Alumni

Rio Rapids SC is proud to recognize the many alumni who have gone on to college and future successes in their lives and careers.  This includes an impressive 388 alumni who have played college soccer.  Lists of these alumni can be found here:

 


 

Interested in Coaching with Rio Rapids Soccer Club?

Given some thought to becoming a soccer coach? Don’t know where or how to get started? Rio Rapids SC has developed a program just for you! The club created a coach mentoring program in hopes of providing a way for former players and new coaches to gain experience coaching in the club setting. We provide coaching experiences with support and guidance from veteran coaches without having to deal directly with parent issues. For more information please contact Ray Nause, Director of Coaching Education and Development at raytunes@yahoo.com

 



 

Taylor Lytle Plays for Sky Blue FC

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Alumni News, Professional Soccer, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

Article/Interview with Taylor Lytle (former Rio 89G player) who currently plays professionally for Sky Blue FC. Taylor played for the Rio from U14-U18 (traveling each week from Las Cruces to play))

Thursday Q&A: Sky Blue FC midfielder Taylor Lytle

Former RRSC Players with Colorado Rapids, at Dallas Generation Adidas Cup

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Alumni News, CO Rapids News, Out of Town Tournaments, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

Colorado Rapids, at the Generation Adidas Cup

Great to see ex Rio Rapids SC players, Armando Munoz-Zarate, Jayson Baca and Milo Garvanian, who now represent the Colorado Rapids, at the Generation Adidas Cup this week in Dallas. The boys played against Malaga, Atlanta United and River Plate in the group stages of the competition, great job boys!

Kiva Gresham and her Devotion to Family and Soccer

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Alumni News, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

Kiva Gresham

By Kane McGuire

 March 31, 2017

When Kiva Gresham was four years old, people tried to make her switch from playing t-ball with the boys to playing softball with the girls.

She refused. So the next year she signed up for soccer instead and in her very first game, she scored not one … not two … not three … but four goals.

Needless to say, falling in love with soccer was pretty immediate. The first order of business was deciding what jersey number to wear. It only made sense to wear No. 4 after the hat trick plus one game.

Next was learning as much about her new-found sport as she could. With that, she got help from her first soccer coach, Jose.

“At one of my very first practices, our coach split us up into different coaches,” Kiva remembered. “Each country was like a little box on the ground and so we would all claim our own countries. I was always Brazil. We would have to do little ball skills and keep our ball in our own countries. That is one of my first memories of soccer is doing that.”

The coach tried to get Kiva to play in goal sometimes because she had quick hands. However, the first time she ever got scored on (blames the sun still to this day), she never played goalie again.

To her credit, the sun definitely beams bright in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was born and raised. Growing up, she played on the same team from the time she was five all the way until middle school. They used to practice at a local elementary school where they actually had that green stuff called grass.

Other fields and parks were more like hay on top of dirt in the city that sits on the northern tip of the Chihuahuan Desert.

As she grew older and got better, greener and better fields came into play. When middle school came around, she started to realize she was pretty good at this soccer thing. That is when she branched out and started to play competitive soccer for club teams.

As a result, Kiva started to gain a lot of interest from a lot of different colleges. Most were local, but she did turn down a scholarship offer to Texas Tech. Then one day back home after playing in a tournament in Houston, she got a phone call.

“We were so bad,” Kiva said about that the team in that tourney. “I guess I did something right as a striker because when I got home, [Louisiana Tech head coach Jennifer Soileau Burns] called me up and invited me to come to Tech. She told me about the program and her vision for going forward and changing the culture. She thought I could be a key person in that.

“When I came on my official visit, I remember landing in the Monroe airport. I thought what the heck am I getting myself into. I had never been to Louisiana before. It was not really until I met some of the girls on the team. One player in particular, Denise Wilson, I remember sitting with her at the football game and she made me feel so included and happy to be here. It was at that moment at the football game that I knew this is where I am going to come. It hit me out of the blue.”

