July 17, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Goalkeeper Rafael Diaz and defender Tim Parker have both been tabbed as second team Preseason All-Americans as selected by College Soccer News. St. John's is one of just six teams to have multiple selections among the 33 players honored on the three Preseason All-America squads.
A first team All-BIG EAST selection last season and a second team NSCAA All-Northeast Region choice, Diaz started all 19 games for the Red Storm and went 10-5-4 with a career-best 0.75 goals against average. The keeper matched a career-high with eight shutouts and posted a .795 save percentage, while also finishing tied for the league-lead with four shutouts in regular season conference play.
Diaz, who earned second team Soccer America All-Freshman honors and BIG EAST All-Rookie accolades in 2010, has compiled a 29-15-7 record to go with 23 shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average in 52 games. A three-year starter, the keeper already ranks fourth all-time in program-history in shutouts and tied for fifth in wins.
One of just two underclassmen to earn first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors last season, Parker was also a first team All-BIG EAST selection. The defender was one of just six Red Storm players to start all 19 games and was the only field player to play all 1,790 minutes. Parker anchored a defense that posted eight shutouts and also added one goal and one assist.
A BIG EAST All-Rookie selection as a freshman in 2011, Parker appeared in all 23 games and made 22 starts. The defender ranked fourth on the team in minutes played and tallied one goal and one assist.
St. John's returns 13 letterwinners from a squad that went 10-5-4 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in program-history last season. The Red Storm opens the 2013 season on Aug. 30 with a home game at Belson Stadium against NJIT.