NM State Soccer Inks 14 Newcomers

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - It’s a new era for New Mexico State soccer as head coach Freddy Delgado is excited to announce the addition of 14 new Aggies.

“The one thing all these student-athletes have in common is a winning attitude,” said Delgado, who enters his second season at the helm. “They are successful in the classroom, in their communities and on the field. We believe this is the attitude that will take us to the top of the Western Athletic Conference.”

Delgado put a heavy emphasis on recruiting native New Mexicans, while reaching out to El Paso and soccer hotbeds in Arizona and Southern California.

“Our goal is to keep the best soccer players in New Mexico at home,” added Delgado, who signed 10 players from the Land of Enchantment, as well as a player from El Paso.

Seven of the signees played club soccer for Rio Zia.

“Rio Zia is one of the best youth women’s soccer teams to come out of the state of New Mexico, all of our New Mexican signees are very familiar with one another either by competing against or playing alongside one another,” Delgado said. “Combined with an excellent core group of returners, I believe we are ready to build a winning tradition.”

Here is list of today’s women’s soccer signees along with a short bio and some words from Delgado:

Samantha Afonso
Albuquerque, N.M. (St. Pius HS)
Forward/Defender
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: An Albuquerque, N.M., native, Afonso joins the Aggies as a forward after a successful career at St. Pius High School. As a varsity letter-winner for three years, Afonso earned first team all-district and first team all-state for the 2014 season for the Sartans. During Afonso’s high school career, she finished with the seventh all-time leading scorer/assists in St. Pius history. She was also named Max Preps player of the week during the 2014 New Mexico Activities Association State Tournament. As a varsity player, Afonso scored 44 goals and 24 assists.

PERSONAL: Afonso is the daughter of Joao Paulo Afonso and Danye’l Afonso. She plans to major in Biology.

Coach Delgado: “Fonzi is a versatile player who can attack from the forward or outside back position. She has great services from the left and right flanks. She is a driven, ambitious person who has improved in many areas over the last two years and we expect the trend to continue.”

Jasarra Baca
Albuquerque, N.M. (Sandia HS)
Forward
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Baca joins the NM State Aggies from Sandia High School where she played fours years as a varsity forward and midfielder. During that time, Baca helped her team to the state quarterfinals each of her last two years with the Matadors. While playing with the Matadors in 2014 she was the team’s top scorer, was named second team all-district and was named an all-state honorable mention.

PERSONAL: Baca is the daughter of Steve and Leanna Baca and plans on becoming an elementary school teacher.

Coach Delgado: “Jasarra is another versatile player who can attack from two different wide positions. She may be the strongest and most athletic player of the group. She can finish goals from distance, off crosses or get the tough goals inside the penalty area.”

Mariah Baker
Albuquerque, N.M. (Rio Rancho HS)
Midfield
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Baker played all four years of high school soccer at Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, N.M. Playing midfield, Baker helped the team to a 19-4 record as they finished first in district and second in state. Baker was named to first team all-district from her sophomore to senior season and first team all-state during her junior and senior seasons. Baker was also named as the Player of the Year all-district during the 2013 and 2014 seasons and ended her senior campaign being named All State Player of the Year.

PERSONAL: Baker is the daughter of Richard and Denise Baker and plans to major in nursing.

Coach Delgado: “Mariah is a tough, feisty hard-nosed competitor. She has fun getting into tackles, winning air balls and doing the tough, but essential work. Off the field, she has a fun, joyful, contagious spirit. Her approach to the game is something we are tying to instill in every single one of our current student athletes.”

Audriana Chavez
Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)
Forward
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Chavez, a forward from Albuquerque, N.M., earned four letters in varsity soccer. As part of the Cleveland Storm, Chavez was named all-district and also earned first team all-state during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Chavez was named player of the month twice during her time with the Storm and received district player of the year in 2013.

PERSONAL: Born in Albuquerque, N.M., Chavez is the daughter of Lucas Chavez and Audra Castillo. She plans to become a medical assistant and is majoring in kinesiology.

Coach Delgado: “Audrey is simply New Mexico’s best goal scorer in the 2015 class. She is dangerous in many ways and has a ton of tools in her arsenal. She will be the offensive threat off crosses and set pieces we have been missing.”

Morgan Eddy
Farmington, N.M. (Farmington N.M.)
Defense/Midfield
Mesa Community College

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Eddy will join the Aggies as a fifth-year senior this fall. At Mesa Community College she was 2013 First Team All-ACCAC and 2014 Second Team All-ACCAC.

HIGH SCHOOL: She was second team all-district in 2007, first team all-district in 2008, 2009 and 2010, first team all-state in 2008 and 2010.

Personal: Morgan is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Eddy.

Coach Delgado: “Morgan joined us starting this spring semester. She is an athletic, physical type player who can play in the midfield and in defense. She is a junior college transfer who brings with her experience and a mature attitude. She is a former captain who is trustworthy, responsible and will set a positive example.”

Aileen Galicia
La Quinta, Calif. (La Quinta HS)
Forward
Arsenal

HIGH SCHOOL: Galicia joins the Aggies after a standout prep career at La Quinta HS. As a senior she scored 15 goals, handed out three assists and recorded 33 points. Her junior season was impressive as she scored 16 goals and totaled 19 assists for 51 points. She also was a standout track and field athlete.

PERSONAL: Aileen is the daughter of Gabriel Gonzalez and Mercedes Galicia and wants to study physical therapy.

Coach Delgado: “Aileen is a great combination of skill and athleticism. She can beat you off the dribble with a great move or she can touch the ball by you and beat you with her speed. She is a versatile player who enjoys the ball and creating in the attack.”