She gave her commitment to LA Tech in November of 2006. Her senior year of high school was not even over before she found out coach Burns was leaving the program.

Despite the sudden unknown to her future, she never wavered in coming to Ruston. She was determined to come in and start, play day one and make an immediate impact on the program.

By mid-June, Kiva had a new head coach. His name was Kevin Sherry.

“I remember the first thing Kevin ever said to me,” Kiva said. “He called me up because he was asking for sizes for preseason. I told him my shoe size was 4 ½. I wear small, small, small. He was like, ‘How small are you?’ I responded with, ‘It is okay coach, I play big.’ He laughed. He had no idea who I was at that moment. We were both unknown to each other.”

Kiva was not your prototypical striker. Never had been. She was not 6-feet tall that played power soccer up top. She was 5-feet, 4-inches in height and always underestimated.

However, she was extremely competitive, a bit scrappy and had incredible technique, touch and decision-making.

Her kind of soccer fit perfect with coach Sherry’s kind of soccer.

Kiva’s first day at LA Tech was also coach Sherry’s first day on the job in preseason in 2007. Ten years later and they are still together and a lot of success has occurred in that decade of time. Sherry credits a lot of that to the New Mexican forward.

“I have seen Kiva develop as a player and as a person over the 10 years into someone who truly reflects everything good about LA Tech Soccer,” Sherry said. “She is by far the best soccer player ever to play in the soccer program from its inception in 2004. When I took over the program, we built the team around Kiva, not only on the field but the culture of the program away from the field.

“The LA Tech Soccer story really began the moment Kiva agreed to buy into what we wanted to do and how we were going to make changes. She committed herself 100 percent to the project and without that commitment, I am very confident the program would not be what it is today.”

That first year for Kiva and coach Sherry was much more about change than it was winning. Only players who fit the core values and the new vision of the program remained. It was about the process of creating a sound culture within the program.

The Lady Techsters went 2-14-1 that year, playing on the turf of Joe Aillet Stadium. The next season as a sophomore, they were named the most improved team in the country with a 10-5-5 record.

“At that point, we had more than just six or seven players that were trying to play soccer together,” Kiva said. “It was more of that team camaraderie. We came together as a team and winning became something nice for us. Our ultimate goal was to win a conference game. We were so close. That was our goal. We were playing at Ruston Junior High School and there were four or five games that had gone into double overtime and we would either end up tying or losing in the last minute.”

Junior year came around and the team was about to play on their third pitch in three years. This would be the best one yet though. This one would be their own – the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.

The season opener came at home against Lamar and resulted in a 3-2 double overtime win. They would not be beaten the rest of non-conference. Then Western Athletic Conference play started up and it was five straight losses.

The sixth game was the home finale and it was against New Mexico State. Kiva, who was now playing full-time at forward instead of defender, scored the first goal, receiving a long ball over the top and then dribbling toward the keeper who stayed on her line and toe-poking it past her.

The Aggies equalized though with just over a minute left in regulation.

“It was one of those here we go again,” Kiva recalled. “We had so many strong personalities and good players on the team that we were not going to let this happen. We are going to win this game.”

She was right. In double overtime, she sprinted into the box when Olivia [Lukasewich] crossed the ball in, Kat McCullough dummied it and she hit it first time into the net.

The fans, with their pots and pans, erupted. Everyone stormed the field. There was a dogpile. It was like the team had won the World Cup.

Senior year quickly came for Kiva where there would be several memorable moments.

LA Tech took down Nevada, 3-1, in the second game of league play. A week later, they went and played at Boise State and shocked the reigning conference champion Broncos in a 1-0 victory.

The next match came against San Jose State in Ruston. It was an epic match that locals still talk about to this day. The Lady Techsters were down 4-2 with 10 minutes to go, and then the craziness happened.

