DURHAM, N.H. – Head coach Sam Lopes of the University of New Hampshire women's soccer program is pleased to announce the signing of six student-athletes to the roster for the 2014 season.
In addition to adding three transfer students, Morgan Smith (Canton, Conn.), Caroline Murray (New Canaan, Conn.) and Abby Short (Stratham, N.H.), the roster will feature Jacquelyn Feraco (Worcester, Mass.), Fallon Greene (Smithfield, R.I.), Veronica Hardy (North Smitfield, R.I.), Brooke Murphy (Monson, Mass.), Mia Neas (Old Saybrook), Conn.) and Reilly Williams (Suffield, Conn.) to round out the newcomers of 2014.
Feraco comes to UNH after a distinguished career at Worcester Academy where she was a four-year varsity starter. As a senior, she was named the captain and Most Valuable Player of the team. Off the field, Feraco earned a spot on the Headmasters List and honor roll in each of her four years. In 2011, Feraco was a member of the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A Championship team.
Coach Lopes on Ferarco: "Jackie's vision and distribution is outstanding. She is a versatile flank player that has the ability to attack in a variety ways from wider positions."
Greene joins the squad after playing four years of varsity soccer at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, R.I. In 2012, Greene was named the MVP of the state finals, an All-Tournament selection, and an All-State selection. She repeated as an All-State member the following year. From 2012-14, Greene was tabbed an All-Division selection.
Coach Lopes on Greene: Fallon is a very athletic central defender with excellent size. She has a presence on the field and will be a great addition to our back line.
Hardy arrives in Wildcat Country from La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. She was a four year member of the varsity squad and a team captain for two years. In 2013, Hardy was named a first team All-State selection, the state finals MVP and to the All-Tournament Team. Academically, Hardy was a member of the La Salle Academic Honor Roll in each of her four years.
Coach Lopes on Hardy: "Veronica is extremely athletic. She has outstanding work rate with excellent pace and her versatility will be a great asset to our program."
Murphy comes to the program after a decorated career at Monson High School where she earned NSCAA All-America honors. She started each of the six years of varsity soccer she played, including as a seventh and eighth grader. In those six years, she recorded 243 points, earned five All-League Player awards, three All-State accolades, and was an All-Scholastic student-athlete in each of those six years. Murphy was a member of the U14 ODP Region-I squad that traveled to Costa Rica for competition and most recently played club soccer with FC Stars of Mass. She is a member of the IMG Academy 150 Player Pool.
Coach Lopes on Murphy: "Brooke is very talented who is extremely competitive. She is an attacking minded player that can influence games with her ability to orchestrate and score goals."
Neas most recently played high school soccer at Old Saybrook High School in Old Saybrook, Conn. There, she was a two-time First Team All-State selection and a three-time First Team All-Conference member. For the 2012-13 season, Neas earned the Old Saybrook High School Athlete of the Year Award while being honored as a scholar athlete for two years. She holds the OSHS record for career shutouts.
Coach Lopes on Neas: Mia comes from a great club with a rich tradition in developing goal keepers. She athletic, has excellent hands and confident in the goal.
Williams was a four year varsity starter at Suffield High School in Suffield, Conn. There, she was named a Class LL All-Conference Team selection (2011-13), a Connecticut LL Division All-State Selection (2013), and earned the Suffield High School Coaches Award in 2013. In each of her four years at SHS, she earned a spot on the honor roll. Williams also earned the Scholar Athlete Award from 2011-13.
Coach Lopes on Williams: Reilly is a skillful front runner who can score goals. She is a technical player who also has the ability to be an effective flank player.
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