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UTSA adds Alaniz, Gaski to 2013 signing class

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 06/27/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — Steve Ballard announced the addition of Alexis Alaniz (San Antonio, Texas/O’Connor HS/UTEP) and Elizabeth Gaski (Springfield, Va./W.T. Woodson HS) to his program's 2013 signing class on Wednesday.

The duo will join fellow signees Courtney Bertholf (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur HS), Kirsten Buono (Rossmoor, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Brianna Livecchi (San Antonio, Texas/MacArthur HS), Emma Makela (Mukilteo, Wash./Kamiak HS), Tyane Ramos (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson HS), Kat Tesno (Conroe, Texas/Oak Ridge HS), Kaytee O’Brien (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage HS/UNC Greensboro), Teresa Offerman (Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll HS/Butler [Kan.] CC), Happy Orere-Amadu (New York, N.Y./Truman HS/Monroe [N.Y.]), Megan Snyder (Overland Park, Kan./Shawnee Mission West HS/Butler [Kan.] CC), Taylor Wingerden (Macedon, N.Y./Palmyra-Macedon HS/Monroe [N.Y] CC) and Shelby Wright (Yuma, Ariz./Mitchell HS/Nova Southeastern [Fla.]) on the pitch for the Roadrunners this fall.

Alexis Alaniz mug shotAlexis Alaniz
Midfielder  ·  So.-TR
San Antonio, Texas (O’Connor HS/UTEP)
Club Team:
94 Texans

· Appeared in nine matches with six starts last season at UTEP
· Scored one goal and was a member of the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll
· Voted the team’s Most Improved Player
· 2011 San Antonio Express-News Super Team
· 2009-11 first-team all-district
· 2008 second-team all-district
· Helped lead the Panthers to a runner-up finish at the 2009 UIL 5A State Tournament as a sophomore and a third-place performance as a freshman in 2008

Alaniz on UTSA …
“Soccer has taught me so much about life, such as you don't get what you want, you get what you work for. I thank God for the opportunities that I've been able to have here in my hometown of San Antonio. I now have an opportunity to play home games with all of my family and friends in the stands. That is one of the best moments in life for me, playing the game that I love surrounded by the ones that I love.”

“I can say that in all the years I have been doing this job Alexis is one of the absolute best talents I have come across. It isn't just the skills on the field, it's what is going on in her heart when she is on the field. She ahs the heart of a champion, a winner’s drive to succeed and that is what makes her so special.”
— Scott Stone, Head Coach, O’Connor High School

Elizabeth Gaski mug shotElizabeth Gaski
Forward  ·  Fr.-HS
Springfield, Va. (Woodson HS)
Club Team:
Chantilly Burn/McLean Strikers

· Four-year letterwinner that was named team captain as a senior in 2012
· 2011 second-team all-state
· 2011 first-team all-region
· 2011 first-team all-district
· 2010 second-team all-district
· Helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2011 Northern Region Championship
· Also led club teams to four Virginia State Championships (2007-09, '11) and the 2010 U17 Washington Freedom Super Y National Championship

Gaski on UTSA …
“I am interested in being part of an up-and-coming soccer program.”

 Player  Pos.
  Year     Hometown (High School/Previous School) Club Team
 Alexis Alaniz MF So.-TR   San Antonio, Texas (O'Connor HS/UTEP) 94 Texans
 Courtney Bertholf F  Fr.-HS    San Antonio, Texas (MacArthur HS) Classics Elite
 Kirsten Buono D  Fr.-HS    Rossmoor, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS) Beach FC
 Elizabeth Gaski F Fr.-HS   Springfield, Va. (Woodson HS) Chantilly Burn/
McLean Strikers
 Brianna Livecchi F  Fr.-HS    San Antonio, Texas (MacArthur HS) Lions FC
 Emma Makela GK  Fr.-HS    Mukilteo, Wash. (Kamiak HS) Crossfire Premier
 Kaytee O’Brien MF/D  Jr.-TR    Colleyville, Texas (Heritage HS/UNC Greensboro) Dallas Sting
 Teresa Offerman D  Jr.-TR    Wichita, Kan. (Bishop Carroll HS/Butler [Kan.] CC) Wichita Fire
 Happy Orere-Amadu F/MF  Jr.-TR   New York, N.Y. (Truman HS/Monroe [N.Y.]) Independente
 Tyane Ramos F/D  Fr.-HS   Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson HS) Lonestar SC
 Megan Snyder MF/D  Jr.-TR   Overland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West HS/Butler [Kan.] CC) Kansas City Comets
 Kat Tesno GK  Fr.-HS   Conroe, Texas (Oak Ridge HS) Texas Rush
 Taylor Wingerden F  Jr.-TR   Macedon, N.Y. (Palmyra-Macedon HS/Monroe [N.Y.] CC) Rochester Ravens
 Shelby Wright D/MF  Jr.-TR   Yuma, Ariz. (Mitchell HS/Nova Southeastern [Fla.]) RSL-Florida
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