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OJC Press Release ID: 2503

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

OJC Women’s Soccer signs ten players for the 2016-17 season

Otero Junior College Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Sierra Cardenas, announced the signing of ten student-athletes for the 2016 season; another strong recruiting class for Cardenas’ second season as head coach.
Chloe Craig (Glasgow, Scotland), Macy Sherick (Broomfield), Tyler Murphy (Arvada), Estefany Gonzalez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Georgia Findlay (Colorado Springs), MJ Crews (Roy, Utah), Kat Lopez (Westminster), Kaley Wagle (Forney, Texas), Chermalyn Albert (Saint Lucia, Caribbean), and Adriana Smith (Alamogordo, N.M.) have all signed commitments to play soccer at OJC.

“We are very excited about this 2016 incoming class, as this is going to be another great recruiting class for Otero Women’s Soccer,” Cardenas said. “We are losing a lot of leadership and experience this year with our exiting sophomore class and these incoming freshmen have big shoes to fill. I am confident that the character, work ethic and passion for the game that this class possesses, will allow them to do just that. The group includes quality players from Utah, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, as well as international players from Scotland and the Caribbean, who will be key for us next year in various positions. We have a very solid returning class, and we cannot wait to add these freshmen to the Otero Family next fall!”

Chloe Craig, defender, is from Old Kilpatrick, located in Glasgow, Scotland, where she began playing soccer at the age of four. She graduated from St. Peter: The Apostle High School in 2011 and was a key player for the girls’ soccer team in her time there. She is currently the team captain for the Celtic Women’s Football team, a member of the Scottish Women’s Premiere League located in Glasgow. Craig is planning to pursue a sports related degree in her time at OJC.

Macy Sherick, outside midfielder, is from Broomfield. She attended Legacy High School until her senior year before perusing her GED. She made the Varsity squad for her high school her freshmen, and sophomore year. Sherick played club soccer for Westminster (WAFC), and is currently with the Broomfield Soccer Club where she plays for coaches Dave Castro and Heather Solar. In her club soccer career she has been a member of three Colorado State Championship teams and the state runner’s up once.  At OJC, she plans on pursuing her Associate of Science degree, specializing in Sports Medicine.

Tyler Murphy, from Arvada, has played soccer since the age of four. She is currently a senior at Pomona High School where she has been a member of the varsity squad since her freshmen year. As a Panther, Murphy was named team captain and earned “Best Midfield Player” as a sophomore and “Best Offensive Player” as a junior. She plays club soccer for Coach Jeff Carroll on Colorado Storm North Royal. She is interested in pursuing an Associate of Science degree at Otero, specializing in the medical field.

Estefany Gonzales, from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a senior at Del Sol Academy and was on her school’s varsity soccer team all four years. She was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for her high school team every year since she was a sophomore. Gonzalez also plays club for Coach Bob Chinn on Las Vegas Blast Academy. She plans on getting her Associate of Arts degree from Otero, with a future goal of teaching.
Georgia Findlay is from Colorado Springs. She has played soccer for fourteen years. A senior at Manitou Springs High School, she has been on the varsity squad all four years. Through her high school career, Findlay has been recognized as MVP, Best Player in the Region, and received All-State awards. She has also served as team captain since her junior year. Her high school squad won their league in 2015 and she plans on helping them get another title this year. Findlay plays club for Coach Craig Decker on Pride Copa 98. She plans to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing from Otero.

MJ Crews, from Roy, Utah, has played soccer since she was five years old. She was a starter and a varsity lettermen for the soccer team at Roy High School her freshmen and junior years. Crews suffered an ACL tear and has worked hard to heal. She was cleared to play earlier this year. Crews plays club soccer for Outlaws FC which is coached by her father, Bryan Crews. MJ plans to earn her Associate of Arts degree, with in focus in education from Otero.

Katerina Lopez is from Westminster. She attended Standley Lake High School during her freshmen and sophomore years before transferring to Pomona High School where she is currently on the varsity squad. Lopez also plays club soccer for the Broomfield Blast Soccer Club on the 98 Prestige team for Coach Dave Castro. They were three-time Colorado State Cup Champions. She plans on earning her Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing.

Kaley Wagle hails from Forney, Texas and is a senior at Forney High School where she has been on the varsity squad for three years. Her high school team finished as Bi-District Champions and went to the Texas State Tournament in both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons, losing in the quarter finals both years. She plays club soccer at Munity FC for Coach David Shaw. In addition to soccer, Wagle has a love for running. She had successful cross country and track careers at Forney High School, qualifying for state in cross country as well as the 4x4 and 4x2. She plans on completing pre-dental hygiene courses in her time at OJC.

Chermalyn Albert is from La-Fargue Choiseul, Saint Lucia, an island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean. She graduated from Choiseul Secondary School in 2011 and has been a member of the St. Lucia National Women’s Football Team since the age of 15. When she isn’t training with the national team, Albert plays for Mabouya Valley Football Club. Albert is not only an accomplished soccer player but also an outstanding track athlete, competing nationally in the heptathlon. Albert has been recognized at the national level in the Caribbean as “Sports Women of the Year”, “Female Footballer of the Year”, and “MVP” at the Windward Island Games. She plans to study psychology and social sciences during her time at Otero.

Adriana Smith joins the 2016-17 squad from Alamogordo, N. M. She was a stand out on her high school team as a four-year varsity letterman named twice to the All-District 2nd Team. Smith has played club soccer with the Vipers FC for the past four years for Coach Rudy Barbosa. She plans to pursue her Associate of Science degree with emphasis in Pre-Engineering with aspirations to become a mechanical engineer.

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Chermalyn Albert, Forward/Outside Midfielder, La-Fargue Choiseul, Saint Lucia

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Chloe Craig, Defender, Glasgow, Scotland

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Adriana Smith, Forward/Midfield, Alamogordo, N.M.