Breaking Down The 2014 St. John's Men's Soccer Roster

Redshirt senior Daniel Herrera had three goals and two assists last season.
Aug. 25, 2014
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    QUEENS, N.Y. - After a season that was capped with an NCAA Tournament appearance for the third-straight year and fifth time in six years, the St. John's men's soccer team goes into the 2014 season with the goals of earning a seventh BIG EAST regular season crown, a 10th BIG EAST Tournament title and a 21st NCAA Tournament berth.

    Selected to finish fourth in a 10-team BIG EAST Conference that placed five teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, St. John's welcomes back 11 letterwinners, including six starters, from a squad that reached the NCAA Tournament Second Round and finished 11-7-2 (3-4-2) a season ago.

    "Our returning players have been complemented by a nice group of recruits and we feel that we have much more depth than we've had in recent years," said head coach Dr. Dave Masur, the fourth-winningest active Division I head men's soccer coach by winning percentage (.712) and seventh-winningest by victories (378). "We also have some versatility with a number of players that are capable of contributing at multiple positions."

    Goalkeepers
    Following the graduation of four-year starter Rafael Diaz, redshirt junior Jordan Stagmiller will take the reigns as the starting keeper. Stagmiller has made one appearance in his career, replacing an injured Diaz and playing the final 87:38 to earn a win against DePaul as a true freshman.

    Redshirt freshman Conor McElhinney returns to add depth after sitting out as a true freshman last season. Freshmen Francisco Rojas, a native of Laredo, Texas, and Andrew Withers, who hails from New Zealand, round out the quartet of goalkeepers.

     

     

    Defense
    A selection to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List for the second-straight season and a member of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the third-straight season, senior Tim Parker (1g, 1a) anchors the Red Storm defensive unit. A two-time first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection, Parker earned first team All-BIG EAST honors last season after garnering second team honors as a sophomore and an All-Rookie selection as a freshman. The 6-2 center back has appeared in all 62 games in his career, including 61 starts, and has helped the defense post 28 shutouts in the past three seasons.

    Senior Casey Osborne (1g, 0a) made his Division I debut last season and had an immediate impact on the defensive unit in his role as a center back. The 2012 NSCAA Junior College Player of the Year and 2012 first team NSCAA All-American made 11 appearances, 10 starts, for the Red Storm in 2013 before an injury ended his season.

    Playing on the backline and also contributing as a forward last season, redshirt senior Jordan Rouse (2g, 0a) set career-highs in games (19), starts (16) and goals scored. Rouse scored the golden goal in the 99th minute of an overtime win against Delaware in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

    A consistent presence along the backline since starting 18 games as a rookie, junior Gabriel Camara (1g, 0a) has made 31 starts in his career and has appeared in 35-of-39 games for the Red Storm. Sophomore Jean Leveille made 14 appearances, including 13 starts as a freshman last season. The defender made his debut off the bench before closing the season with 13-straight starts, including both NCAA Tournament games.

    Hailing from Lyon, France, sophomore Simon Tchoukriel played club soccer for the Olympique Lyonnais Academy and helped the squad win CFA, U-19 and U-17 tournament championships. Freshman Anthony Daniele, a three-time first team all-league honoree at West Chester Henderson, earned all-state, All Southeastern Pennsylvania and Ches-Mont National Division MVP honors as a senior. A 6-3 freshman out of Derbyshire, England, Liam Guest captained his high school squad and played club soccer for Notts County FC, Gresley FC and Graham Street Prims.

    Midfield
    The leading returning-scorer, redshirt senior Daniel Herrera (3g, 2a) registered a career-high three goals last season and appeared in all 20 games with four starts. The Massapequa Park, N.Y., native has registered six goals, one game-winner, and five assists in 57 games, 13 starts, in his three seasons of action.

    Redshirt junior Cody Albrecht (1g, 0a) made his return to the field last season and contributed immediately after missing two years with injuries. The central midfielder registered his first-career goal and appeared in all 20 games, including nine starts.

