FRUITLAND — Fruitland goalkeeper Julian Ramirez signed his letter of intent Friday afternoon to join the soccer team at Walla Walla Community College.
Ramirez said a big part of joining the Warriors was being a part of a successful team in the Northwest Athletic Conference.
“With their record, and what I’ve heard of the soccer program, just being a part of that team,” Ramirez said. “I want to be a part of that.”
The Warriors finished the 2018 season as the Northwest Athletic Conference East Region champions, before falling in the quarterfinals of the NWAC Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament.
Ramirez said he also bonded with Warriors coach Ben Rotert.
“He’s an awesome guy,” Ramirez said. “And I got to meet the rest of the team. They were awesome. I didn’t feel out of place there.”
Ramirez said he’s also excited to be able to play in the NWAC East, meaning he’ll have a trip to Treasure Valley Community College once a year.
“It’ll be like I’m coming home,” he said.
In getting ready for playing in college, Ramirez said he’s going to be training every aspect of his game.
“I want to work on my work ethic,” Ramirez said. “Every level that I’m at, I want to raise it. Form. Intensity. Level of game. I’m raising all levels.”
Ramirez said he’ll be studying business.
Article by Nik Streng of the Argus Observer