It was a bittersweet moment Wednesday as Coach Rolando Borjon introduced his all-state soccer player Reagan Carter and her decision to sign a national letter of intent to guard the goal for Eastern New Mexico University.
“Today, we are here to celebrate Reagan Carter’s signing to play at the next level at ENMU,” Borjon said.
Borjon is proud of his senior goalkeeper, who will be foregoing her final season of high school soccer because she is also a powerhouse in the classroom and is graduating early in December.
While Borjon may be smiling his competitive heart has to be a little sad because the Lady Rams are losing the district’s best goalkeeper.
Carter’s credits include three all-state selections, 2017 defensive newcomer of the year, two-time goalkeeper of the year, 587 saves, 39 shutouts and 43 wins over three seasons of play.
When asked if she has any second thoughts about forgoing her senior year, Carter didn’t hesitate to confirm her choices.
“I’m ready to take on the next challenge, and I’m prepared to play for ENMU,” Carter said.
Senior Whitney Dockwiler is expected to be the ENMU in the goal this season, but watchers have already predicted Carter will be a stronger challenger for the position. The Lady Greyhounds have three goalies on their current roster, but none have Carter’s high school pedigree in the sport, and at 6-0 in height she has about a four-inch advantage over her competition.