QHS senior Klaritssa Cruz signed to play college soccer for Walla Walla Community College this past week.

“Myself and the rest of my coaching staff, along with Klaritssa’s family, friends, and community are extremely proud of her accomplishment. She joins just a small handful of girls that have moved on to play at the collegiate level,” Girls Soccer Head Coach Francisco Tafoya said.

Cruz said that soccer is a sport she has loved to play since she was only two years old. She also shared how excited she is to play college soccer, something that she has always hoped for.

“My hopes as a coach is that she can be an inspiration to our younger student athletes that hard work and dedication really does pay off,” Tafoya said.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities I have been given and look forward to a new chapter in my life,” Cruz said.

She wanted to make sure to thank all her coaches throughout the years from recreation, club, junior high and especially her high school coaches Francisco Tafoya, Marvin Ortiz and Veronica Cruz.

“Walla Walla Community College is a successful program and I have no doubt they have added not only a talented soccer player but a well rounded young lady. I know Klaritssa will make us proud and will continue to represent not only the QHS girls soccer program but (also) some of her club teams, Quincy United, Wenatchee Fire and Ops FC,” Tafoya said.

Cruz also wanted to acknowledge all the support she has received from the community, teammates and friends that she made along the way. She especially is grateful for her parents and brother, Danny, for their support. “They all made me the player I am today and for that I’m very grateful,” Cruz said. “I’m ready to be a part of (the) Walla Walla Women’s soccer team.”

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