the Dustdevils, Coach Munoz has helped guide the men’s soccer team to back-to-back conference titles Munoz played two seasons at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, after concluding an outstanding high school career at Orange Park High School in Florida. During his high school career he helped lead his team to three Final Fours and one State Championship.

During the summer Munoz serves as the assistant coach for the Florida Sol, one of the latest franchises to emerge from the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League). In his two years with the Sol, Coach Munoz has led the team to back-to-back conference finals. Munoz earned a bachelor’s degree in fitness and sports from TAMIU in 2006 and is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Administration. He holds a Premier Diploma and an Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma with the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), where he serves as an associate staff member. In addition, he holds a B-License and a National Youth License with the United States Soccer Federation.

Munoz was named TAMIU Defensive Player of the Year in his first season with the team in 2004. He played a key role in leading TAMIU to its second straight Red River Athletic Conference Championship title and a spot in the NAIA Region VI title

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Luís Ricon Assistant Coach

turned in the summer of 2012 to serve as a coach in addition to his work with the club’s goalkeepers. In his two seasons as a goalkeeper for the Dustdevils, Rincon finished with 12 career wins and an outstanding 1.06 goals against average. He was named Heartland Conference Defensive Player of the Week four times and concluded his career by earning first-team All-Heartland Conference honors as a senior, after tying for ninth in the NCAA final statistical rankings with a .857 save percentage. Before joining the Dustdevils, Rincón played two seasons at NAIA Warner University where he achieved different accomplishments such as M.V.P and Florida Sun Conference Player of the week.

Luis Rincón, a former standout goalkeeper for Texas A&M International University, enters his third season as an assistant soccer coach with the men’s soccer team. Coach Rincon has played a key role in guiding the Dustdevils to back-to-back Heartland Conference Championships.

Prior to arriving in the United States, Rincon played for Millonarios, a formal professional club and Colombian National Youth Team. Rincon also represented his country in different tournament such as: the Nike Premier Cup under 15 Latin America Chile 1999; Venezuela World Cup under 15 1999; Nike Premier Cup under 15 Latin America Mexico 2000; Venezuela World Cup under 15 2000 and South American tournament under 17 Ecuador 2002. Rincón hold a bachelor’s in business administration and a MBA, both from Texas A&M International University. He also holds a National Diploma license with the NSCAA.

One of Coach Rincon’s primary responsibilities was the development of TAMIU goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias. The senior finished the season with a 13-8 record posting 5.5 shutouts with 30 saves and was named the Heartland Conference Player of the Year. Rincon also played a huge role in the recruitment of Guilherme Andrade and Elkin Marin-Tobar, who were both selected to the All-Conference Team. In the summer of 2011, Coach Rincon served as a player development specialist with the Eden Prairie Soccer Club in Eden Prairie Minnesota. He re-

Woman’s Soccer


Ernst Feisner

Aaron Garza

Head Athletic Trainer

Strength and Conditioning Coach

An original staff member, Ernst Feisner is in his tenth year as head athletic trainer at Texas A&M International University. He supervises a wide-range of responsibilities pertaining to the physical well being of studentathletes ranging from injury prevention to injury rehabilitation. He also has served as the chair of the sports medicine department of the Heartland Conference for the past four years.

Aaron Garza enters his first year as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Texas A&M International University. His primary role is to provide each student-athlete with personalized instruction and a program tailored to meet the demands of each sport and position. In total Garza has over 6 years of strength training experience.

