April 18, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. --- University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has announced that Cassie Hanson, a forward from Ogden, Utah, has signed a letter of intent for the 2012 season. Hanson brings the incoming class of signees to nine, joining eight announced in February.
Hanson, 5-8, should bring some size to the Lobo offense. She scored 30 goals in her high school career at Ogden High, but it was her play during her senior season that stands out. With Ogden, Hanson netted 20 goals and dished out 16 assists in leading the Tigers to a 17-2 record, winning the Region 11 championship and the Utah State Championship as well.
Of the 20, her biggest goal might well have been in the semifinals of the state tournament, when she netted the overtime winner against Park City, helping to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit. She also netted the clinching penalty kick in a quarterfinal shootout over Snow Canyon, and had a hat trick against Morgan, all those coming in the first half.
For her efforts as a senior, she was named the 2011 Standard-Examiner Girls Soccer All-Area Most Valuable Player. She also was named All-State by ESPNHS soccer, 3A All-State MVP, All-Area, and she was Ogden High's Offensive MVP. Hanson also was honorable mention All-State in 2010 after netting six goals for Ogden.
Hanson was a major reason in the resurgence of Ogden High, which had won just 14 games the previous three seasons before blitzing its way to the 4A Utah title. "As a team, we never got too high or too low in our celebrations because we knew what goal we had in mind to start the season," Hanson said to the Ogden Standard-Examiner last month. "As the season went on, we just took care of each game and ended the way you should end every season -- with a win."
That ability to lead and win certainly caught the eye of the UNM coaching staff.
"Cassie began emailing me in January and sent a video that caught my eye - she's a tremendous athlete with an edge - I was very impressed," said Vela. "When I got a chance to watch her play, she showed her incredible upside, and attitude, which sold me on her ability in the future years! I look forward to having Cassie in our program, and to watch her continue to grow, as she did into her senior season. Very exciting!"
Hanson, who lists her favorite player as Abby Wambach, was a four-year honor roll member, a Future Business Leaders of America national finalist, and earned an HOSA Community Service Award.
She joins a class that includes Katelyn Almeida of Sierra Madre, Calif. (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), Alyssa Coonrod of Albuquerque, N.M. (Volcano Vista HS), Olivia Ferrier of Albuquerque, N.M. (Volcano Vista HS), Lindsay Guice of Ft. Collins, Colo. (Rocky HS), Katie Hinman of Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS), Dylann O'Connor of West Hills, Calif. (El Camino Real HS), Tera Trujillo of Granada, Calif. (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), and Annie Wheeler of Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS).