NMSU Soccer Signs Eight To 2018 Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The ink is finally dry for the eight future Aggies that signed their National Letter of Intent to play soccer at New Mexico State on Thursday afternoon first-year head coach Rob Baarts announced.

“I am excited to add such a well-rounded class to the Aggie soccer family,” Baarts said. “We have a good mixture of technical talent, on the offensive end, along with strong athletic defenders to help shore up the back line. We are looking forward to bringing an exciting and flowing brand of soccer to the Aggie fans.”

The eight newcomers hail from four different states, with five coming from the Land of Enchantment while the other three come from Arizona, California and Texas, respectively. Alycea (Lece) Aviles, Chloe Galler, Corey Kizer, Grace Olson and Annalise Pacheco are all from northern parts of New Mexico while Jayden Anderson comes Arizona. Alexa Barrera joins the Aggies from the Borderlands in El Paso with Ashley Tiffin rounding things out from Southern California.

JAYDEN ANDERSON
Freshman | 5-8 | Forward
Peoria, Ariz. | Centennial HS | SC Del Sol

High School: Led Centennial High School to three-straight nine-win seasons…helped guide Coyotes to back-to-back runner-up finishes in league play…named to first-team all-region team after posting 20 goals with 15 assists during junior season…also earned second-straight first-team all-district honors and First-Team All-West Valley Preps…took home first-team all-district honors during sophomore year after scoring 15 goals with nine assists…tallied three goals with seven assists as a freshman…also a two-year letter winner in track her freshman and sophomore year…competed in the state finals on the 4x100 team both years…also ranked No. 111 Crossfit Athlete in the world for teens in 2017 season…also an honor roll student.

Personal: Daughter of Chris Anderson and Jacqui Karr…father Chris played football at Alabama (1990-93) as a running back and captain of the 1992 National Championship team…undecided on major.

ALYCEA (LECE) AVILES
Freshman | 5-4 | Forward
Aztec, N.M. | Aztec HS | Albuquerque Sol

High School: Was a four-year letter winner at Aztec High School with future teammate Grace Olson…helped guide AHS to an 18-3 overall record and undefeated run (10-0) in district play with 14 goals and 15 assists as a senior, earning first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors…led the Tigers to back-to-back state quarterfinal appearances her sophomore and junior season…picked up second-team all-state and second-team all-district honors as a sophomore…was also an all-district honorable mention recipient her junior year…picked up honorable mention all-state and all-district awards after pacing Aztec High School to an 8-0 district finish with state tournament semifinal appearance…was also a track letter winner for the Tigers…earned back-to-back district championships in the 100m dash the last two years...was also the 200m and long jump district champion in 2017…member of the track & field team that won the state championship in 2015…excelled in the classroom, earning all-academic honors all four years.

Personal: Daughter of Jusen and Tia Aviles…has and older sister, Avry, and a younger brother, Anthony…aunt Callie Lovato played soccer at New Mexico Highlands while uncle Nick Lovato played baseball at New Mexico State from 1993-95...plans to major in athletic training.

ALEX BARERRA
Freshman | 5-5 | Forward
El Paso, Texas | Andress HS | NM Rush

High School: A three-year letter winner at Andress High School in El Paso…currently has 28 goals and six assists in her senior season…helped lead the Eagles to UIL 5A Regional Semifinals her freshman (19-7, 12-4) and junior year (18-8, 10-5)…was named a first-team all-district honoree and first-team all-city after pouring in 32 goals with 17 assists as a junior…finished freshman campaign with 18 goals and 14 assists…is in the top-10 percentile of her graduating class.

Personal: Daughter of Felipe Barrera and Vanessa Borunda…has two sisters, Andreya and Anessa, and two brothers, Anthony and Aaron…older sister Andreya played for WAC foe UT Rio Grande Valley from 2014-17 and was a two-time Second-Team All-WAC honoree…undecided on major.

CHLOE GALLER
Freshman | 5-8 | Defender
Rio Rancho, N.M. | Cleveland HS | Rio Rapids

High School: A four-year letter winner at Cleveland High School…helped guide the Storm to their first state championship ever before falling in the 6A Championship game…led CHS to a first-place finish in district play with a 6-2 mark before finishing with a 19-3 overall record for its second-straight metro championship…guided Storm to second-place finish as a junior with 14-4-2 overall record and 4-3-1 mark in district action…earned all-state honorable mention and second-team all-district honors as a sophomore…led Cleveland High School to 10-plus wins all-four years…played alongside future teammate Corey Kizer and Annalise Pacheco…plans to major in nursing.

Personal: Daughter of Brett and Victoria Galler…has two younger sisters, Brooklyn and Mia.

COREY KIZER
Freshman | 5-3 | Forward
Placitas, N.M. | Cleveland HS | NM Rush

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letter winner at Cleveland High School…helped guide the Storm to its first-ever state championship appearance and runner-up finish as a senior…led CHS to 53 wins during her four years and back-to-back metro championships her season season…the 19-3 overall mark in 2017 was a school record and good for first-place in district play…owns the school’s single-season record in goals (28) and points (66) as a senior, which earned her first-team all-state and first-team all-district honors…also lettered in golf and bowling at CHS while guided golf team to a third-place finish her junior year…played alongside future teammates Chloe Galler and Annalise Pacheco…was a three-time NM State Cup Champion with NM Rush club team.

Personal: Daughter of Chad and Sheri Kizer, who both New Mexico State University graduates…has an older sister, Sydney, who is currently a sophomore at NMSU.

GRACE OLSON
Freshman | 5-5 | Midfielder
Aztec, N.M. |Aztec HS | Albuquerque Sol

High School: Was a four-year letter winner at Aztec High School where she served as captain her junior and senior year…wrapped up her senior season with 16 goals and 19 assists…paced the Tigers to an 18-3 overall record and undefeated district championship her senior year, which garnered her first-team all-state accolades…earned back-to-back district player of the year honors as a junior and senior while claiming first-team all-district all four years at AHS…guided the Tigers to the state semifinals her senior and freshman years while taking them to the quarterfinals her sophomore and junior seasons…earned second-team all-state as junior and honorable mention all-state as a freshman…also lettered in basketball at AHS as the team’s point guard…was an all-academic awardee all four seasons.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Angus Mackillop and Catherine Olson…has two older sisters, Sophia and Townes, a twin brother, Dylan, and a younger brother, Caleb…mother Catherine played tennis at Bethany College…plans to major in health sciences/nursing.

ANNALISE PACHECO
Freshman | 5-7 | Defender
Rio Rancho, N.M. | Cleveland HS | Club Rio

HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letter winner at Cleveland High School and was a captain her senior year…helped lead CHS to its first-ever state championship appearance before taking home runner-up honors…the metro championship in 2017 was a first for the Storm after posting a school record 19-3 overall mark…guided CHS to 10-plus wins all three years on varsity…an all-state academic honoree and three-year academic letter recipient along with a diploma of distinction.

Personal: Daughter of Juan and Natalie Pacheco…father Juan is a New Mexico State University graduate…has two older sisters, Katarina and Nicolette…sister Nicolette is a member of the NM State cross country and track & field team.

ASHLEY TIFFIN
Freshman | 5-7 | Midfielder
Lake Forest, Calif. | El Toro HS | Strikers FC

High School: Was a three-year varsity player at El Toro High School, leading the Chargers to back-to-back Sea View League championship her sophomore and junior year…ETHS went 15-3-5 her sophomore year and played in the CIF Southern Section Championships…she was also named defensive player of the year for her efforts…the team was ranked as high as No. 44 nationally according to MaxPreps that year and 16th in the state of California...also played in the CIF-SS Championships her junior year after the Chargers earned the automatic bid for winning their league.

Personal: Daughter of Bryan and Melissa Tiffin…has two younger sisters, Krista and Allyson…mother Melissa swam and ran cross country at Cal State Fullerton…plans to major in kinesiology.