Kiva cut the deficit down to one with her second goal of the game coming in the 84th minute. Later, with 30 seconds to go in regulation, her teammate Scottie Culton sent the match into overtime with a converted penalty kick.

Five minutes into the first overtime period, Kiva did her airplane celebration after recording a hat trick with the golden goal.

Of all these magical moments, none of them were her favorite that season. That honor belonged to the following weekend when she returned to her home state for her final collegiate road game.

“The trip to New Mexico State was the first time I had ever played in front of my grandma,” Kiva said while trying to hold back tears. “My whole family was there, aunts, uncles, nieces. It is only three hours from home. The first goal of the game was actually from Taylor Dennis who was my fellow New Mexican on the team. She hit a corner kick straight to my head and I just headed it near post.

“The stands erupted. We had more fans just between her and me. It was a very emotional moment. It was nice to have my family’s support there.”

Kiva and the team had done another first. They had qualified for the conference tournament. So much of it had to do with the established team culture. The team was a family.

Just like her family of teammates, the bond she has with her immediate family is unbreakable, especially after going through several hardships.

Her dad, Monty, got into a bad car accident that almost ended his life. He had to basically learn how to walk and talk and read and write all over again.

Her mom, Misty, battled and defeated breast cancer. Her older brother, Kyle, suffered a bad biking accident and had to stop racing BMX.

She is such a family-oriented person, that she makes the 14 ½ hour drive to Albuquerque three times a year for Thanksgiving, Christmas and one time during the summer.

“I make that drive with my four animals in my blue ’94 Honda Accord which is actually older now than all of the players on the team,” Kiva laughed. “It has 290,000 miles on it. I rolled my car, a ’95 Honda Accord, on my trip back my senior year, but we took the engine out of that car and put it in the one I have now.

“The current car has cruise control and power windows so it is much better. Cruise control is very vital to that trip. I’ve probably made the trip 50 times since I’ve been in Ruston.”

There is also Kiva’s animal family that she loves so dear. There are cats, Marley and Neytiri, which she has had for over a year. Then after seeing a video of a rabbit and a cat being friends, she wanted to make that happen.

That is when Gibbs, named after Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal (her favorite soccer team) joined the household. Then a few months later, another cat got inside her house and ended up staying. Meet Juno.

Kiva is very much a kid at heart. The things that make kids happy make her happy. Whether that be wearing panda socks with hearts on them or loving Disney movies, she has a special way of connecting with the players she now coaches as a fifth-year assistant at LA Tech and with the kids she comes in contact with through community service work.

“Kiva is one of the nicest people you are ever likely to meet and is a great ambassador for the program wherever she goes,” coach Sherry said. “When we do free coaching sessions for the young kids in the community, the kids flock to her. When we have recruits and their families visit, they always talk of how welcoming and nice Kiva was.

“The players feel very comfortable approaching her with any problem they may have. It makes my job easier and I am forever in her debt. She is such a wonderful person and the best soccer player ever to play at LA Tech.”

Her undeniable love of soccer is what brought her back to Ruston as a coach, two years after she graduated.

She spends, on average, about 25 hours a week on the pitch. A good chunk of that is practices and spending extra time with the strikers. The rest is playing soccer herself four to five times a week for two to three hours at a time.

The still undersized and underestimated striker, who accumulated 27 goals and 20 assists in her Lady Techster career and still owns the single-season record with 32 points, still has that incredible technique and decision-making too.

Just ask the current team who recently saw her score two goals on them in the annual spring alumni game.

35 Schools Represented at Rio Rapids College Fair

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 0 comments

Rio Rapids Soccer Club hosted its 3rd College Fair on Tuesday, December 27.  The Fair was a tremendous success as 48 Rio Rapids alumni and coaches who have or are currently playing college soccer attended representing 35 colleges/universities (2016 College Fair Participants).  These alumni and coaches were available as resources in an informal setting to discuss their school’s academic and athletic programs as well as their academic major with current Rio Rapids member families.

