QUOTING MILLER: “Ari had a breakout season last year as full-time defender. She gained confidence as the season went on and there’s little doubt she do more of the same this year. Her experience in the back will be critical to us solidifying that line.”
CAREER: Competed with St. Kitts and Nevis national team in 2015 Olympic qualifiers...Tallied 33 appearances and 1,417 career minutes.
2015: Appeared in four games, last against No. 1 Virginia (Oct. 31)...Recorded one shot at Akron (Sept. 13).
2014: Played in all 18 games and started 11 matches as a sophomore defender…Earned first career start vs. Robert Morris (Aug. 27)…Also recorded first career shot and shot on goal vs. Robert Morris…Played a career-high 93 minutes vs. Louisville (Oct. 23) and saw 90 minutes of playing time in matches at La Salle (Sept. 7), vs. VCU (Sept. 12), vs. Clemson (Oct. 26) and at Virginia (Nov. 1)…Played a role in four shutouts on year…Played 1,253 minutes on the season.
2013: Saw action in 11 matches and 92 minutes as a freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: A June 2013 graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif....Helped guide the Slammers Football Club, coached by Walid Khoury, to tournament titles at the Manchester Cup (finalist, 2009), Surf Cup (champions, 2010), California State Cup (champions, 2011), USYSA Region 4 (champions, 2011), ECNL Nationals (champions, 2011), USYSA National Championships (4th place, 2012) and ECNL Nationals (first place, 2012)...The Slammers were named the top soccer club in the ECNL in 2012...Also competed for the Beach Football Club, coached by Dave Kelsey...Two-year varsity soccer letterwinner (freshman and sophomore seasons) at Long Beach Poly for head coach Teri Collins...National Honor Society member...Played ODP for Southern California in 2010.
PERSONAL: Born Arielle Fernandez on October 31, 1995...Daughter of Maceo and Tanya Fernandez of Long Beach, Calif....Nickname is Ari...Mother competed in track and field at Cal-Berkeley...Father played high school football...Established musician who has played the violin, clarinet/bass clarinet and tenor saxophone...Also would like to learn how to play the piano and guitar...Toured Europe with the All Southern California Ambassadors of Music, performing in England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany...Hobbies and interests include the beach, traveling, dancing and listening to music...Played on the FC Slammers Club team with fellow Pitt signee and California native Jaci Brown...Intends to major in biology...Undeclared major and enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences.
Minutes: 93, vs. Louisville, 10/23/14.
Shots: 1, two times, last vs. Akron, 9/13/15.
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