Three members of the Douglas Lady Bulldog soccer team will be taking their skills to the next level.
Damariz Miranda, Yunise Murquia and Deyanira Victor all recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education while playing soccer next year at Cochise College.
All three say they are excited to play at the next level with former teammate Brianna Guzman, who will be entering her sophomore season at Cochise.
“This is such a great opportunity,” Miranda, 17, daughter of Betty and Ricardo Miranda said. “I’m a little nervous but confident I can do it.”
Miranda, who received Gila Region Honorable Mention honors, stated it’s hard to believe her high school career is over.
“I loved every minute of it,” she said. “So many good memories.”
Victor, 18, daughter of Rob and Angie Victor, was named to the Gila Region’s First Team and also received All-Academic honors.
The soon to be Lady Apache says she can’t wait to begin practicing with her new team and is looking forward to the challenge of playing collegiate soccer.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people and doing something different,” she said.
Victor states it has been such an honor to be a part of the DHS soccer program the past four years.
“All of the coaches have helped me so much,” she said. “They pushed me to do things I never thought I would be able to do. I’m very, very grateful to them.”
Murguia, 18, daughter of Georgina and Ramon Murguia, said she’s heard a lot of good things about the soccer program at Cochise and when given the opportunity to sign she took it.
Murguia was named to the second team for the All-Gila Region.
“My four years at DHS have been amazing,” she said. “The coaches have been amazing. I’ve really enjoyed all my teammates. We have shared a lot of highs and lows together.”
The three future Lady Apaches say starting any new adventure can be somewhat scary but knowing they have each other to lean upon, in addition to Guzman, makes it a lot less scary.
All three athletes consider themselves fortunate they were able to complete their soccer season unlike the spring sports whose season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Victor was participating in track, and had her sights set on the state meet,when the season came to an unfortunate end.
“I’m happy I was able to finish my soccer season but at the same time, totally bummed I was not able to finish track. My opportunity to compete at state is gone now because of this. It’s hard knowing that my career as a DHS athlete is over.”
Miranda stated she’s sad for her classmates who were unable to complete their spring season.
“I feel bad for all the seniors who didn’t get to finish,” Murguia said.
DHS soccer coach Mario Romero said he is really happy these three ladies have the opportunity to continue playing soccer while receiving a college education.
“I look forward to hopefully seeing them play,” he said. “Based on all that has happened lately we have no idea what’s in store for any of us.”
Romero has yet to hold his postseason awards banquet and is unsure at the moment if he will.
“I’m still waiting to pick up certificates,awards, plaques,” he said.
Coach Romero said Coach Bobby Peters at Cochise has done an incredible job of turning the Cochise College soccer program around so quickly.
“These girls are going into a very good program,” he said. “I’m excited to see what the future has in store for them. It’s going to be exciting for these girls to play with Bri once again.”
“I am excited to have the girls come play with us next year,” Coach Peters said. “Douglas has had a strong group of girls the past couple years. I was happy to have Crystal (Munoz) and Yani (Espinosa) when I came into the program. We had a lot of good conversations and both girls found the right fit for themselves when they moved on. Then, I have been blessed to have Brianna Guzman. She is a strong player and a great person. I’ve worked with the girls we have and they have all said good things about each other. I’ve also worked with the coaches. They each put in a lot of work and just want the best for their players. They have been very helpful in making sure we not only get strong athletes, but also good people.”