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 388 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

Rio Rapids Alumni Impact College Soccer Across the Country

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 1 comment

Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 76 of its alumni (48 women and 28 men) were a part of college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2016.  Fifteen of these players helped their team reach the national tournament.  James Schneebeck (95’s) was a part of the University of Denver team that advanced to the NCAA Division 1 Final Four.  Erika Nelson (94’s) at Division 1 Florida,  Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) at Division 3 Hardin-Simmons (TX) and Ryan Hunter (97’s) at Division 3 Trinity (TX) were all key contributors helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16.  Carlos Alonso (97’s) helped Trinidad State Junior College (CO) advance to the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament by winning the West Region.  Luke Lawrence (95’s), Chris Lovato (97’s), Ford Parker (97’s) and Lucas Seligman (95’s) were all a part of the University of New Mexico team that advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament.

Players contributing to their teams advancement to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament were:  Andres Delgadillo (96’s) at Division 2 Colorado Mesa, Avery Lewis (98’s) at Division 2 Midwestern State (TX), Mackenzie Miller (95’s) at Division 2 Rollins (FL) and Kaley Smith (94’s) at Division 1 Kansas.  Other players whose teams earned bids to the NCAA tournament include:  Cassie Boren (97’s) at Division 1 Texas Tech and Katie Stephenson (96’s) at Division 2 CSU-Pueblo.  Twelve players helped their teams win conference championships.

Many of these players received individual honors for their outstanding play.  Theo Hooker (96’s) of Colorado College was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-America 1st Team and the All-West 1st Team.  Four others earned regional recognition:  Carlos Alonso (97’s) of Trinidad College – NSCAA NJCAA Division 1 All-West 2nd Team, Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) of Hardin-Simmons – NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-West 3rd Team, Alexa Genas (98’s) of Campbell University – North Carolina All-State 2nd Team and Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis College – NSCAA NCAA Division 2 All-South Central 3rd Team.  Nine players were selected to their all-conference teams.  Caitlin Christiansen was also named the American Southwest Conference Co-Goalkeeper of the Year.  Alexa Genas and Jordyn Lacy (98’s) of the University of Texas-San Antonio were both named to the All-Freshman teams for their conference.

A number of players also received individual honors for excellence in the classroom.  Thirteen players were named to All-Academic Teams by their Conference.  Natalie DuBoise (96’s) of Lipscomb (TN) was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in addition to being recognized on the All-Academic Team.  Other All-Academic 1st team selections include: Cassie Boren (97’s) of Texas Tech and Kaley Smith (94’s) of Kansas in the Big 12 Conference; and Darin James (96’s) of South Dakota School of Mines and Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Below are complete lists of our alumni competing in college soccer this fall and their accomplishments.  Please join us in congratulating these players!

2016 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumnae Women’s College Soccer Accomplishments

2016 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumni Men’s College Soccer Accomplishments

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 388 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

Congrats to Natalie Duboise!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Alumni News, Front Slide Show, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

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Natalie Duboise

Congrats to former Rio Rapids SC player Natalie Duboise, who was named to a D1 First Team All-Conference team.  Natalie was also named to the Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference Team.

She was also named the conference Student Athlete of the year!

http://asunsports.org/sports/wsoc/2016-17/releases/20161026oc1m7k

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http://www.lipscombsports.com/wsoccer/news/2016-17/11606/duboise-named-scholar-athlete-of-the-year/

http://www.lipscombsports.com/wsoccer/news/2016-17/11600/womens-soccer-earns-near-sweep-of-asun-end-of-season-awards/

68 Rio Rapids 2016 Graduates Attending College

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Alumni News, College Search, Front Slide Show | 0 comments

Rio Rapids SC is thrilled to announce that 68 of its 2016 high school graduates are attending college this fall.  This includes 47 male and 21 female graduates.  The club is also excited that 23 of these graduates are playing college soccer this fall. 

