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Brianna Rodriguez is a Life Waxahachie senior and Tarleton State signee. (Courtesy Tarleton State Athletics)

Life Waxahachie’s Rodriguez joins Tarleton State’s first-ever women’s soccer signing class

KBEC Sports report

STEPHENVILLE — A Life Waxahachie senior recently inked her National Letter of Intent to join the first-ever signing class for women’s soccer at Division-I Tarleton State University.

Brianna Rodriguez and 15 other standout soccer players will soon don the Purple and White for the Texans under head coach Pete Cuadrado. The signees come from four states (Texas, California, Colorado and Washington) and Canada (Alberta and Ontario).

The program, which will compete in the Western Athletic Conference, will debut in August 2022. 

“It’s obviously a very exciting day for us,” Cuadrado told Tarleton Athletics. “I’d like to thank the administration. I think they’ve been fully supportive of us building this program, doing it the right way. We’re not done, but it’s a start and we feel great about where we’re at today.”

Brianna Rodriguez is a Life Waxahachie senior and Tarleton State signee. (Courtesy Brianna Rodriguez/Twitter)

Rodriguez is a three-time letter winner for the Life Waxahachie Lady Mustangs. The midfielder and forward was named the team’s offensive MVP in 2021. She was also named to the Olympic Development Program’s Regional Team this past summer as a member of the D’feeters Kicks Soccer Club.

Rodriguez also runs cross country (2020 regional qualifier) and is an AP and Honors student. She plans to major in kinesiology once on campus in Stephenville.

Rodriguez helped lead the Lady Mustangs to a 4A regional quarterfinal appearance in 2020. They defeated Western Hills (11-1) and Bridgeport (5-3) along the way in the postseason.

Life Waxahachie finished the season 10-8-4 overall and 5-3 in a district dominated by reigning 4A state champion Midlothian Heritage.

Rodriguez and the Lady Mustangs kick-off the 2021-22 season with scrimmages against Bryan Adams (Dec. 10), WH Adamson (Dec. 14) and Peak Preparatory (Dec. 17). They’ll then return from the holiday break to officially open the season on the road against Ennis at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7. 

Life Waxahachie will host a three-day tournament Thursday, Jan. 13 – Saturday, Jan. 15 at Mustang Stadium. 

In addition to Rodriguez, the following 15 student-athletes also signed their NLIs to join the Texans (bios courtesy Tarleton Athletics): 

Jaycie Bass | Midfielder | San Antonio, TX | Madison HS | Sting San Antionio

Bass will make the move north to Stephenville following a decorated four-year prep career. She has earned two sets of All-District first team honors and has served as a team captain twice at Madison HS. Her junior year was one to remember, as Bass, 5-8, was named the NEISD Midfielder of the Year and selected to the 2020-21 San Antonio Area Super Team. Bass plays on the club scene for Sting Soccer Club. She is also a dedicated student. Bass is a member of National Honor Society and a three-time recipient of Academic All-District first team accolades. She will major in animal science at Tarleton.

Mila Bettinelli | Forward | Sebastopol, CA | Cardinal Newman HS | Santa Rosa United

The 5-10 forward is an integral part of one of the winningest high school programs in Sonoma County. Bettinelli helped lead Cardinal Newman to two CIF State Championships and is a three-year letter winner. On the club circuit, Bettinelli competes for Santa Rosa Unite and played for MVLA when they captured the 2020-2021 ECNL National Championship. She has competed with both clubs in ECNL playoffs. Bettinelli was also a 2016-2018 ODP Regional Camp Selection. She maintains a 4.3 grade point average, is an AP Honors and Dean’s List student and intends to major in psychology.

Lindsey Beyers | Forward/Defender | Murphy, TX | Wylie HS | Legacy FC

The 5-6 Beyers is a two-year letter winner for Wylie, where she earned first team All-District credentials after helping the team win a District title. She plays club soccer for Legacy FC. Beyers versatility and athleticism is evident beyond the pitch. She has also competed in varsity track and field for four years in the high jump and 4x400m relay. Beyers is an honor student and Academic All-District athlete and will major in animal science at Tarleton.

Rylie Bloomfield | Goalkeeper | Yucaipa, CA | Yucaipa, HS | West Coast FC

She is the first of two keepers Cuadrado signed and an elite athlete. Bloomfield anchored Yucaipa to a 2020-21 conference championship and was chosen as the top goalkeeper among her conference peers at the conclusion of the season. She competes in club soccer for West Coast FC. Bloomfield, 5-6, is a three-sport letter winner. She also plays volleyball and participates in track and field. Bloomfield currently ranks sixth all-time in school history in the high jump. A four-time scholar-athlete, Bloomfield has ranked in the top-10 percent of her graduating class academically all four years and intends to major in nursing at Tarleton.

Jenaya Brown | Midfielder | Edmonton, Alberta | Laramie County Community College

The former head man at Wyoming, Cuadrado didn’t have to look too far down the road to discover Brown. One of two Canadians in Tarleton’s recruiting class, Brown capped her junior college career by leading Laramie County CC to NJCAA Region IX Regular Season and Tournament Championships. The Golden Eagles competed in the NJCAA National Championships in Spring of 2021. She made the move to the western frontier following a prep career at St. Francis Xavier High School and on the club circuit with the Sherwood Park Phoenix. A stalwart in the classroom, Brown earned NJCAA second team All-Academic honors in 2020-21, was an honor student all four years of high school and was the recipient of the Dr. Cafarro Heart & Soul Student Athlete Award. She will major in kinesiology at Tarleton.

