OKLAHOMA CITY (July 30, 2013) – Areli Bermudez Delgado and Estefania Bermudez Delgado, sisters who have played for an age-group national soccer team from Mexico, have transferred from NCAA Division I Monmouth to Oklahoma Christian, OC women’s coach Randall Robison said Thursday.
The sisters, who are from Madero, Mexico, will be immediately eligible at OC, which soon will enter the second year of the NCAA Division II membership process. Areli is a defender and midfielder, while Estefania is a forward.
“We are very excited for Stef and Areli to join us this fall,” Robison said. “They are both wonderful young ladies that will certainly contribute to the OC community on a daily basis. We look for both to make an immediate impact on the soccer field as well. Their experience with the Mexican National Team program and at the Division I level should be very beneficial to the success of our team.
“Stef will be a big part of our attacking options. She is a creative player that can make her own opportunities to score. Areli will likely be a very consistent face in our back four or even in our central midfield positions. She is a good defender that is quite comfortable getting forward as well.”
Before arriving at Monmouth, the sisters played and trained with Mexico’s Women’s National Under-17 Team in 2009 and won four national titles with the Tamaulipas state team.
Both played for Monmouth during the 2011 season, as the Hawks finished 11-8. Areli saw action in four games and scored one goal, that in a win over New Jersey Institute of Technology, while Estefania appeared in seven games as a freshman.
Last season, Estefania appeared in five games while Areli did not play. Monmouth finished 10-7-2.
OC will open its season on Sept. 5 at local rival Central Oklahoma.