By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – With Donna High’s graduation set for Thursday, seniors Abby Herrera and Alicia Martinez decided to give themselves an early present.
That present came by way of a full scholarship as both girls signed their letters of intent to play soccer at Paris Junior College on Tuesday afternoon in front of a packed gymnasium.
“This is a great feeling and it is a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders,” said Martinez. “It makes it even more special that I am going with Abby and this is definitely the best graduation present both of us could ask for.”
Herrera and Miranda were key players for the Bravettes soccer team as defenders and ended up getting rewarded for their efforts by becoming first team and second team selections respectively.
“Both Abby and Alicia are tough kids and always give 100 percent on the soccer field,” said Donna High head girls soccer coach Francisco Faticati. “Abby made the switch from forward to defender and did a great job playing at that position. Her ability to make the switch was huge and she was honored as a first team selection as a defender and also is signing as a defender to Paris Junior College.”
“As for Alicia, she has been a defender for four years and played the position real well. She will be a huge asset as a defender in college and will do a great job. Both of these girls are my first to sign and play college soccer since I have been here over the past two years and words can’t describe how proud I am of them.”
Herrera knows that both she and Martinez will have to make some serious adjustments while making the transition from high school to college ball.
“The biggest adjustment I feel is being away from our families,” said Herrera. “Also we have to adjust to playing a completely different style in college as opposed to high school. We will be playing against different schools and different girls as well.”
“But Alicia and I are ready for the challenge and both of us accept it.”