CORPUS CHRISTI – Las Vegas native Meghan Cordero has signed on to be the first student-athlete in the history of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi women's soccer program, head coach Shanna Caldwell announced today. Cordero, who graduated high school in three years, will enroll at the Island University in January 2013.
The remainder of the inaugural Islanders Soccer signing class can sign their National Letters of Intent in February.
"It's appropriate that Meghan is the first signee in our program's history," Caldwell said, "because she represents exactly the kind of well-rounded student-athlete we want in an Islanders uniform. She's intelligent, hard-working and talented, and if we can build our team around players like her, we will have a lot of success as a program."
Cordero took part in the state Olympic Development Program from 2007-12 in Nevada, and also had an incredibly successful club career for Las Vegas Premier and Las Vegas Heat, playing for both teams under head coach Amanda Schmutz. Her team won the Surf Cup – one of the top club tournaments in the nation – in 2011, and was the Nevada State Cup champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She also played in the Elite Clubs National League in 2011 and 2012.
Cordero attended Shadow Ridge High School, but played just one year under Jamie Gibo in order to focus on her club career. In her lone season for Shadow Ridge, Cordero scored 17 goals and added 13 assists to earn all-state, all-region and all-conference honors. She was also named the conference's Best Offensive Player and earned her team's MVP laurels.
The daughter of Marissa and Joseph Cordero was born on June 5, 1995, and has two siblings, Connor and Erin. She intends to major in biology or athletic training at the Island University.