|9 Bella Hernandez
ODP player from 2006-2010... Played 2012 with the Eagles Soccer Club after four seasons with the SoCal Blues (2008-2011)... Helped lead the Eagles to the CSL Premier Championship... National Cup finalist and San Diego Surf Cup Champions with the Blues in 2009.
High School -- Multi-sport student-athlete at Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica Calif.... GCAC Alpha League First Team (09-10')... Named the Roadrunners `Attacking Player Of The Year' (09'-10' & 10'-11') and was the team's leading scorer... Standout on the school's track and cross country teams, earning the Most Valuable Runner award and winning league championships in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races.
Personal -- Full name: Isabella Hernandez (prefers the nickname "Bella.") Parents: Richard and Rosie Hernandez of Westchester, Calif., (has one brother). Chose to attend Rice over Pepperdine, Princeton, Cal State Fullerton, USC, Fresno State, and University of Iowa.
Coach Adams said -- "Bella is technical, crafty, and so exciting to watch. Whether she plays in the midfield or upfront, she will be a force to be reckoned-with. She loves to run at players and go 1-v-1, and that is exactly what our coaching staff loved about her. She can put herself in a position to be dangerous, or find a way to set up a teammate. She is very skillful and makes the hardest situations seem effortless. Bella has a fantastic attitude and is definitely a winner."
Eagles SC coach Mike Anderson said -- "Bella is a great soccer player along with a great teammate. It's been a privilege having the opportunity to coach her. To Bella soccer isn't `JUST' a game, to her it's a `LIFESTYLE'."
Bella Hernandez said -- "I chose Rice over other schools because it provides a perfect balance between challenging academics and a solid soccer program. Along with that, I absolutely fell in love with the easy-going coaches and breathtaking campus."