Three years ago, the Ardmore Lady Tigers soccer team played its first official game as a program.

Three years ago, the Ardmore Lady Tigers soccer team played its first official game as a program.

On Thursday, just over three years after its inception, the player who scored the first ever goal for the program made another first, by signing to play college soccer.

Senior standout Ashley Monterrosa put pen to paper on a National Letter of Intent to go play college soccer for Redlands College in El Reno inside the Ardmore High School lobby, as her teammates, coaches and friends all watched on.

The historic moment came on the heels of another first for the program, as Monterrosa learned she was named Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention, the first such honor for the Lady Tigers soccer program.

“I’m like speechless to be completely honest,” Monterrosa said about signing. “This was something I never thought possible this year, or even three years ago. But I just kept working hard, keeping my grades up, and good things have happened to me because of those things.”

“There were times during the summer that I wasn’t sure if this was all worth it,” Monterrosa added. “I saw myself, and I knew I had to make a change to be better for my team and it just made me work harder and I can now say it was all worth it in the end.” 

This season Monterrosa set a new standard for the Lady Tigers, as she led the team with a career-high of 13 goals.

Ardmore finished this season 6-10 overall, just missing out on a playoff spot as the Lady Tigers finished 3-4 in district play.

Monterrosa will bring a much needed offensive boost to a Redlands team which went 9-6-2 this past season, including 5-5-2 in conference play.

Redlands averaged 1.76 goals per game, while allowing 1.36 goals per game. 

“It hasn’t sunk it yet that I’ve accomplished as much as I have for this program,” Monterrosa said. “I’m just glad I’ve had the chance to inspire the younger girls and give them something to work towards when they become seniors.”

Ashley said she plans to study nursing while attending Redlands College. 

“To have the chance to play soccer and study nursing is a dream come true for me,” she said.