Thirteen women are competing for the following colleges/universities:  Nicolette Jones and Lourdes Padilla at Adams State University (CO); Alexa Genas at Campbell University (NC); Avery Lewis at Midwestern State University (TX); Dmitri Fong, Jessica Hix, Sarah Lucero and Payton Sandoval-Belt at the University of New Mexico; Kelly Burton and Valerie Maestas at New Mexico State University; Aimee Shrock at Simpson College (IA), Ariel Roybal at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and Jordyn Lacy at the University of Texas-San Antonio. 

Ten men are competing for the following colleges/universities:   Caleb Cowert at Adams State University (CO); Andrea Seazzu at the United States Air Force Academy (CO); Alec Robertson at Colorado College; Tankred Steinbach at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Kyle Habetler and Robert Leonard at Eastern New Mexico University; Tanner Hendrix at Elmhurst College (IL); Devon Baird at Fort Lewis College (CO); Chris Lovato at the University of New Mexico and Jaren Robledo at Southern Virginia University.

Please join us in congratulating and sending along best wishes to all of these alumni attending college!

A full list of the college plans for our 2016 graduates can be found here:

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Taylor Campbell – From Rio 94G Eagles playing professionally in England with Queens Park Rangers

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Alumni News, Professional Soccer, Rio Rapids Club News | 0 comments

Former Rio 94G Eagles player, Taylor Campbell (front row on the far right of team pic) , is currently playing professionally in England with Queens Park Rangers. She recently toured in Europe with the team as the team prepares for their upcoming season.

Ricardo Zacarias to Club America

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Alumni News, Professional Soccer, Rio Rapids Club News | 1 comment

The unlikely journey of Ricardo Zacarias to Club America

BY NAYIB MORAN – http://www.espnfc.us/mexican-liga-mx/22/blog/post/2875088/the-unlikely-liga-mx-journey-of-ricardo-zacarias-to-club-america

MEXICO CITY — At a nearby coffee shop on a street across from Club America’s training grounds, Ricardo Zacarias recounted how he got to Mexico City. It is the story of how he went from studying to become a physical therapist in New Mexico and was just one year away from getting his associate’s degree before being signed by Mexico’s most decorated club.

Clad in a Notre Dame shirt, the 20-year-old forward from Albuquerque, New Mexico, took a deep breath and, in a mix of English and Spanish, began speaking about the most unlikely of journeys.

No pues, well, it all started because of my dad. He was playing in this tournament back home, and that tournament was called Copa Alianza,” he said, referring to a tournament for Hispanic amateur teams in the U.S. “And in that same tournament there were scouts. And he told me, ‘You got to sign up for Sueno Alianza,’ three days before the tournament. I said, ‘All right!’ and that same day I signed up.

Sueno Alianza is an organization that provides young Hispanic players with the opportunity to earn trials or contracts at Liga MX clubs. Seven-hundred players attended Sueno Alianza’s contest in September 2015, and even though he was on the list of the final 20 players, Zacarias was not selected as one of the two winners. Nevertheless, he had made an impression and soon got another chance at the nationals held in Miami.

“I said yeah [to the second chance], and they paid for my flight, gave me cleats, shorts, uniforms, all kinds of stuff,” Zacarias said. “In Miami, I showcased my talents and was seen by many scouts. At the end of the showcase, I got invited to nine teams, and the team that was most interested in having me was Club America.”

Zacarias arrived in Mexico City in November 2015, and in order to arrive on time he asked his college professors to let him take his exams a month before the semester ended. Zacarias then started his trek in Mexican football with America’s U-20 side in the 2016 Clausura. America’s U-20 season came to a close after the team fell in the quarterfinals to Atlas on an aggregate score of 2-1.