    After playing both on the backline and as a forward in 2013, his first season with the Red Storm, redshirt senior Marco Bordon (1g, 0a) figures to see most of his action this season in the midfield. Bordon earned C-USA All-Rookie honors in 2011 at Kentucky.

    Following two seasons in the system, redshirt sophomore Josh Dillon will look to make his collegiate-debut for the Red Storm. Redshirt freshman Eric Mirkov, who recorded a school-record 29 assists in three seasons at nearby St. Francis Prep, adds to the depth at the position.

    A native of New Zealand and a transfer out of the University of Mobile, Luis Esteves appeared in 30 games, 27 starts, in two seasons and helped the Rams reach the NAIA National Championship Finals as a freshman.

    Junior James Wilson comes to Queens after helping Herkimer C.C. win back-to-back NJCAA National Championship titles and back-to-back Region III Championship crowns, while posting a two-year mark of 37-3-0. Sophomore transfer Juan Perez, who did not play soccer as a freshman at Concordia College, was born in Colombia and played club soccer for Escuela de Futbol Carlos Sarmiento Lora.

    Freshman Mohamed Awad, the third New Zealand native on the roster, helped lead his club squad Waikato FC to the 2012 White Ribbon Cup Finals. A high school All-Star prior to joining PA Classics of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, Andrew Mannon helped his squad finish sixth in the 2012 U-15/16 U.S. Development Academy National Championships.

    Freshman Andrea Previati, a native of Milan, Italy, served as a team captain while playing club soccer with the F.C. Verbano Calcio junior team. A two-time All-Somerset County and two-time All-Skyland Conference selection, freshman Ben Roth helped Watchung Hills Regional win both Somerset County and Skyland Conference championships as a senior.

    Local product Anthony Viteri, a freshman out of Flushing, N.Y., played for the U-23, U-17/18 and U-15/16 New York Red Bulls Academy squads and was a member of the U-17/18 team that won the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship. Freshman Adrian Welch, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, earned St. Mary's College Footballer of the Year honors in high school and helped the squad win a North Zone Championship.

    Forwards
    After two seasons in the system, redshirt junior Josh Godec (1g, 0a) made his debut last year and made 11 appearances with nine starts. The forward tallied one goal, an equalizer in an eventual overtime win against then-No. 5 Akron.

    A natural goal-scorer, sophomore Dela Agbotse is expected to have a major impact on the offense after being limited by injury to just four early-season games last year.

    Redshirt sophomore Carlo Zanetti (6-0) and redshirt freshman Francesco Zanetti (6-2), brothers out of Rome, Italy, add more height to a group up top that already includes Godec (6-0) and Agbotse (6-0). Both brothers played club soccer for Futbolclub, which won a U-21 state championship in 2011-12.

    Schedule
    The 17-game regular season schedule features seven teams that participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including a pair of national seeds and a total of four squads that reached the Round of 16.

    St. John's hosts Hofstra (Sept. 4), Syracuse (Sept. 6), Harvard (Sept. 13), NCAA Tournament foe Connecticut (Sept. 23), Butler (Oct. 4), NCAA Tournament squad Creighton (Oct. 15), DePaul (Oct. 25), Villanova (Oct. 29) and Seton Hall (Nov. 6).

    The Red Storm has road games against West Virginia (Aug. 29), NCAA Tournament team Penn State (Aug. 31), Princeton (Sept. 10), NCAA Tournament squad Wisconsin (Sept. 19), Xavier (Sept. 27), NCAA Tournament team Marquette (Oct. 11), NCAA Tournament squad Providence (Oct. 18) and NCAA Tournament foe Georgetown (Nov. 1).

    Season ticket packages, which include all nine home games, are available now for just $54. Call 1-888-GO STORM or visit www.redstormtix.com to order today. Youth teams in eighth grade and below can scrimmage during halftime of any Red Storm home game with group tickets available for just $4. Call 718-990-2142 for more information on the opportunity for youth teams to play on the field at Belson Stadium.

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