UTEP soccer signs Montwood goalkeeper



The UTEP women’s soccer program has found themselves a new goalkeeper and they did not have to look far. Montwood High School standout Zoey Lopez signed her national letter of intent to play for the Miners on Wednesday.

Lopez transferred to Montwood as a junior and played one year of varsity soccer for the Rams. She was named First Team All-District this past season, leading the Rams to six wins in 2019. The next level Ram was also named District 1-6A Goalkeeper of the Year.

“It’s really important because I plan on playing pro soccer soon,” said Lopez. “It will probably be after college, so I feel like this will help me go to that next level.”

Lopez was one of eleven Montwood student-athletes signing to the next level on Wednesday. Here is the full list per Socorro Independent School District:

Goalkeeper, Zoey Lopez, will sign with the University of Texas at El Paso. Lopez, who transferred to Montwoodher junior year, played varsity one season and was named All-District MVP Goalkeeper.


Sarah Polanco, softballcenterfielder, will head to Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. The four-year member of the varsity team has a .526 batting average and was named District Newcomer of the Year in 2015; All-DistrictAcademic Team from 2015 to 2017; All-District First Team in 2016 and 2017; and Texas Sports Writer Association HonorableMention in 2017.


Softball player, Azul Munoz, will attend the University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa. Munoz is the teamcaptain, who plays multiple positions including pitcher, first and third base. She has earned numerous honors including All-District Second Team and Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and All-DistrictHonorable Mention Team in 2017.


Football player, Efren Young, will sign with Beloit College in Beloit, Wisc. The two-year starter running backaccumulated 917 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns.


Steve Moreland, a defensivesafety, will sign with Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. Moreland was a defensive captain whose career stats include 70 tackles and four pass deflections.


Three year varsity soccer player, Alberto Ortiz, will pledge with Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. Asteam captain, Ortiz made six goals and had three assists. He was on the All-District Honorable Mention Team in 2017 and named to the All-District Second Team in 2019.


Soccer player Bryan Meraz will sign with Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Meraz was the team’s leadingscorer with 16 goals and five assists. He was on the All-District Second Team as a junior and this year made the All-District First Team.


Pole vaulter, Megan Pennington, will sign with Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn. Thethree-year varsity track star currently holds the school record in the pole vault. Pennington also has been on the training staff at Montwood for a year and was on the basketball team for three years.  She has won awards at state for athletic training whereshe finished 6th.


Samantha Luna, another studentathletic trainer, also will sign with the University of Texas Permian Basin. Luna is ranked seventh in the state in the Advanced Division of Sports Medicine for West Texas.She plans to earn a master’s degree in athletic training and become nationally certified.


Tennis player, Larry Torres, will take his talents to Letourneau University in Longview, Texas. Torres is athree-year varsity letterman and has been the No. 1 ranked tennis player on the Rams varsity team since the end of his sophomore season. He has been a quarterfinalist each of the past two seasons in boys’ singles at the district tennis tournament. Other honorsinclude making the All-District Second Team in 2017 and 2018.


Isaiah Aranda, a safetyon the Rams football team, will sign with Trinity International College in Deerfield, Ill. Aranda was a three-year varsity letterman and was a captain. He finished his careerwith 98 tackles including five for a loss and four pass deflections.

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