Zacarias’ final numbers in U-20 competition were 13 starts and four goals, but he also had playing time with America’s Second Division club, America Premier. With that team, he had four starts and scored his first goal on Mexican soil, which came in spectacular fashion with a chilena. The chilena was his letter of introduction on a weekend in which he played 130 minutes: 45 minutes with the U-20s and almost 90 minutes with the Second Division side.

Since then, Zacarias has immersed himself in a new lifestyle, which is devoted 24/7 to football. Before attracting the attention of America scouts, Zacarias had junior college spells in Colorado and Arizona, but he never wanted to give up on his soccer dream, even if school was becoming his main priority.

“Even when I wasn’t playing soccer in college anymore, I’d still go to practice, not every day, maybe three times a week,” he said. “I would run every day, for sure. I always tried to stay in shape because I loved the sport. My dad loves soccer, so he always pushed me to be better.”

Zacarias’ dad is from the Mexican state of Michoacan, and his mom is from Chihuahua. Despite living more than 1,400 miles away, he stays in constant communication with parents, who have pledged their support to their son’s footballing dream.

“They know that I’m here to follow my dream, not to party,” Zaracias says with a serious tone.

His arrival to Liga MX from the United States is not common. For the most part, when Liga MX scouts head north to look for possible recruits, they closely look at players between the ages of 17 and 19. When Zacarias signed the contract handed to him by Las Aguilas‘ directors, he was 20.

“If I was 21, I wouldn’t probably be here, so everything worked out for me,” he said.

Ricardo Zacarias
Ricardo Zacarias hopes his unlikely journey to Club America ends with a place n the first team.

Had it not been for the insistence of America’s youth academy director, Mario Hernandez Lash, Zacarias might have selected another destination. Growing up in the United States, his favorite club was not America, but Santos Laguna.

“I liked Santos because I enjoyed watching Jared Borgetti,” he said. “I liked the way he played ever since I was little. I was a fan of his aerial game.”

Before landing in Mexico City to play for Los Azulcremas, he was aware of the responsibility that came with playing for a club like America, but he was more focused on making a name for himself in Mexican football: “I knew America was one of the most hated clubs and most loved clubs. They have the craziest fans, and I was like, ‘All right, I’ll go over there.’ It doesn’t matter where I go or if I even like the team or not.”

In New Mexico, Zacarias played for Albuquerque Sol of the USL PDL. Playing for an MLS academy had always been a long shot because the nearest academies to his home in Las Cruces were FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids’ academies.

When asked about what his parents feel about him playing for one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, he responded with a smile.

“Actually, it’s kind of funny how it all got set up,” he said. “They went to the U.S. to get a better job, to have a better lifestyle, better everything, but over here there’s better soccer. In the U.S., they didn’t give me the opportunity to play, and over here they’re giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents.”

With the America U-20s, Zacarias plays for coach Israel Hernandez, who has helped Zacarias grow as a footballer.

“He’s one of the best coaches I’ve had,” Zacarias said. “He understands the game very well. He lets me know when I’m doing well and when I’m doing bad. He likes to scream a lot, and he screams at you when you’re doing well or when you’re doing bad.

“One thing that he’s told me is that I got to learn how to use my body because in Mexico, defenders are colmilludos, sharp, alert. They hit you with the arms when the referee is not looking.”

America is living a mini-golden period, in which the club is always competing for titles in each of the competitions it is involved in. Zacarias said he sees that desire of always winning in all levels of the club, from the U-15s to the first-team.

“They want the best out of us,” he said. “They treat us so nicely, you don’t understand. If the next visit is six hours away, we fly. Not every Liga MX club does that.

“They set the goals high for us, and if the first-team is winning championships, they expect us to be winning championships. If we don’t, then there are consequences, like the Second Division team didn’t qualify to the playoffs, and they cut players. They will look for new replacements, so there’s always competition every day. Every practice there’s a chance to either better yourself or prove that someone else can take your spot.”

