Vecchio signs Murguia, Fortun for autumn 2022


BAKERSFIELD, California – CSU Bakersfield directs the women’s soccer coach Sebastian Vecchio announced that the Roadrunners have signed Iliana Murguia (Nipomo, CA) and Mya Fortun (Phoenix, AZ) two midfielders as part of the National Letters of Intent. Murguia and Fortun have signed up for next fall to take part in a larger recruiting class this spring.

“I’m looking forward to both players,” said fourth-year head coach Vecchio. “Iliana and Mya bring unique talents to our team.”

Iliana Murguia | Midfielder | Nipomo, CA | Nipomo High School
Iliana (E-lee-anna) Murguia (Mur-gee-uh) is a high school trisport athlete from the San Jose, Nipomo area who competes for the Titans in soccer, cross country, and track and field. Her coaches named her Defensive Player of the Year for two consecutive seasons after receiving honorable mention and selection for the first team in her league.

Murguia was also an all-league award winner in cross country and athletics during his time with the NHS.
She ran the second fastest 800-meter time in school history on the way to a CIF championship title in the middle class.

“Iliana is a very smart and technical player with a high soccer IQ. She loves the game and has a fantastic team-first attitude,” said Vecchio when asked about Murguia.

After the remaining soccer and athletics seasons, Iliana still has the opportunity to build on an impressive preparatory CV. She has helped Nipomo win three Ocean League championships and three Central Section championship titles in the three sports she competes in while holding a GPA above 3.5.

Mya Fortun | Midfielder | Phoenix, AZ | Desert Vista High School
Mya Fortun is an overseas recruit from Phoenix who graduated from Desert Vista last year. She earned recognition for the Thunder in soccer and athletics. In her first season, Fortun was named MVP. She helped DVHS reach a state playoff that was third in their sophomore year. Fast forward to last season when Fortun’s coach awarded her the certificate for the most goals scored.

She helped her club team, Arizona Arsenal Teal 03 Girls win a state championship in 2018 and topped off her fourth year with the Arizona Arsenal ECNL with a high grade.

Coach Vecchio said Mya was “a versatile player, very athletic and very competitive.” He added: “She can make a big difference in midfield and has the potential to influence our program immediately.”

Fortun reached the top 25 in the state of Arizona over 100m, 200m and 400m, while the 4×4 relay she ran with took fourth place at the state meet-up. She has a GPA of 4.5 and is currently the President of the Spanish Honors Society of Desert Vista.


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