Prior to arriving in Laredo in 2002, Feisner served for four years as the first full time assistant athletic trainer at William Paterson University. He studied movement science with a concentration in athletic training at William Paterson University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1991. He then moved on to the University of North Carolina where he spent two years earning his master degree in Physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. During his time in Chapel Hill he also worked as an athletic trainer for the Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Softball, and Men’s Basketball teams and taught courses in Archery, Weight Training, Racketball, Conditioning, and Laboratory instruction in cadaver anatomy. He began his career at Belmont Abbey College as head athletic trainer in 1993, before moving on to Earlham College in 1995. After three years at Earlham College he returned to his Alma Mater taking the job as the first full time assistant athletic trainer. Feisner has held several professional certifications including the Athletic Trainer Certification (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS), and Nutritional Advisor Certification (CNA). He currently holds a Texas License for athletic training and has worked as an examiner for the Texas State Licensing Exam. In addition, he has worked with several of Laredo’s professional minor league teams over the past eight years including the Laredo Broncos, Laredo Heat, Laredo Law, and

Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Garza graduated from Nixon High School where he earned first team AllDistrict and All-City honors as a senior playing for the Mustangs basketball team. Following his graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps for five years, which included three oversea deployments on the USS Germantown and the USS Ft. McHenry. After his service in the military was complete, Garza enrolled at TAMIU where he played basketball for the Dustdevils for three seasons, serving as a team captain for two years. He stayed on with the team as a graduate assistant for two additional years, specializing in strength training. In 2006 he completed his undergraduate coursework receiving his bachelor’s degree in fitness and sports and was promoted to a full time assistant coaching position with the TAMIU men’s basketball team. In 2008 Garza was signed to play professional basketball in Mexico where he played for two seasons. When his playing career came to an end, he returned to TAMIU taking a job as the strength and conditioning specialist with the recreational sports department, where he has served for the last three years.

Woman’s Soccer

YEAR IN REVIEW 2011 A&M International Women's Soccer A&M International Category Leaders (as of Jul 19, 2012) All games ## Points

7 27 25 5 16 17 14 6 TM

Alyssa Flores Shelby Williams Kirsten Jennings Jessica Garcia Whitney Fullmer Jessica Salas Allysa Oelschlager Lisette Gil TEAM

## Goals

7 27 5 16 25 17 TM

Alyssa Flores Shelby Williams Jessica Garcia Whitney Fullmer Kirsten Jennings Jessica Salas TEAM

## Assists

17 14 6 27

Jessica Salas Allysa Oelschlager Lisette Gil Shelby Williams




18 9 18 18 17 16 11 18 17

3 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 1

0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0




18 9 18 17 18 16 17

3 2 2 2 2 1 1

0 1 0 0 0 2 0




16 11 18 9

1 0 0 2

2 1 1 1

Pts Shots

6 5 4 4 4 4 1 1 2

27 19 14 8 5 12 11 3 0

## Shots

7 27 4 25 17 14 5 18 16 9

Alyssa Flores Shelby Williams Allysa Perez Kirsten Jennings Jessica Salas Allysa Oelschlager Jessica Garcia Laura Twinem Whitney Fullmer Sol Medina



A Shots Shot%

18 9 18 18 16 11 18 18 17 12

3 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 0

0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0

27 19 15 14 12 11 8 6 5 5

.111 .105 .000 .143 .083 .000 .250 .000 .400 .000

Pts Shots

6 5 4 4 4 4 2

27 19 8 5 14 12 0

Pts Shots

4 1 1 5

12 11 3 19

## Shots on Goal

7 27 25 17 4 16 14 5 9 18

Alyssa Flores Shelby Williams Kirsten Jennings Jessica Salas Allysa Perez Whitney Fullmer Allysa Oelschlager Jessica Garcia Sol Medina Laura Twinem

## Game-winning Goals 7 Alyssa Flores 27 Shelby Williams



A Shots

18 9 18 16 18 17 11 18 12 18

3 2 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 0

0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0



18 9

1 1

27 19 14 12 15 5 11 8 5 6


16 11 8 8 7 5 4 4 4 2

.593 .579 .571 .667 .467 1.000 .364 .500 .800 .333

Woman’s Soccer

STATISTICS 2011 A&M International Women's Soccer A&M International Combined Team Statistics (as of Jul 19, 2012) All games RECORD: ALL GAMES CONFERENCE NON-CONFERENCE Date


* *

* * * * * *

Sep 01 Sep 04 Sep 07 Sep 11 Sep 16 Sep 20 Sep 24 Sep 26 Oct 2 Oct 06 Oct 08 Oct 11 Oct 16 Oct 21 Oct 23 Oct 27 Oct 29 Nov 1

