Melissa Ortiz - Forward

Name: Melissa Ortiz
Pronunciation: or-TEEZ
Position: Forward/ Midfield
Height: 5-8
Date of birth: Jan. 24, 1990
Age: 24
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Citizenship: USA
College: Lynn University
Last club: KR Reykjavik
How acquired: Signed as a free agent on Dec. 5, 2013
Follow on Twitter @MelissaMOrtiz

With FC Reykjavik: In her first professional soccer season, played in 11 matches (10 starts), scored four goals and eight assists for the Icelandic club that competed in Pepsi Deildin ... Signed by club on July 7, 2013.

International: Member of the Colombian Women's National Team ... has 10 caps and four goals for the senior team, including two appearances at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and two appearances at the World Match World Womens Cup 2012 in Switzerland ... Was an alternate in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany … Competed with Colombia in the 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany, placing fourth in the tournament, where she played four games and scored Colombia's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Germany. 

College: Four-year starter at Lynn University in Florida ... Scored 44 goals (eighth most in school history) and tallied 24 assists ... Ranks fourth all-time in game-winning goals (13), third in minutes played (5,635) and first in shots on goal (157) ... Senior Year: Started 19 of 19 games; Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year; Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Year; First-Team All Conference; Daktronics All-South; Led team to first NCAA National Tournament since 1998, reaching round of 16; 10th player in Lynn University History to accumulate over 100 points; Scored team-leading 10 goals and 4 assists for 24 points; Awarded Lynn Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player; 2011 Best Play Award; and the 2011-2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award ... 2010/2011 Junior Year:  Started 12 of 13 games; Sunshine State Conference Second-Team Forward;Third-Team ESPN Academic All-District; ESPN 360 Radio’s “Athlete of the month- September” ... 2009/2010 Sophomore Year: Started all 18 games; Sunshine State Conference First-Team Forward; Conference Leading Scorer 14 goals, 9 assists; NSCAA All-South Region Award; Daktronics First Team All-South Region; Lynn Women’s Soccer Most Valuable Player; Third-Team Academic All-American ... 2008/2009 Freshman Year: Started all 18 games;Two-time Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week; Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year; NSCAA All-Region Award; Conference Leading Scorer 17 goals; 9 assists; total points 43

Scholastic/Club: Graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla. and graduated in 2008 with honors ... Top 20 in high school class and received the International Baccalaureate Diploma ... Was the leading scorer each season with the varsity soccer team … Awarded the Crusader Award in 2006, the Alumni Award in 2007, and Most Valuable Player Award in 2008 ... Palm Beach Post’s First Team All-Count and All-Conference Player ... Totaled 91 goals and 32 assists ... Also a starter on the program’s first women’s varsity lacrosse team that advanced to regional finals ... Played club soccer for Wellington Wave Soccer Club until 2007.

Personal: Daughter of Francisco and Gloria Ortiz, both moved to the U.S. from Colombia ... Youngest of three siblings, including two brothers Jonathan and Christian Ortiz ... Loves traveling, music, and architecture ... Received a bachelor’s degree in International Business and an MBA in Marketing.

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