Rebels Sign Six For Fall 2004|
Feb. 6, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Six players have signed national letters of intent to play women's soccer for UNLV starting in the fall of 2004, head coach Dan Abdalla announced on Friday.
Among the six-player recruiting class are three local Las Vegas student-athletes. First is Jessica Destito, a 5-6 midfielder for Cimarron High, and a member of both the Nevada Olympic Development team and the Region IV Olympic Development Pool, which includes the top 34 players on the west coast. One of the fastest players in the country, Abdalla expects her to give the Rebels an immediate impact on the offense next season. "Jessica is such an explosive player that every time she touches the ball she's a threat to score," noted Abdalla. She chose UNLV over Loyola Marymount, Cal State Fullerton, and Pacific.
Ashley O'Harrow is a 5-5 midfielder for Cheyanne High, and earned All-League and All-Region honors her junior season. "Ashly has great mentality in the midfield," said Abdalla. "She brings a feistiness defensively, combined with great vision and touch on the ball." She chose UNLV over Utah, Utah State, and Northern Arizona.
The third local player is Amanda Olson, a 5-8 defender for Centennial High, and a member of the Nevada Olympic Development Pool. She is also the sister of current Rebel sophomore Nicki Olson. "Amanda is such a composed defender," said Abdalla. "I look forward to watching her and her sister compete during the preseason training."
UNLV signed two players out of California. Katie Carney is a 5-5 midfielder from Lake Forest, Calif., and is a member of the Cal South Olympic Development Team. An All-Sunset League selection as a sophomore at El Toro High, she missed her junior season due to injury, and also plays for the West Coast Football Club. "Katie's a player that has such an upside to her," noted Abdalla. "She is very dangerous going to goal, but is also great at setting other players up. It's going to be fun to watch her mix into the chemistry of this team."
Erica Frizzell is a 5-7 midfielder from Pleasanton, Calif., and played for Amdor Valley High and the Pleasanton Rage Soccer Club, one of the top clubs in the nation. "Erica is a very athletic midfielder with great vision, and has the ability to create openings for other players on the offense," said Abdalla. She choose UNLV over USC, Arizona State, and Washington.
The final member of the class is Katrina Wright, a 5-7 defender from Vancouver, British Columbia. She was a member of both the U15, U16, and U17 Canadian National Team Pool and the British Columbia Provincial Team. "Katrina brings so many intangibles in her leadership, competitiveness and work ethic that I can't wait to get her into the mix," said Abdalla. "Her experience at the top level playing on a regular basis with the Canadian National team is going to provide a ton of maturity right away. She's a left-sided player so we'll be counting on her to fill the void of losing Tania Lee to graduation right away."
Commenting on the overall recruiting class, Abdalla said, "I'm excited to get these players on campus because I think they compliment our team so well with what we lost to graduation. This is probably the deepest and most experienced class we've ever brought in, so it's going to be great to see how everything molds together next season."
This past season, UNLV finished fifth in the Mountain West Conference, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2003 Mountain West Tournament, tying Utah in the semifinals though the Utes would advance after winning a penalty kick shootout. The Rebels finished the season at 9-9-3, and 2-4 in the conference.