Mia Ramos and Haziel Mejia made program history as the first soccer players to sign to the Texas Southmost College NJCAA programs for men and women, respectively.

TSC Executive Director of Athletics and Civility Dr. Armando Ponce along with soccer coach Mario Zamora and Raul Cano, Coordinator of Recreation Center represented Texas Southmost College.

The two standouts from IDEA Riverview High School will transition from Rockets to Scorpions when they graduate this Spring and join TSC’s program in the Fall.

The boys’ and girls’ teams at Riverview, which they lead, are at the top of the standings.

Ramos said that her path wasn’t easy and there were points she thought she’d have to stop playing soccer. Now she can continue her career with the ability to have family support her at home matches.

“I’m very grateful that my family and everyone else has supported me through this road,” Ramos said. “I’m very grateful to be able to play at the college level, not everybody gets the chance to keep playing. It feels amazing because my mom and dad come to every game. I love feeling their support so it’s good to be home.”

Meija said this moment was something he had been looking forward to since he was a young player.

“This is a very proud moment. I’ve been waiting for this since I was a child,” Meija said. “I am especially happy to make my mother proud, she has always been there for me. I’m going to have family, friends and those who have supported me through the years able to keep watching me play.”

IDEA Riverview Athletic Coordinator Albert Perez graduated from UTB/TSC, so he is happy to see an athletic program return to Brownsville.

“I’m very proud that TSC has brought back athletics and for us to be the first school to have students sign is just a blessing,” Perez said. “Proximity was a huge selling point. There were other schools showing interest for both athletes but the fact they get to stay home, in Brownsville, and play for everyone that was a part of their journey was hard to pass up.”

Texas Southmost College’s soccer programs are beginning to fill out the rosters for men and women. The first home match is slated for September 1st, 2023.

“This is an exciting moment for the program. We just signed two talented players that will help us succeed on and off the field,” Zamora said. “I’m very excited to have local, RGV players having the opportunities to play at the next level. I’m from here and I know the players and the community. The community support is going to go a long way.”

Keep following Texas Southmost College webpages and social media to see who else will be representing your Scorpions in the Fall.

“TSC is a great option for local talent to play at the next level,” Zamora said. “We’re going to be reaching out to athletes both male and female to see if they want to be a part of something special.”