Women's Soccer Announces First Four Signees
Feb. 2, 2012
University of New Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela has announced the first four signees for the 2012 recruiting class. The back-to-back Mountain West champion Lobos are announcing a pair of local signees from Volcano Vista High School in Olivia Ferrier and Alyssa Coonrod, as well as Annie Wheeler from Arlington, Texas and Dylann O'Connor from West Hills, California.
Below are capsules of the first four signees. Last season the Lobos won the Mountain West regular season and conference titles, advancing to their second straight NCAA College Cup. A full story on the complete class will be posted once the final NLIs are in.
5-7 * MF * Fr.
Albuquerque, N.M. (Volcano Vista HS)
Lettered for four seasons at Volcano Vista High School under former Lobo Samantha Lucero • also lettered for one season each in track and basketball • Earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior, helping VVHS to a state title as a junior, and a runner-up finish as a senior • was also a three-time Second Team All-District selection • is a member of the National Honor Society, and she ranks in the top 10 in her class in grade point average • was an academic letter winner, and was nominated for VVHS’s Honorable Hawk award • also played Club ball for the New Mexico Rush, helping the Rush to the Club State Championship.
Personal: Is the daughter of Paul and Julie Conrood • her mother Julie is a professor of civil engineering at UNM • is undecided on a college major • favorite athlete is current Lobo basketball player Jamal Fenton • birthday is April 8, 1994.
Coach Vela on Conrood: “Alyssa is a Lobo at heart! She is a driven and determine athlete with a very high work rate. She is a native New Mexican who has incredible pride and will quickly learn her way into this program.”
5-3 * D * Fr.
Albuquerque, N.M. (Volcano Vista HS)
Lettered for four seasons at Volcano Vista High School under former Lobo Samantha Lucero • picked up a host of awards over her four-year career, highlighted by earning District Co-Player of the Year honors in 2011 as a senior • also was the District Defensive Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2010 • was a First Team All-State selection as a junior and a senior • earned First Team All-Metro in 2011, and earned First Team All-District honors all four seasons • was named District MVP as a freshman • for the fall of 2009 she was named the Albuquerque Public School Outstanding Female Athlete • was a key factor in Volcano Vista’s successes, winning a state title as a junior, and finishing second as a senior • Volcano Vista also was a state semifinalist her freshman and sophomore years • as a freshman VVHS went 17-6-0 as she scored 17 goals and added three assists, playing as a forward • as a forward again as a sophomore, VVHS went 15-5-1 as Ferrier scored 11 goals • moved to the backline as a junior, helping Volcano Vista to a state title, adding a goal and an assist with Volcano Vista going 17-4 • had another goal and an assist as Vista went 17-4 again in her senior year • was a four-year member of the National Honor Society • also played Club ball for the New Mexico Rush, where she was the 2010 team MVP, helping the Rush to the Club State Championship.
Personal: Is the daughter of Jon and Laura Ferrier • her uncle Tom Ferrier ran track at New Mexico from 1982-85 • plans to major in physical therapy • favorite athlete is Hope Solo • birthday is March 27, 1994.
Coach Vela on Ferrier: “Olivia is an athletic defender with a competitive mentality. She moved from forward to defender in high school, and she will be mentored to learn the defensive system, but she can fit in right away with her natural abilities.”
5-4 * MF * Fr.
West Hills, Calif. (El Camino Real HS)
An offensive-minded midfielder who is currently in her fourth season at El Camino Real High School under coach Eric Choi • is currently playing in her senior year, and she has to this point 39 career goals, 30 assists, and 108 career points • has led El Camino Real to a 14-2-2 record so far as a senior with 11 goals and six assists • had a fantastic junior year, leading ECRHS to a 21-3-3- record and the Los Angeles City Section CIF title • she scored 11 goals to go along with 14 assists • picked up a host of honors after he junior year, including All-Area First Team, L.A. Daily News First Team, and West Valley League Most Valuable Player • was named CIF Player of the Year after a sophomore season in which she scored seven goals and assed nine assists as ECRHS went 14-6-5 with another L.A. City Section CIF title • she served as a captain as a sophomore, becoming the youngest captain in school history • scored 10 goals with a helper as a rookie as El Camino Real went 12-8-3 • ranks among the top 20 in her class in grade point average with over a 4.0
Personal: Is the daughter of Robert and Nancy O’Connor • plans on majoring in biology • favorite athlete is Tim Tebow • birthday is April 18, 1994.
Coach Vela on O’Connor: “Dylan has a tremendous work ethic and great natural athletic abilities. She has a lot of similar qualities to some of our previous top Lobo midfielders, and I think she can put her mark quickly on the team.”
5-8 * MF/D * Fr.
Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)
Anotherhigh scoring forward who is currently in her fourth season at Arlington High School under coach Andrea Scott • had 36 goals and 36 assists for 108 points over her first three years • was named First Team All-District as a junior after leading her team to a 20-1-2 record and a District Championship • scored 14 goals and added 15 assists for 43 points as a junior • was named league MVP and team MVP • had 12 goals and 11 assists as a sophomore as Arlington went 17-3-2 • as a high school freshman scored 10 goals with 10 assists, helping Arlington for 15-4-3 • a member of AHS’s “A” honor roll, and of the National Honor Society
Personal: Is the daughter of Ron and Claire Wheeler • her grandfather Jack Wheeler played for Lobo basketball from 1943-47 • had two uncles that played tennis at UNM: Gary (1976-77) and Jerry (1977-81), and her father Ron played tennis at UNM from 1976-80 • is undecided on a college major • favorite athlete is Emily Hunter • birthday is October 19, 1993.
Coach Vela on Wheeler: “Annie comes from a family of competitive athletes, and she has a Lobo family background. She has tremendous athletic ability and mentality. She has a successful Texas background, and that should translate quickly into our Lobo style of play.”