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Jimi Guibor signs her letter of intent to play soccer at Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama this fall.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED July 24, 2012 11:56 p.m.

Manteca High graduate and four-year varsity soccer player Jimi Guibor is joining the Auburn University at Montgomery Soccer program in Alabama.

Guibor inked her scholarship with the Warhawks and will be competing with the program when preseason activities get under way next week. Guibor joins a Warhawk program that competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference under the National Association Intercollegiate Athletics umbrella.

“College was definitely a goal for me,” Guibor said. “I always wanted to play college soccer and that’s how I always figured I’d get into college. It was always something I wanted.

“I took it seriously; it was almost like a job.”

Guibor put together a decorated Manteca High career, playing varsity volleyball and basketball along with her four-year soccer commitment. Guibor’s role as the Buffaloes’ keeper was instrumental in Manteca’s two Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths during her four seasons.

Her efforts on the pitch opened up a quality opportunity for her in Alabama. The Warhawks have collected one S.S.A.C championship and have earned a berth into the NAIA National Championship Tournament on three occasions.

The program has nearly 20 players who have earned All-American status and featured a roster that has more than a dozen players from outside the United States, including Brazil, Germany, England and Iceland.

“I’m excited because we’re always just used to Californians,” Guibor said. “I’ll be getting to meet people from out of the country, so that alone is pretty exciting.

“A lot of the girls are from Iceland, so it will definitely be interesting.”

The programs will begin workouts Tuesday and open their 2012 practice schedule on August 6. Guibor will make the drive south to Montgomery, AL with her father, who will fly back to California after a few workouts. Head coach Jamey Newsome is poised to pull his program in the right direction and he feels Guibor is a key ingredient in accomplishing that.

“I’m definitely ready and I am so excited for the opportunity,” Guibor said. “I’ve been working out and getting all prepared for it and I’m ready to go.”

Auburn University awarded Guibor an athletic scholarship that covers the full cost of the school’s tuition as well as half of room and board costs.

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