LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s soccer team signed six recruits to National Letters of Intent, head coach Rob Baarts announced on Friday. The six new players will join the Aggies in the fall of 2021.
Frontier High School | Bakersfield, Calif. | Centerback
Prior to NM State: Attended Frontier High School in Bakersfield…helped lead Frontier to league runner-up her freshman and sophomore seasons…named First Team All-Area.
“Thalia is an athletic, ball playing centerback from Bakersfield, Calif.,” said Baarts. “She comes from the same club as Maddie Franklin and Gia Valenti. Her club promotes competitiveness, along with a similar style of play that fits us here at NM State. We expect Thalia to make an automatic impact upon her arrival at NM State.”
Franklin High School | El Paso, Texas | Midfield
Prior to NM State: Starred at Franklin High School in El Paso…Named Newcomer District MVP in 2018 and overall MVP in 2019 and 2020…Named to the El Paso Times All-City Player of the Year in 2020…led her club team, El Paso Rage, to the US Soccer National President’s Cup championship…named US Youth Soccer President’s Cup Best 11 in 2019…earned the US Youth Soccer National President’s Cup 18 and Under Girls Golden Boot Award , also in 2019.
Bianca is a very technical, dynamic central midfielder who is not only fiercely competitive, she is smooth on the ball and an incredible offensive threat,” Baarts said. “She is a great passer of the ball, can dictate the pace of the game, and can score goals in bunches.”
Pflugerville High School | Pflugerville, Texas | Midfield
Prior to NM State: Attended Pflugerville High School…helped lead Pflugerville to back-to-back district championships in 2018 and 2019…led the team in assists the last three seasons…named honorable mention All-District as a freshman and First Team All-District her sophomore and junior years.
“Kaitlynn is a versatile player that will compete in any of the attacking positions,” said Baarts. “Her strength would be playing in the 10, and creating for her teammates which she loves to do. She is very technical with good size that will transition well at the DI level. Her style of play will fit in our Aggie style nicely. ”
Round Rock High School | Round Rock, Texas | Midfield
Prior to NM State: Four-year letterman at Round Rock High School…helped lead the Dragons to a district championship as a freshman…named Second Team All-District as a sophomore…named First Team All-District after ranking second in the district in goals scored as a junior.
“Tati also plays in the center midfield,” Baarts said. “She is a very smooth midfielder that likes to start the attack with her vision of the field and precise passing. She is competitive, and covers a lot of ground on the defensive side. Tati will be another great piece to our always improving Aggie soccer program.”
Bradshaw Mountain High School | Prescott Valley, Ariz. | Leftback
Prior to NM State: Played at Bradshaw Mountain High School and for SC Del Sol…named First Team All-District after the 2018-19 season…led her team in goals in 2017-18 and 2018-19…earned MaxPreps/United Soccer Coaches Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24, 2018.
“Hailey comes to us from SC Del Sol, under the tutelage of Les Armstrong,” said Baarts. “Les has developed some of the best talents in youth soccer for many years. She is a strong leftback that is always looking to get forward. She is incredibly competitive and will out work any opponent.”
Monzano High School | Albuquerque, N.M. | Forward
Prior to NM State: Play at Manzano in Albuquerque… named Honorable Mention All-District in 2017 and Second Team All-District in 2018…earned First Team All-District honors in 2019…named MaxPreps Player of the Week in 2019.
“Blakely is a very physical attacking player that is great with her back to goal allowing attacks to develop,” Baarts said. “She is naturally left footed which is always helpful as backs don’t always see lefties. We look forward to Blakely joining our Aggie family scoring many goals.”
“Lastly, this entire class has a combined GPA of 3.94 coming into college which is another huge factor in their recruitment to NM State,” Baarts added. “Their strong character along with excellent soccer prowess will serve the well as DI Student Athletes! Myself, and the rest of the coaching staff are very excited to have our class of 2021 to join our Aggie Soccer family!”