Hound soccer signs three midfielders

Freedom Newspapers

Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Carlos Elizondo has announced the signing of three midfielders to national letters of intent, bringing the program’s total number of signees for next year to 10.

Two of the players are from Toronto, Canada — Stephen Alicandro and Renato Ortega — while the third is Eric Perea from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque. All are incoming freshmen.

Alicandro played for four years at Danta Alighieri Academy in Toronto, while Ortega is playing his second season on the senior soccer team at his high school, Brebeuf College.
Ortega was his team’s most valuable player in the 2004-05 season. He plans to major in elementary education, with a minor in bilingual education.

“Stephen is a player that will add great depth to our midfield,” Elizondo said. “Renato is a gifted midfielder with a great work ethic, (and) we expect him to make an immediate impact on the team.”

Perea was a Class 5A all-state selection at La Cueva last year after earning all-state honorable mention in 5A as a junior.

“Eric is another midfielder who has done a great job for his club and high school teams,” Elizondo said.

The Greyhounds, entering their third year in the fall, compete in the eight-team Southwest Soccer Conference.