Zacarias’ career has started in quick fashion, and Zacarias hopes to take the next step in the 2016 Apertura and start getting first-team minutes with Las Aguilas, which will not be an easy task. If he starts knocking in goals each weekend, national teams will start taking note.

“My dad and I have discussed this topic. If the U.S. and Mexico were to send me an invitation right now, I would probably go with the U.S.,” he said, before pausing. “I just feel that I want to represent the country where I was born at, because it would make me feel prouder.”

If the last 12 months are any indication, Zacarias could be receiving that invitation soon.

81 Rio Rapids Alumni Make Their Mark in College Soccer

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Alumni News, College Search | 0 comments

Rio Rapids SC is proud to announce that 81 of its alumni (50 females and 31 males) were a part of college soccer programs throughout the country during the Fall of 2015.  Sixteen of these players helped their team reach post-season tournaments with Ryan Hunter (97’s) a key player for the Trinity University (TX) team that made it all the way to the NCAA Division 3 quarterfinals, Taylor Settecerri (94’s) and Caitlin Christiansen (97’s) contributors for St. Edwards University (TX) and Hardin-Simmons University (TX) reaching the sweet 16 of the NCAA Division 2 and 3 tournaments, Cassie Boren (97’s) starting for the Texas Tech University team that advanced to the NCAA Division 1 second round, and six players (Caitlin Espinoza-93’s, Jordan Hix-94’s, Brooke Milliet-94’s, Shayla Malecki-95’s, Jessica Singleton-96’s, Jenna Brown-97’s) leading Fort Lewis College (CO) to the NCAA Division 2 first round.  Emily Cubbage (94’s) at Division 1 St. Johns University (NY), Luke and Tyler Cotter (94’s) at Division 3 University of Texas-Dallas, John Jamison (95’s) at Division 2 Colorado Mesa University, Parker Conaway (97’s) at Division 2 Seattle Pacific University (WA) and Marshall Metzer (97’s) at Division 1 California State University-Fullerton all were a part of teams earning NCAA tournament berths.  In addition, six players helped lead their teams to conference championships.

Many of these players received individual honors for their outstanding play.  Six ere named to All-Region Teams.  Christian Albrecht (94’s) of Norwich University (VT) was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-New England Region 2nd Team.  Caitlin Espinoza and Brooke Milliet were both recognized on the NSCAA NCAA Division 2 All-South Central Region 2nd Team.  Theodore Hooker (96’s) of Colorado College was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division 3 All-West Region 3rd Team.  Emily Cubbage was named to the NSCAA NCAA Division 1 All-Northeast Region 3rd Team.  Alejandro Garcia-Lugo (97’s) of East Central College (MO) was named to the NJCAA All-Region 16 1st Team.  Twelve players were named to their All-Conference team with Caitlin Espinoza named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and Christian Albrecht named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Defender of the Year each for the second consecutive season.  Caitlin Espinoza was also recognized as the Fort Lewis College Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

A number of players also received individual honors for excellence in the classroom.  Twelve players were named to All-Academic Teams by their Conference with Lucy Chalgren (96’s) of West Texas A&M University, Emily Cubbage, Natalie DuBoise (96’s) of Lipscomb University (TN), Darin James (96’s) of South Dakota School of Mines, Shayla Malecki (95’s) of Fort Lewis College (CO) and Kaley Smith (94’s) of Kansas University selected to the 1st Team.

Here are complete lists of the players competing in college soccer this fall and their accomplishments:

2015 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumnae Womens College Soccer Accomplishments

2015 Rio Rapids Soccer Club Alumni Mens College Soccer Accomplishments

Rio Rapids Soccer Club offers a comprehensive and proven college search program that has helped place 365 of our alumni in college soccer programs.  Learn more about how playing for Rio Rapids can give you a tremendous edge in the college search process at:  http://www.riorapids.org/programs/college-search/

2015 Rio Rapids Alumni Colleges Graphic

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Rio Rapids SC Age Group Table 2015-16