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Riggs signs with Arkansas State

Navarro College sophomore third-team All-American Alexis Riggs signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to attend Arkansas State University and play soccer.

Riggs, a 5-foot-3 midfielder from Fort Worth, helped Navarro to the NJCAA Division I Soccer Tournament Finals and was a two-year all-Region XIV selection for head coach Debbie Bonner.

Riggs led her Keller Fossil Ridge High School to consecutive playoff appearances after winning the team’s Offensive Player of The Year award as a freshman.  The four-year varsity performer was a three-year All-District and All-Academic honoree.

“Lexi will bring a wealth of experience to our backline,” ASU head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge said Wednesday. “She’s a proven competitor.”

“Our goal remains to create a winning tradition and improve the reputation of the Red Wolves program,” Ziyenge said. “We have taken significant steps clinching a playoff spot each of the last three years and more importantly recording two straight winning seasons. These incoming players possess the standard required to lift our program to new heights. They however are aware that they are joining a group of returners who are now used to winning. Together we hope the two groups can become one and continue making Arkansas State a respected and feared soccer team.”

A-State advanced to the semifinal of the Sun Belt Conference tournament for the first time in school history and set numerous scoring records.

Riggs is the first of several members of the Bulldogs’ soccer team to make commitments to four-year programs.  According to Bonner, Judith Bast, Naialana Garcia and Natalia Torres are said to be considering several options.