STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
The undisputed leader of the Marble Falls High School girls soccer team signed a National Letter of Intent on April 26 to play for Concordia University.
Jessica De La Hoya had 43 goals, 21 assists, and 18 saves as a goalie.
Marble Falls head coach Cory Maxwell said De La Hoya would have scored 50 goals if he hadn’t made her a goalie.
“She is extremely skilled,” he said. “She can play every position on the field at any time. She has great awareness. She can score, she can defend, she can play it all.”
De La Hoya, a four-year letterman, spent hours on practice fields and weeks playing the sport. That dedication is what attracted Concordia University, located in Austin.
It also stood out to her teammates, who voted her a captain this year.
That role empowered her to step up in ways that went beyond the final score.
“We had to win games and try our hardest every game,” she said.
She played volleyball but quit to focus on soccer and enjoyed playing for Maxwell.
“He listens to what we want and listens to our opinion,” she said. “He doesn’t make us feel like we don’t know what we’re doing.”
The daughter of Junior Ramirez and Veronica De La Hoya is leaning toward a major in communication.