Aztec senior will play for the Lady Westerners soccer team this fall
AZTEC – Senior Kinsey Gomez has committed to play soccer at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, this fall.
Gomez, or "Bob," as she often is referred to by family and friends, signed her national letter of intent on Monday at Aztec High School to play for the Lady Westerners. She scored 11 goals during her final season at Aztec and added a team-high eight assists.
The midfielder also runs track and said she will try to walk on to the track and field team. Her scholarship for soccer covers books and tuition.
"I've been talking to the track coach, and if I can get my times down, then they can offer me money, also," Gomez said.
The Lady Westerners soccer team plays in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and finished with a 1-10 record in the 2015 season.
WTC, a community college, felt like a good fit to Gomez, who said she also received offers from Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colo., and Western Colorado University, Colo. The relationship she's already built with Lady Westerners coach Fanta Cooper factored into her decision.
"(WTC) offered the most money, and I got along with the coach right away," Gomez said. "Me and the coach bonded and had the same attitude toward things."
In addition to her play-making ability and unselfish playing style, Gomez should bring a degree of leadership to WTC, according to second-year Aztec girls soccer coach Kelly Kelso.
"She took up a good leadership role, even though she wasn't really asked," Kelso said. "That was important for me, being a new coach, who was unfamiliar with some of the people. She was a hard worker and a great person."
Gomez, whose 30 points were second on the team only behind Ashlynn Bradley last season, said she left it all on the field during her senior year.
"I went in thinking, 'This is my last year, and I have to play my game,'" Gomez said. "I was hoping to get on to a college team, which I have succeeded in doing. That was my main goal."
Gomez will be reunited with friend and former Lady Tiger teammate Rikki Newland at WTC. Gomez said she's looking forward to once again playing with Newland, who graduated from high school in 2015.
"Getting to play with Rikki will be really cool," Gomez said. "And just being able to play at the college level is something I've been hoping to do for a long time."
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.