Feb. 13, 2013
Forward/Midfielder, 5-5, Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly H.S.
Quoting Miller: “Arielle comes from the same Slammers FC club as Jaci. She has been able to make herself a quality technical player and has a knack for finding the goal from both the striker position as well as attacking mid. Her athleticism, strength and vision will give us added dynamic play to our frontline.”
High School: Will graduate in June, 2013 from 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 ranked among the nation’s top-5 best club teams…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.
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…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.