Cal State San Bernardino’s new head women’s soccer coach Travis Clarke won’t arrive until July 1, but he already has two Inland Empire area recruits who have signed national letters of intent to play for the Coyotes this fall.
Ariel Hernandez, an one-time all-CIF Division 5 player from Beaumont High School, and Jordan Cleary, a three-year team MVP and two-year first-team all-Baseline League player from Alta Loma High School, will begin pre-season drills at CSUSB in August.
Both players were recruited by former CSUSB coach Diego Bocanegra before he left for an assistant coaching position at Cal State Fullerton and both played for Bocanegra’s club teams associated with the Arsenal FC of Alta Loma.
Hernandez is a midfielder who earned first-team all-league honors as well as league MVP honors at Beaumont HS playing for Cougars coach Robert Sherwood. She played midfield and forward for the Arsenal UG-18 team.
She helped her team to an 18-7-1 record in 2008-09 and finished second in the Mountain Pass League with an 11-2-1 record. The team advanced to the second round of the Southern Section playoffs before losing to Ontario Christian.
Cleary is a center midfielder who was the runnerup for Baseline League MVP honors and her team’s offensive MVP as well as the Coach’s Award recipient. She spent one year at Los Osos High School before transferring to Alta Loma where she played for former CSUSB soccer player and graduate Amy Raymond.
Alta Loma finished third in the Baseline League with a 4-5-1 record and posted a 14-10-4 overall record, then lost in the first round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs to Murrieta Valley.
She played center-mid for the Arsenal FC G91 team that won a League Cup championship in 2008.