Two young ladies signed the RRAC Letter of Intent yesterday in front of their families and friends and it was all smiles as they inked their commitment to attend University of St. Thomas. Transfer Juliana Miguel and incoming freshman Dalila Perez will join the women's soccer team in fall 2017.
Juliana Miguel Rodrigues, 5'4" midfield transfer will add even more Brazilian flavor to the women's soccer team. Daughter of Carla Louriero and Laurentino Rodrigues, Juliana plans to major in business and will attend prestigious UST Cameron School of Business. She graduates next week with associate degree from Houston Community College where she excelled academically.
Coach Nikola Barjaktarevic on Juliana Miguel: "We are excited to have Julie on the team next season. Getting to know her over the past 6 months made it clear she will make an impact and although quiet off the field she proved she can be fierce competitor when playing. She has great vision and besides her distribution she is dangerous going forward but also not afraid to take on many defensive responsibilities. She is very versatile, has great attitude and is genuinely a good person. She wants to improve, wants to grow as a player and has proven she can be successful academically."
Miguel on her decision to join the Celts: "Opportunity to meet and get to know the team was an important factor as I choose University of St. Thomas. I hope I can be a good fit and that I can add to the team". Juliana Miguel worked closely with Coach Javier Cuellar who helped her get noticed by UST Coaching Staff. In her free time she enjoys reading, drawing and traveling.
Dalila Perez, 5'6" incoming freshman didn't have to travel as far to make her dream of playing college soccer at UST come true. Daughter of Hazel and Eduardo Perez, Dalila plans to major in Physical Therapy. Manvel high school standout and team captain her senior year helped the team to best finish in history this season.
Manvel High School Girls Soccer Coach Scott Wilson on Perez: "Dalila is a three year letterman and captain for Manvel Lady Mavs Soccer. She earned 1st Team All District two years in a row and won Offensive Player of the Year for her team, with 13 goals and six assists. She is dedicated and a hard worker and we will miss her, however we are all excited to watch her play in the future."
Dalila Perez on her Decision to become a Celt: "I chose to further my career at UST because it just feels right. I'll be able to connect with my professors as well to further build my relationship with God. It has always been my dream to play soccer in college - I took the opportunity and will do everything possible to help the team. I'm also excited about simply playing the beautiful game of soccer at the next level. Being a part of the women's soccer team is going to be a challenge - and I love challenges." Perez played club soccer with Houstonians and in her free time likes to be outdoors, enjoys cooking and working out.
Coach Nikola Barjaktarevic on Perez: "Dalila has the natural ability to score goals and the potential to make waves in our conference as she adjusts to the college level. What impressed me the most is her drive, she is a go getter and we want players that want to be a part of UST and are excited about being a part of our team. She has speed and can play as target forward, in wide positions or as an attacking midfielder."
"Both Julie and Dalila are excellent students and only takes a couple of minutes to be around them to know they will fit in well with our team," Coach Barjaktarevic added.