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Roldan eager to continue winning ways for STX Generals

The South Texas Generals’ Andrea Roldan poses for a photo following a 55-0 win over the Corpus Christi Lady Sharks at El Party Dazzo Field in Edinburg.
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By KEVIN NARRO |Rio Sports Live 

EDINBURG — The South Texas Generals’  Andrea Roldan wasn’t always the biggest football fan growing up, but her search for a different craft to master has she got older led her to the gridiron.

Now a seven-year veteran, Roldan has found her calling, camaraderie and has transitioned into one of the most feared defensive players in the league. 

“I was looking for a new hobby, something new and I heard about the team and practices,” Roldan said. “Once I saw it was in Weslaco, I went and after that I could not stop. I have made a lot of good friends and this is a lot of fun to be out here.” 

Roldan began her career with the RGV Cheetahs then joined the Generals in 2015. In her time since donning football pads, Roland has been a part of two championship teams and last year  was off to one of her best starts as a General. 

Roldan is an anchor along the defensive line and recorded 14 sacks, causing fits for opposing quarterbacks while helping her team to a 4-0 start to a campaign the Generals hoped would lead to a third straight league title. 

Unfortunately for Roldan and the Generals, the Xtreme Female Football League postponed their season in March due to Covid-19. Though the league would resume play, participation was optional and the Generals voted to end their season as a precaution.

“It was a little sad because we were coming off of two straight titles and we were eager to win a third,” Roldan said. “We are still eager to get back and win again, but at that time last year, we voted not to play and to stay safe for ourselves and for our family. At that time, it was the right choice, but it was a sour taste because another team won the championship and we felt we could have made it back and won it all.”  

Roldan was one of the Generals who voted not to play. 

The South Texas Generals’ Andrea Roldan gestures to the crowd following a 55-0 win over the Corpus Christi Lady Sharks at El Party Dazzo Field in Edinburg.
(Kevin Narro | Rio Sports Live)

“I wanted to play, I’m not going to lie, but I voted not to play and it was mainly for our family,’ She said. “ A lot of the players here are moms and, at the time, we were not sure of what was going on. It was all new.” 

Roldan and the Generals now participate in the Texas Valley Sports Women’s football league and are currently 1-1 on the year with a newfound motivation and are still taking safe precautions. 

“At first, everything was different and I was personally affected by it and we should respect it and take precautions,” Roldan said. “But we still have to come out here and work, so long as we all stay safe. We have to respect it and come out here and stay safe.”  

In September the Generals met for their first team meeting and shortly after began their practices for the 2021 season. 

“It is exciting, we all stay active and it is hard with Covid still going on but I felt we started a little later but we have gone back to the basics and doing the routine things,” Roldan said. “Right now, we are getting better and heading in the right direction.”

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