Mikhaela Cortez, flanked by her parents Niah and Lee, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for UTSA. (provided photo)

Mikhaela Cortez, flanked by her parents Niah and Lee, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for UTSA. (provided photo)

Cortez signs with UTSA / Soccer

Oak Harbor High School senior Mikhaela Cortez signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 13, to play soccer for the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Cortez, a four-year starter, helped Oak Harbor reach the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003.

“We are so lucky to have a talented player of Mik’s ability in this class,” Derek Pittman, UTSA coach, said. “She moves extremely well and is an imposing defender for any attacker. Not only can she deliver crunching tackles in 50/50 challenges, she also has the pace to run down the fastest opponents. With her size, she is strong at winning aerial battles and is also a quality communicator from the center back position.”

UTSA, a Division I school, plays in the Conference USA and posted an 8-8-1 record this fall.

Cortez, the daughter of Lee and Niah Cortez, is also a three-letter winner for the Oak Harbor High School basketball team.