Zorena Hazen
Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland HS)
Midfield
Arizona Arsenal

HIGH SCHOOL: Hazen played varsity all four years at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz. In 2012, she assisted in delivering a state championship to the Hawks. She was a 2013 honorable mention and 2014 second team all district selection. She had over 200 steals and 20 points in her high school career.

PERSONAL: Born in Chandler, Ariz., Hazen is the daughter of Daniel and Barbara Hazen. She plans on majoring in education at NM State and hopes to become a teacher.

Coach Delgado: “Zo will see extensive time in the midfield position. She is very composed and is able to control the game through her vision and passing ability. Due to her work ethic and outlook on the game, she is the type of person teammates want to play for.”

Ashley Martin
Rio Rancho, N.M. (Cleveland HS)
Goalkeeper
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Martin is a goalkeeper from Cleveland High in Rio Rancho N.M. During her sophomore year, Martin had 53 saves, nine goals allowed, and played for 826 minutes. She received all-district honorable mention, second team all district, first team district, and all-state honorable mention.

PERSONAL: Born in Albuquerque, N.M., Martin is the daughter of Jerry and Ann Martin. She plans to major in nursing with aspirations to become a nurse.

Coach Delgado: “Ashley is a solid keeper who has the potential to be excellent. Because of her preparation and tactical awareness, she makes many saves look easy. She has an excellent team first attitude that inspires the players in front of her.”

Rebecca Mazzie
Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque HS)
Midfield
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Mazzie is from Albuquerque, N.M., and played forward for the Albuquerque Bulldogs. Mazzie’s achievement include, a 4-year letter, 2014 first team all-district, District 5A honorable mention, 2011 and 2012 first team all-district, Top district goal scorer, and she earned the Athletic Excellence Award for both 2012 and 2013.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Kirk and Sara Mazzie. She is currently undecided on her major.

Coach Delgado: “Becca is one of our playmakers. She can create something when you least expect it with a pass, shot, off the dribble or using her vision to find the final pass. This past year, she raised her fitness to new levels and that will have a direct impact on her success next season.”

Rian Nials
Las Cruces, N.M. (Mayfield HS)
Goalkeeper
Lady Elite Fire

HIGH SCHOOL: Nials played forward and goalkeeper for the Las Cruces, N.M. Mayfield Trojans. Her honors include, a 4-year academic athlete award, 2013 second team all-district, and 2014 captain. She also played track and basketball for Mayfield. She was named 2011 Athlete of the Year.

PERSONAL: Born in Thornton, Colo., Nials is the daughter of Lauterio and Jodi Nials (NMSU Alumni). She wants to be wildlife biologist, and plans to major in wildlife biology at NM State.

Coach Delgado: “Rian graduated early and is currently working with us this spring. She provides a physical and athletic presence in the goal. With continued hard work and continued technical training, Rian has a very bright future at NM State.”

Alexandria Otero
Albuquerque, N.M. (St. Pius X HS)
Midfield
New Mexico Rush

HIGH SCHOOL: Otero played midfield for St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M. She played varsity all four years and led St. Pius X to a state championships in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 as co-captain, she was named first team all-district and first team all-state.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Pete and Stephine Otero, she plans on double majoring in chemistry and criminal justice. She hopes to work for the FBI as a forensic scientist.

Coach Delgado: “Alex has a smart, tactical, methodical approach to the game. She is able to analyze the weakness of a team’s defense and more importantly has the ability to exploit it. She is another player who has a great mentality and approach on the field and in the classroom.”

Dominique Rivera
Albuquerque, N.M. (St. Pius X HS)
Defender/Midfield
Rio Zia

HIGH SCHOOL: Rivera played defender during all four years at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M. Rivera helped her team to three district championship titles and two state titles finishing off her senior year with a 21-3 team record. Rivera was a four-year letter winner as she started varsity all four years for the Sartans. Rivera was named second team all-district in 2012 and first team all-district in 2013 and 2014. Rivera was also named to the first team all state in 2013 and 2014 along with being named the State Player of the Year, District Player of the Year and 5A Player of the Year. During her senior campaign, Rivera recorded eight goals and 25 assists.

PERSONAL: Rivera is the daughter of Eugenio and Eve Rivera and plans to major in engineering.

Coach Delgado: “Dom is a special talent. She is one of the best players in the region and in the country. She has an amazing ability to get forward as an outside defender with stamina and speed to play box to box. The most important quality is how she leads her team with inspiration, selflessness and hard work.”

Sarina Stockton
Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland HS)
Forward
Arizona Arsenal

HIGH SCHOOL: Stockton played defense and forward for Highland High School from 2011-2015. Stockton helped the Hawks to a 77-13-4 record during her time there and also helped the team win a state championship in 2012. Stockton was also a member of Arsenal club team and won a title with them in 2014.

PERSONAL: Stockton was born in Mesa, Ariz. and is the daughter of Jay and Stacey Stockton. She is planning on becoming a veterinarian.

Coach Delgado: “Sarina should be one of the anchors of our defense. She possesses strength, size and speed. She is a very good communicator, which is important in trying to build a new back line. She has the competitive, spirited, confident attitude needed to be a fantastic central defender.”

Samantha Tapia
El Paso, Texas (Franklin HS)
Forward
New Mexico Rush

HIGH SCHOOL: Tapia joins the Aggies from the Franklin High Cougars in El Paso, Texas, where she played forward. During that time, she was named to the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 N.M. ODP Regional Championship Team.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Patrick Tapia (NMSU Alumni) and Pamela Searls. Tapia plans to major in psychology with aspirations to become a therapist.

Coach Delgado: “Sam is a fast, paced, aggressive forward who creates great opportunities with her relentless defending. As an attacker, she will constantly run at a defense and keep them under constant pressure. Her style is a nightmare for defenses.”