Former Mountain View and Pima soccer standout Patience Bartz signed to play for Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), an NAIA school in Waxahachie, TX. The Lions play in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
“I have chosen this school because it will allow me to grow as a player as well as grow in my faith,” Bartz said in a release. “I was also able to connect really well with the team and coaches. There are many opportunities for me at SAGU and I look forward to this next chapter in Texas.”
Bartz played in 18 games for her career at Pima and made five starts in the backfield. She helped the Aztecs reach back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Region I, Division I playoffs
“My experience at Pima gave me the opportunity to stay close to home while being a student and continue playing soccer,” Bartz added. “Pima has helped me grow as a player with the help from my coaches and teammates.”
Bartz was named NJCAA All-Academic Second Team in her freshman year.
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