Whipple comes to Saint Mary's from Alhambra HS where she was a defender. She has earned All-Conference honors including First-Team All-DFAL. She has also played with Diablo Futbol Club for seven seasons. Whipple was also recruited by UC Riverside, Fresno State and Southern Oregon.
"Ann is a player I first saw when she came to our summer camp," said coach Edwards. "She immediately impressed our entire coaching staff with her athleticism, ball striking ability and competitive spirit. She is a local product of the Diablo fc system and the Mustang soccer club. She will immediately impact our back four and our midfield with her abilities. Whipple is an absolute steal for us as she is a player that has the ability to impact the WCC."
Ferdinandi comes to SMC from San Joaquin Memorial HS and played club for the Clovis Odyssey. She was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, also being named All Valley All-Star in 2011 and All-League in 2008-11. She is also a CSF Lifetime Member and was named Homecoming Queen.
"Natalya is another SMC camper," said Edwards. "She is a player who loves to put the ball in the back of the net. She has an infectious positive personality and she will add depth to our front line. She has grown up playing for Cal Odyssey in Central California and we are excited to have her come in and compete."
2012 Saint Mary's Women's Soccer Freshman Class
Caroline Beaulne (5-3, F, Fr-HS, Longueuil, Quebec / College Francais secondaire, Patriotes de Longueuil)
Flannery Davis (5-7, D, Fr-HS, Palisade, Colo. / Palisade, Colorado Rush)
Khayla Jones (5-10, GK, Fr-HS, Pinole, Calif. / Pinole Valley, Mustang Rampage)
Casidee Lynch (5-6, D, Fr-HS, Citrus Heights, Calif. / Mesa Verde, San Juan)
Celina Minissian (5-5, F, Fr-HS, Pasadena, Calif. / Alverno, Slammers FC)
Noria Mitchell (5-6, F, Fr-HS, Dublin, Calif. / Dublin, Mustang Rampage)
Natalya Ferdinandi (5-4, F, Fr-HS Fresno, Calif. / Clovis Odyssey)
Anna Whipple (5-5, D, Fr-HS Concord, Calif. / Diablo Futbol)