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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- If there is an underlying theme in the recruiting class of 2014, it’s probably speed.  Or perhaps family.  Or perhaps Albuquerque.  Anyway you care to slice it, the class of 2014 brought in by head coach Kit Vela should help fill the loss of a talented senior class.

The new seven see three hailing from the Duke city as coach Vela continues her push to keep the best homegrown players here in Albuquerque.  Vela also picked up four commits from the Golden State of California, where the Lobos have had tremendous recruiting successes in the past.

“We are really excited about this class of players!” said Vela.  “They are an incredibly dynamic, hard working group and they are very passionate about the game itself.  They will fit right in with the young team we currently have and continue to make this an exciting group.”

Vela added, “They all come from good backgrounds and will add to our program right a way.”

The four players from California have all been teammates of each other either in high school or in club ball, while the three players from New Mexico all attend different high schools, but played club soccer together, giving the Class of 2014 an interest mix of familiarity.  Below are capsules of UNM’s seven signees.


 

Ashley BallentyneAshley Ballantyne

5-7 * MF * Laguna Hills, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS)

HS … played for coach Neil Powell at Capistrano Valley, and was a teammate of Casey Murphy … was a high school teammate of Lobo forward Katie Hinman …helped CVHS to the 2013 Sea View League championship … was a CIF semifinalist in 2013 … her team was ranked in the top-10 by MaxPreps, going 19-2 championship … played her club ball with Laguna Hills Eclipse and current signee Danielle Scelsi

Personal her parents are Andy and Cheri Ballantyne … was born on April 11, 1996 … has two sisters Alex and Erica … her sister Alex attends the University of the Pacific.


Alexa Cabrales

Alexa Cabrales

5-2 * D * Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)

HS … played for coach Susie Daher at Mission Viejo High School … was a high school teammate of current signee Danielle Scelsi … was a first team All-South Coast League selection as a junior and a second team All-SCL pick as a sophomore … also was a champion in the 4x100m and the 4x400m in the SCL …  … played her club ball with the Newport Beach Slammers (2012-14) … was a teammate of fellow recruit and best friend Casey Murphy with the Slammers … made it to the ECNL National finals in 2013 in U16 … was U16 & U19 USFF Futsol National Champions, and 2012 Surf Cup Finalists

Personal her parents are Jose and Mindy Cabrales … was born on November 27, 1996 … has a sister Julia … earned the California Scholarship Federation Scholar-Athlete Award all four years at MVHS … has been a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll every year since elementary school.


Isabella Jimenez

Isabella Jimenez

5-8 * D * Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque HS)

HS … played for coach Pancho Macias in 2010, Gary Zink in 2011, and Natasha Lee in 2012-13 at Albuquerque High School … helped Albuquerque High to district titles in 2010, 2011 and 2013 … was the 2013 5A District 5 Player of the Year, as well as first team All-District and second team All-State … she was second team All-District in 2011 and 2012 … also lettered in track as a freshman  … played her club ball with New Mexico Rush ’96, winning a state title there as well … played with the New Mexico ODP State Team for three seasons.

Personal her parents are Vince Jimenez and Angela Rubio … was born on December 26, 1995 … has a brother Michael Rubio.


 

 

Claire LynchClaire Lynch

5-0 * MF * Albuquerque, N.M. (Volcano Vista HS)

HS … played for coach Samantha Lucero at Volcano Vista … was a high school teammate of current Lobos Ruth Bruciaga, Alyssa Coonrod and Olivia Ferrier … helped Volcano Vista to a 2010 state title as a freshman … was the District Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 … was named All-State, All-District and All-City in both 2012 and 2013 … played her club ball with New Mexico Rush ’96, winning a state title there as well.                                                                         

Personal her parents are Michael and Idalia Lynch … was born on June 29, 1996.


 

Casey MurphyCasey Murphy

5-7 * MF/F * Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley HS)

HS … played for coach Neil Powell at Capistrano Valley, and was a teammate of Ashley Ballantyne … was a high school teammate of Lobo forward Katie Hinman …helped CVHS to the 2013 Sea View League championship … was a CIF semifinalist in 2013 … her team was ranked in the top-10 by MaxPreps, going 19-2 … was named CVHS Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 … earned the teams’ Coaches Award in 2012 and 2011, and also earned it in Track & Field … played her club ball with the Southern California Blues (2003-11) and the Newport Beach Slammers (2012-14) … was a teammate of fellow recruit and best friend Alexa Cabrales with the Slammers … made it to the ECNL National finals in 2013 in U16 … was U16 & U19 USFF Futsol National Champions, and 2012 Surf Cup Finalists

Personal her parents are Mark and Lisa Murphy … was born on October 15, 1996 … has a sister Jordan …at CVHS was on the Superintendent Honor Roll.


Danielle Scelsi

Danielle Scelsi

5-6 * MF * Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Mission Viejo HS)

HS … played for Chuck Morales at Rancha Santa Margarita High School … was a high school teammate of current signee Alexa Cabrelas … helped her team to a regional championship in 2012 … was All-Trinity League … played her club ball with Laguna Hills Eclipse and current signee Ashley Ballentyne

Personal her parents are David and Dawn Scelsi … was born on March 27, 1996 … has a fraternal twin sister Devin, who also plays soccer and plans to attend the University of New Mexico.


Shelby Zellner

Shelby Zellner

5-0 * D * Albuquerque, N.M. (Eldorado HS)

HS … played for coach Paul Maestas at Eldorado … helped her team to the 2013 state champions, finishing the season ranked third nationally by MaxPreps … part of the Eldorado defense that allowed five goals all season as the Eagles went 20-1 … played in the Tour of Champions as a Top 20 team in the national … earned second team All-State honors as a senior, and second team All-District as well … played her club ball with New Mexico Rush ’96, winning a state title there as well … played with the New Mexico ODP State Team from 2009-13.

Personal her parents are Wayne and Aimee Zellner … was born on June 4, 1996 … has a brother Bennett and a sister Lindsey.