Las Cruces regulators: Women’s pro soccer team ends first season strong

By Mike Cook

It was a successful first season for the Cruces Regulators, the city’s women’s professional soccer team, which finished 4-2.

“It’s been a great first season and we plan to come back even better than ever for the next one,” Regulators (GM) Managing Director Jamar Cotton said on the team’s Facebook page. “I can say with great love and respect that we have one of the best D3 (Women’s Football Alliance [WFA] Division 3) teams to do so.

“We look forward to the growth this offseason will give us to come back and represent our city, our state and the women’s game,” added Cotton.

The Regulators closed their season on May 28 with a 20-6 win over the Rocky Mountain Thunderkatz at Field of Dreams in Las Cruces – they also beat the Thunderkatz on May 7 in Colorado Springs. On May 21, Las Cruces finished a two-game sweep of the Sun City Stealth 48-20 at El Paso.

The team’s only two losses of the season were against the top two seeds in the WFA American Conference – Arizona Outkast and Oklahoma City Lady Force.

“We had a lot to prove and we proved it,” tight end Cindy Pitts said ahead of the Regulators’ final game of the season.

The entire team is grateful to the community for their support, Pitts said.

“We’re family,” defensive lineman Melinda Bennett said. Having seven WFA All-America selections “puts Las Cruces on the map,” she said.

For regulators, the season started as a hobby for team members who are now “living like a dream,” cornerback Karla Garcia Romero said.

All of the regulators’ coaches had played football before, and some had coached women, catcher Mia Melchor said. “We learn as we go. We respect each other. »

The team’s seven 2022 All Americans said they recognize regulators are paving the way for girls and women who want to play professional football.

“This is just the beginning for Cruces Regulators,” Pitts said.

“The success of our first year would not have been possible without the dedicated women, coaches, support staff, community sponsors, family/friends and owners, Derek Smith and Robert Rodriquez,” said Cotton.

Regulators who have earned WFA All-America status are: first-team All-America running back/wide receiver/safety Wyshana Brooks and cornerback Karla Garcia Romero; second team linebacker MariSol Martinez; and kicker Garbriela “Gabby” Cotton, offensive lineman Melinda Bennett, tight end Cindy Pitts and wide receiver Mia Melchor, all from the third team.

In addition to team members who made All-America, the regulators roster includes linebacker Gloria Hernandez, defensive back Sharde Papillon, defensive end Jessica Asmore, linebacker Bernina Gray, quarterback Mariah Bartlett, safety Javinava Scarbrough, safety La Nell Scarbrough, defensive lineman Sariah, defensive lineman Joanne Pizarro, offensive lineman Janie Caballero, offensive lineman Xenia Perrien, offensive lineman Jazmine Moorer, player defensive lineman Yvette Ceniceros, defensive lineman Susana Holguin and offensive lineman Kylee Anne Kipp.

The Regulators head coach is Brian Bartlett. Noah Bartlett is the offensive coordinator and BJ Herrera is the defensive coordinator. The assistant coaches are Tre Bennett, Paul Mendoza and Anger Torres.

Regulators will hold trials later this year for their 2023 season.

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