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BARCELONA, Spain – Former Jones Bobcat soccer player Judith Verdaguer-Sanchez has signed a professional contract.

Verdaguer-Sanchez signed recently with Liberbank Santa Teresa Badajoz to play in the top division in Spain."When I became a Bobcat, a new door opened for me," Verdaguer-Sanchez said. "I was not aware of that then, but I am now."Verdaguer-Sanchez, a Barcelona native, played the 2017 season at Jones under head coach Dolores Deasley. She helped the Bobcats to a 9-3-2 record and an MACJC and Region 23 championship. Verdaguer-Sanchez had four goals and four assists that season.

"Being able to connect with the Bobcat family and Dolores made me grow tremendously and show me the basis of hard work," Verdaguer-Sanchez said. "I believe that they pushed me to become a part of the player that I am today and, ultimately, chase my dream of playing professional soccer."

Deasley said Verdaguer-Sanchez made her mark as a Bobcat.

"We could not be more proud for Judith," she said. "Her path has not been an easy one and I've seen so many young athletes faced with the same adversities just quit and give up. Judith's attitude is what sets her apart.

"She epitomizes discipline, perseverance and sacrifice. She is all around a great person and truly deserving of this opportunity."

Verdaguer-Sanchez, a forward, was an All-Region 23 player and competed in the MACJC All-Star Game. She transferred to JCJC from Angelo State for her sophomore season.

She then signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University.

As a junior, Verdaguer-Sanchez helped Lenoir-Rhyne to an 11-6-1record with four goals and one assist. As a senior, she had two goals and one assist as Lenoir-Rhyne went 15-4 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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