Opponent UT-BROWNSVILLE at #21 Abilene Christian INCARNATE WORD vs OBUW CENTRAL OKLAHOMA at St. Mary's at Nova Southeastern at Palm Beach Atlantic NEWMAN at Dallas Baptist at St. Edward's at UT-Brownsville ST. MARY'S at Texas-Permian Basin at Newman DALLAS BAPTIST ST. EDWARD'S TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN

TEAM STATISTICS SHOT STATISTICS Goals-Shot attempts Goals scored per game Shot pct. Shots on goal-Attempts SOG pct. Shots/Game CORNER KICKS PENALTY KICKS PENALTIES Yellow cards Red cards ATTENDANCE Total Dates/Avg Per Date Neutral Site #/Avg

OVERALL 2-15-1 1-8 1-7-1

L ot L L ot W L L L T o2 W L L L L Lo2 L L L L

Score 1-2 0-4 1-2 1-0 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-0 2-1 0-5 0-3 2-5 0-2 3-4 0-1 1-2 1-3 0-1

Att. 183 100 207 0 56 55 167 40 102 100 108 125 125 50 189 120 75 77



13-140 0.72 . 093 78-140 . 557 7.8 46 2-2

46-271 2.56 . 170 138-271 . 509 15.1 76 1-1

14 2

14 0

945 8/118 1/0

934 9/104

HOME 1-7 1-4 0-3 ##


7 27 5 25 16 17 11 14 1 21 23 2 19 13 9 8 4 6 18 15

Alyssa Flores Shelby Williams Jessica Garcia Kirsten Jennings Whitney Fullmer Jessica Salas Rebecca Swanson Allysa Oelschlager Noemi Salazar Jessica Parker Ashley Wall Diana Aguillon Lina De La Rosa Adriana Nino Sol Medina Briana Garcia Allysa Perez Lisette Gil Laura Twinem Alejandra Cabrera Total Opponents




Noemi Salazar Total Opponents

AWAY 0-8-1 0-4 0-4-1

NEUTRAL 1-0 0-0 1-0

gp g a pts sh sh% sog sog% gw pk-att 18 3 0 6 27 .111 16 .593 1 1-1 9 2 1 5 19 .105 11 .579 1 1-1 18 2 0 4 8 .250 4 .500 0 0-0 18 2 0 4 14 .143 8 .571 0 0-0 17 2 0 4 5 .400 5 1.000 0 0-0 16 1 2 4 12 .083 8 .667 0 0-0 15 0 0 0 2 .000 1 .500 0 0-0 11 0 1 1 11 .000 4 .364 0 0-0 18 0 0 0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 17 0 0 0 3 .000 1 .333 0 0-0 3 0 0 0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 14 0 0 0 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 12 0 0 0 1 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 0 .000 0 0-0 12 0 0 0 5 .000 4 .800 0 0-0 18 0 0 0 3 .000 2 .667 0 0-0 18 0 0 0 15 .000 7 .467 0 0-0 18 0 1 1 3 .000 2 .667 0 0-0 18 0 0 0 6 .000 2 .333 0 0-0 12 0 0 0 4 .000 2 .500 0 0-0 18 13 5 31 140 .093 78 .557 2 2-2 18 46 38 130 271 .170 138 .509 15 1-1 GP 18 18 18

Min. 1681:20 1681:20 1681:20


46 46 13

GAAvg Saves

2.46 2.46 0.70

Goals by Period A&M International Opponents





6 19

7 24

0 2

0 1

Shots by Period A&M International Opponents





56 79 121 142

3 7

2 1

Saves by Period A&M International Opponents





45 25

44 38

3 1

0 1

Corners by Period A&M International Opponents





17 42

22 33

4 0

3 1

Fouls by Period A&M International Opponents





82 64

89 84

6 1

0 0



92 .667 2-14-1 92 .667 2-14-1 65 .833 14-2-1

2.0 2 9

Total 13 46 Total 140 271 Total 92 65 Total 46 76 Total 177 149


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