Cinthia Ruiz is one of the team-leaders and also one of the team's most stable defenders.
Ruiz returned after sitting-out the 2002 season with a knee injury...She started and played in 18 matches as a junior...Scored one goal and one assist for three total points...Tallied her goal in a win over Southern Utah...With Ruiz in the lineup, the Gauchos allowed 15 goals in 18 matches for a goals against average of less than 1.00, but in the three matches in which she missed, UCSB allowed six goals.
Ruiz made the shift from midfielder to defender during her sophomore season...She actually opened the season as a midfielder...Emerged late in the season as the Gaucho defense made huge strides after struggling early in the year...Played in 14 contests, starting ten...Scored her only goal of the season against Westmont.
She played in 17 matches as a freshman, starting three...While she did not score, Ruiz did attempt 12 shots on the year.
At the club level, she played for the Redlands Los Gauchos for two years and the San Bernardino Corinthians for one...Ruiz was honored as the Most Valuable Player for the 2000 Under 17 Celtic Cup Tournament with the Corinthians...Ruiz attended Cathedral City High School...She started playing for the Varsity squad as a freshman at center midfield earning First Team All-Desert Valley League honors all four years...She also holds her school's and league's record for most career assists with 98...Coached by Jesse Ruiz.
Born August 21, 1982 in Palm Springs, CA...She is double majoring in Business Economics and Mathematics with aspirations to become an Accountant or High School Teacher...Ruiz also played and ran on her high school Volleyball, Cross Country, and Track teams...The daughter of Rafael and Nora Ruiz.