The 2021 Fall Youth Soccer Season is underway, and El Paso Locomotive is proud to present the first team formed under the Locomotive Youth Soccer umbrella for female players. The team has been together and practicing since early September and is looking forward to upcoming games and tournaments.
Under the leadership of Head Coach Keighton Hines, the Locomotive Under-18 girls’ team is composed of players from several high schools in across El Paso. Coach Hines, a former standout of the UTEP Women’s Soccer program, serves as a great role model, mentor, and leader for these female players.
“I am thrilled to be coaching this fantastic group of young women who represent the high-quality soccer found here in El Paso,” said Hines. “I believe the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club is the preeminent club for players and families in our region who want to play at the next level. Our girls’ team has players from different schools and different backgrounds. We have been coming together as a team over the past few weeks. As part of the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club, the players and team will have many unique opportunities. The girls are already working really hard on the field to make the most of it.”
Among those unique opportunities, the Locomotive Youth Soccer Club U-18 Girls’ Team is arranging several local games, including an October 30 game at Southwest University Park. During the Thanksgiving weekend in November, the club plans to attend a top-level college showcase against quality opponents from across the nation.
Hines continued, “We will be taking this team to a tournament in Dallas at the end of November. This will provide these players with exposure to college coaches, and we look forward to helping them with the college recruiting process.”
Coach Hines knows that process well, having herself played club soccer and gone through the college recruiting process. With several college options, Hines chose to attend UTEP, where she excelled in soccer and in the classroom. In 2016, Hines earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration before continuing on to receive a Master’s Degree in Economics in 2018.
The Locomotive U-18 Girls’ Team will practice and play during the 2021 Fall Youth Soccer Season, will take a break for the El Paso High School season in the winter and then come together again for the Youth Soccer Spring Season.
El Paso Locomotive Youth Soccer Club currently fields 18 teams for boys and now have added the first team for girls with more to come in the future.
Click below to look at the full 2021 Locomotive Girls' Team U18 roster