Fernandes is the newest addition to the Catholic University women's soccer coaching staff in 2018, joining the Cardinals as the team's graduate assistant.
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Fernandes played four years of Division II soccer at the University of North Alabama from 2014-2017. She started 65 of 72 games in the center of midfield for the Lions, scoring 6 goals with 16 assists for 28 career points. Fernandes was a four-time All-Gulf South Conference and three-time All-South Region selection, earning First Team honors after her senior year. She was also named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American in 2017.
Before UNA, Fernandes played for the top club team in Portugal, 1st of December Sport Club. Her team won three consecutive national championships plus three Portuguese National Cup titles from 2010 to 2012, and played in the Group Stage of the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2011 and 2012. She was also selected to four different youth national team camps, representing Portugal in qualifying for the 2012 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.
Fernandes comes to Catholic with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. She now lives in Washington, D.C., as she begins her master's degree in management in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies.