PSJA Southwest athlete signs to play Division 1 Soccer with Texas Southern University  

PHARR – Karla Olivarez, recent graduate of PSJA Southwest Early College
High School signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Texas Southern
University in Houston this fall. She is the first PSJA Southwest soccer athlete
to sign with a Division 1 school.
Under Texas Southern University head coach Kathryn Saunders, the team
has high expectations after a 2016 that produced the most successful
season in Lady Tigers history. TSU claimed its first winning season in
program history with an 11-7- 1 record and won its first-ever postseason
game. The TSU Tigers women’s soccer season kicks off August 12 against
Nichols State in Thibodaux, LA., and concludes October 27.
Karla was a 4-year member of the Javelina Girls Soccer Team, where she
also served as Captain. She helped the Lady Javelinas reach the playoffs
each year and win a District Championship. She was also named All-District
1st Team.
While in high school she was a member of the National Honor Society and
was in the top 10 percent of her class. She graduated with an Associate
Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from South Texas College prior to her
high school graduation.
Texas Southern University possesses an impressive array of more than 100
undergraduate and graduate programs and concentrations, a diverse
faculty, 80-plus student organizations, and an extensive alumni network
comprised of educators, entrepreneurs, public servants, lawyers, pilots,
artists, and more, many of whom are change agents on the local, national
and international stage. Nestled upon a sprawling 150-acre campus, Texas
Southern University’s academic curriculum is organized into eleven colleges
and schools that continue to serve as cornerstones for developing the
greatest potential in leaders from various socioeconomic, cultural and
ethnic backgrounds. Some of TSU’s well-known graduates include the late
U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and U.S. Congressman George
“Mickey” Leland.
Founded in 1927, the university’s enrollment has grown to more than 9,200
undergraduate and graduate students from across the world. Texas
Southern University has become one of the most diverse institutions in

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