On early signing day, Xya Balderas is surrounded by her coaches and family. Xya signed a letter of intent with Houston Baptist University.
On early signing day, North Dallas star athlete Xya Balderas’ hard work has paid off. She signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Houston Baptist University next year.
Xya scored 34 goals during the 2017-18 season and 26 during the 2016-17 season. She led the Lady Bulldogs into the Class 5A playoffs last season.
Xya said she was talked to officials from Houston Baptist during a club tournament in Seattle.
“They offered me at a club tournament in Seattle,” Xya said during the district cross country meet at Norbuck Park. “They had already watched me play through my club season. They contacted me when I came back from Seattle and I went to go visit. I liked it.”
Xya said she plans to major in kinesiology at Houston Baptist.
This fall, Xya competed in cross country and volleyball for the Lady Bulldogs, while playing club soccer. but soccer is her sport. Last spring, she also ran track, competing on the relay teams.
Some of her coaches had a few words to say about her:
Cross country Coach Troy Power said: “She was a leader who was instrumental in getting the girls to Regionals. Very much a leader! However, the best thing about Xya is not her athletic ability. She is one of the most respectful people I know. She believes in working very hard! Not just on the field, but also in the classroom. In a time where many students feel entitled to something….Not her! She believes in working hard in whatever she does. She is one of the rare ones that if you put her in any era, she would be still be successful! I look forward to seeing what she accomplishes, again not just on the athletic field. I could go on (like the Energizer Bunny), but am sure that you have a certain amount of space.”
Volleyball Coach Alana Cummings said: “I always called her the glue of the team. She was the common agent and the coach on the court. She knows everybody’s personalities and knows how to adjust her temperament and conversation to everybody’s personality. So definitely she was the glue and the coach on the court.”
Coach William Prussack, who coached the Lady Bulldogs soccer team the past two seasons, said: “Xya is a very competitive student athlete who has a promising future at the collegiate level,” said . “I am certain she will make a significant contribution to Houston Baptist University. … Xya’s performance while playing for North Dallas had a lot to do with our success last year. I enjoyed watching her play.”
Xya Balderas, standing with cross country Coach Troy Power, helped the cross country team advance to regionals this season.
Speaking last month at the District 12-4A cross country meet, Xya described her busy schedule.
“I have soccer practice Monday, Tuesday and Thursday,” she said. “I miss the volleyball games on Tuesdays. So I play the volleyball games on Friday. Then Saturdays and Sundays are my club soccer games.
“And cross country, I come to the meets that I can make. I make it to very few practices for cross country but Coach Power understands.”
The Lady Bulldogs soccer season will be starting after Christmas. This season, she will be joined on the team by younger sister and freshman Isis Balderas.
“I started playing soccer when I was 4,” Xya said. “I actually played with boys until I was 10 and then I moved to a girls team. I was on an all-boys team for six years. Most of my cousins were guys who played so I would play with them.”
Xya, whose favorite player is Messi, is a master at dribbling a soccer ball, and has made many opponents look silly with her ability to dribble the ball. She scored most of her goals from more than 20 yards, sending shots into the corners or over the goalkeepers’ heads. She credits her talent to her parents.
“I think it was a little bit from my mom and my dad because they both played when they were younger,” she said. “They actually played for North Dallas. My mom did. My dad didn’t.”
Senior Xya Balderas and brother Alberto Balderas at the volleyball team’s Senior Night.
Homecoming Queen Xya Balderas and King Modesto Ottenwarden were crowned at the North Dallas Homecoming Dance.
Coach Troy Power and Xya Balderas pose with the team trophy at the District 12-4A meet.
Xya Balderas and her volleyball teammates have fun against Roosevelt in a district game.
Xya Balderas and her cross country teammates captured second place at the District 12-4A meet.