Memphis Adds Mexican Star Natalia Gómez-Junco
April 28, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Thursday the addition of standout center midfielder Natalia Gómez -Junco for the 2011-12 season. Gómez-Junco is the 14th addition to the roster for the upcoming season.
"Natalia is not one of the typical players we recruit," Monaghan said. "We would normally go out to tournaments and watch people play, but when I was able to watch her play through video on the internet and we did our research, we found out she was the real deal."
Gómez-Junco was a standout midfielder for the Mexico U-20 National Team in the World Cup in 2010 and remains a member of the national squad. The Nuevo León, Mexico native scored a goal in the quarterfinals against Korea. She is a six-time all-state selection in Nuevo Leon and her Prepa Tec squad claimed two national championships (2008/2010) and earned a third place finish in the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Her private high school won first place in the national tournament of private high schools in 2009 and she was named the MVP of the tournament.
"To add a player like Natalia with her international experience this late in the process, is a bonus for us," Monaghan said. "We expect her to come in and make an impact for us right off the bat and add more depth to the current roster along with the other players we have coming in."