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Mighty Lizards Celebrate 2021 Graduates

Six members of the Mighty Lizard soccer teams who are graduating in 2021.
Emile Guzman

This spring, TMCC Athletics will celebrate the graduation of their Class of 2021 student-athletes, marking the second graduating class of TMCC Soccer to complete their degree programs. While most of this year’s student-athletes plan to return for the Fall Semester and play an extra season of competition, their achievement remains special to them, their families, and TMCC. 

Celebrating 2021 Student-Athlete Graduates

Anthony Chavez, Defender: Chavez will graduate from TMCC with his associate of science degree. He aspires to pursue a career in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering. Chavez also plans to stay with TMCC come Fall, citing his relationships with all of his teammates as too hard for him to leave. 

Daisy De La Torre-Jimenez, Forward: De La Torre-Jimenez will earn an associate degree in health science from TMCC this spring. Like many of her teammates, she will also be returning to play one more season with the Mighty Lizards in Fall 2021. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in accounting.

Brendin Lane, Goalkeeper: TMCC’s 2019 Defensive Player of the Year will graduate with his associate in psychology. He hopes to transfer to Dixie State University (St. George, UT) to continue his studies as well as his collegiate soccer career. Lane's favorite part of his time at TMCC was being around his teammates and the fun, family-like environment they created.

Yanitzia Perez-Galvan, Forward: Graduating with her associate in social work, Perez-Galvan intends to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a four-year degree in social work. Her favorite memory from her time at TMCC is being a part of the first-ever soccer season in 2019, something she acknowledges as unique and special.

Maria Villa-Cabrera, Midfielder: Villa-Cabrera also graduates this semester with her associate in social work. She hopes to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and hopes to work in the medical field after college. Maria’s favorite part about TMCC was the amazing faculty and staff who were always willing to go above and beyond, and motivated her to prepare for the future and never give up.

Malia Weller, Midfielder: Weller will graduate from TMCC with her associate in Kinesiology. She will remain with the Mighty Lizards through the Fall 2021 semester to play one additional season of soccer and get ahead on academic requirements necessary to pursue her bachelor’s degree. While she has yet to decide where she will transfer, Weller hopes to eventually pursue a career as a physical therapist. 

In addition to the Lizards graduates, TMCC Athletics wishes to recognize the student-athletes who received Skills Certificates from TMCC this semester, and are continuing their educational journey at TMCC.