The Plainswomen soccer team is excited to announce their newest team member has made it official. Emali Ortega has signed her letter of intent to play for the Plainswomen soccer team beginning in fall of 2018. Ortega, a Skyview High School prep, is a winger who has had herself quite the career in high school. During her years in high school, she was a varsity letter winner all four years, as well as first team all-league in soccer. Not only was she a great soccer player, she was a standout in basketball as well as she was an honorable mention in league as well.
A natural leader, Ortega has lead both her teams in soccer and basketball by being named captain. But her hard work and service extends well beyond the pitch. She recently just received her Certified Nurse Assistant License and volunteers at a children's hospital. "I would like to thank my mom for believing in me and staying by my side every step of the way because without her I would not be where I am today," added Ortega.
Head Coach Ken McAlpine is thrilled with her committing to the team as well. McAlpine would comment, "We are excited to bring Emali into our program. We are big believers in her potential, and are confident she will have a very successful career as a Plainswoman. Emali is a great attacking talent that loves to run at defenders and put them on their heels. She possesses great ball control, 1v1 ability, and a powerful shot—she will fit very well into our system. Her love for the game is apparent, and her positive attitude and drive will be a great asset to the culture we are building on this campus."
Ortega would end with, "I am excited to join a new family and start this exciting chapter in my life."