Teeghan Dodd | Midfielder/Defender | Highlands Ranch, CO | Rock Canyon HS | Real Colorado

Dodd is a member of one of the premier club teams in the Centennial State, Real Colorado, which has won two consecutive club state titles. At Rock Canyon HS, Dodd, is a two-time All-Conference honoree and earned first team All-State accolades last season. She has maintained a 4.04 grade point average, is a first team Academic All-State selection and a member of National Honor Society. She intends to major in general business at Tarleton.

Kaitlyn Flanagan | Defender | Orange, CA | Villa Park HS | Slammers FC

Kaitlyn is a four-year letter winner and two-time first team All-Conference honoree for Villa Park HS. She has helped the team win three conference championships. In 2018 she was a Villa Park Rookie of the Year recipient. In 2019 was awarded Best Defensive Player and 1st team all-league. Kaitlyn also competes in club soccer for Slammers FC. Kaitlyn is a dedicated student, as she maintains a 3.70 grade point average and has been an honor student throughout high school.

Kyra Goudzwaard | Midfielder/Forward | Littleton, CO | Chatfield Senior HS | Colorado Rapids

Another addition from Colorado’s renowned club soccer scene, Goudzwaard is a member of Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. She is a four-year letter winner and two-time All-Conference honoree at Chatfield HS. As a freshman, Goudzwaard was immediately called up to the varsity ranks and helped Chatfield capture a conference championship. She boasts a 3.72 grade point average, is a four-time academic letter winner, and will major in kinesiology at Tarleton.

Makenzie Griffith | Defender | Montgomery, TX | Montgomery HS | Challenge SC

Griffith is one of the most highly regarded defenders in Montgomery County. She is a two-time recipient of first team All-County honors and was chosen to the All-Region second team in 2018 and 2019. Griffith’s leadership is evident as a fullback and a center back, as she has served as a team captain for both Montgomery HS and her club team, Challenge SC. She is a member of National Honor Society and has earned Academic All-District credentials all four years. Griffith intends to major in kinesiology at Tarleton.

Avery Harr | Defender/Midfielder | Aurora, CO | Grandview HS | Real Colorado

Harr is the second of two signees who competes for Real Colorado and helped the club claim the 2019 state title as a high school sophomore. At Grandview, she earned first team All-State honors, served as a team captain her junior and senior years and lettered in every season. Harr, 5-11, is also a four-time letter winner and All-State athlete in track and field. She is a standout student, having maintained a 3.8 grade point average throughout high school. She will major in communications at Tarleton.

Macy Hellwig | Midfielder | St. Catherine’s, Ontario | Denis Morris Catholic HS | Hamilton United

Niagara Falls is home, but Hellwig should fit in seamlessly on the pitch in the Lone Star State. The 5-11 midfielder is ranked No. 2 overall by First Touch Football (FTF) Canada and is a member of FTF’s top-60 player pool. Her club affiliation is Hamilton United. In the classroom, Hellwig is a 4.0 student and was a Triple AAA academic award winner in 2020. She will major in psychology at Tarleton.

Mikayla Kendall | Goalkeeper | Orange, CA | Villa Park HS | Slammers FC

Kendall is the second of two Californian keepers and part two of Tarleton’s Villa Park HS tandem. She competed alongside Flanagan throughout high school and with Slammers FC and was one of the region’s top goalkeepers. Kendall was twice named to the All-Conference team at the position and anchored Villa Park to a 2021 CIF Southern Section finals appearance. She starred in the classroom, too, having obtained a biliteracy seal and was a member of both National Honor Society and National Honors Senate. Kendall intends to major in psychology at Tarleton.

Avery Libed | Midfielder | Bothell, WA | Inglemoor HS | Eastside FC

Libed is the leader of a north Seattle powerhouse soccer program in Inglemoor. She helped the Vikings earn a 2020-21 District Championship while picking up first team All-District and All-League accolades. Libed also competes on the club scene for Eastside FC. The 5-4 midfielder was named a 2019 DA Playoff Standout. She maintains a 3.5 grade point average and will major in digital media studies at Tarleton.

Rylee Low | Defender | Midland, TX | Midland Lee HS | Solar SC

A four-year letter winner, Low was chosen as her high school’s Midfielder of the Year in 2020 and earned first team All-District accolades a year prior. She also plays for Solar Soccer Club and is a standout on the hardwood with Midland Lee’s basketball team. Low is the epitome of a scholar athlete. She owns a 4.49 grade point average, serves on Student Council as Co-Vice President and is an active member of National Honor Society and Young Life. She will major in kinesiology at Tarleton.

Sydney Rouillard | Defender | Wichita Falls, TX | Christ Academy | Sting Dallas Black

Rouillard is exceptional on the high school sports scene. She is a five-sport athlete and has picked up multiple sets of first team All-District and All-State credentials in volleyball, basketball and soccer. The lattermost sport is her specialty, though. The 6-0 Rouillard has played at ECNL and NPL Nationals for Sting Dallas Black. Rouillard is just as active in the classroom and community as she is athletically. She is an A-honor student and a member of National Honor Society and Student Council at Christ Academy.

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith is the owner and content director of Ellis County Sports and has over a decade of award-winning sports coverage. He most recently served as the digital sports director for KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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