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“Youth Soccer Team Wins Tourney”
El Paso Times, September 24, 2011
The U-12 Xtreme soccer team won the 33rd annual Tucson regional soccer tournament Sunday.
The Xtreme girls beat Zereno Elite U-12 from Phoenix 2-0 for the title. The Xtreme went 5-0 at the tournament. Members are [redacted]. The team is coached by former El Paso Patriots and UTEP club coach Roberto Tucker.
College Options Abound for Team Xtreme Club Soccer Team
By Lenny Jurado, El Paso Times, June 20, 2010
EL PASO — It seems these days there are so many avenues toward getting an athletic scholarship.
Athletes can send coaches game film, they can earn a scholarship on the merits of high school achievements, or in some cases, their performances with club/city-league teams can prove the difference.
Among the club soccer ranks, Team Xtreme Club actually has 11 girls on its most recent U-17 team with scholarships. Six of those players are going Division 1.
Ask those in the know, and they will tell you that playing on club teams is just as important as, if not more crucial than, being on a high school team when it comes to getting recognized by colleges.
“Coaches hardly travel to see high school games,” Xtreme coach Roberto Tucker said. “They concentrate more on club because of the competition level, and they (players) are more select, so the coaches go over there and pick up the players they need.”
Many of Xtreme’s players have been gunning for scholarships since their middle school days.
“When we started this team, my uncle always said that we all had potential,” said recent Canutillo graduate Wendy Sanchez, Tucker’s niece.
“It was kind of like a goal he set up. ‘I know you guys will get scholarships. It’s just about the will power you guys all have. If you guys want to, you will get it, and I know you guys can.’ At first that kind of seemed unbelievable. We were young, so we didn’t think of that. But now we’re (graduates), and more than half of the girls on our team are going on to play soccer at the next level.”
Diane Bocklage, a former Coronado soccer player moving on to St. Edwards University in Austin, credited club soccer for helping her earn a scholarship.
“It developed my skills over the years,” she said. “I learned a lot from this team. Also, Coach Tucker is well-known in the soccer community, and he pushed us to go and play games. And personally, he helped me a lot in mine because he actually got me into a practice at St. Edwards.
The coach there liked me, and the next week he e-mailed me and asked if I would consider going to St. Edwards.”
It also helps to win major tournaments, which Xtreme did by capturing the Texas Cup last year in Dallas.
“After the match, there were no less than 20 coaches waiting for us, and they approached every one of the players — ‘What is your status? Would you like to go to my college?’ ” Tucker recalled.
“When I came back from the Texas Cup, over the next few weeks I received no less than 60 to 70 e-mails from coaches.”
The opportunity is made available to the players, but they have to put in the time and sweat and meet those moments halfway.
“You never saw any of these girls give up,” Xtreme player and recent Jefferson graduate Bianca Vigliante said. “They’d get knocked down during the games, and they’d get back up. There was not one doubt in anybody’s mind (about scholarships).
“Yeah, there were a couple times when we wondered what our team was going to bring us, but finally a couple years later we get to see that all of our girls are signing. Don’t give up, reach your dreams.”
Lenny Jurado may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 546-6167.
Team Xtreme scholarships
- Rebecca Alvarez, Coronado, Louisiana Tech (Division 1)
- Diane Bocklage, Coronado, St. Edwards
- Mitsy Dominguez, Jefferson, Howard Payne
- Melanie Lunghi, Coronado, Adam State College
- Adriana Mendoza, Franklin, Mississippi Valley State University (Division 1)
- Wendy Sanchez, Canutillo, Mississippi Valley State University (Division 1)
- Amber Smith, Coronado, John Brown University
- Gina Soto, Coronado, UTEP (Division 1)
- Aileen Urrutia, Ysleta, College of the Southwest
- Bianca Vigliante, Jefferson, Mississippi Valley State University (Division 1)
- Ashleigh Young, Coronado, Adam State College