Release: Sept. 2, 2015
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STETSON’S LUCAS DINIZ TOP HONOREE AMONG CS360 WEEK–1 PRIMETIME PERFORMERS (DI MEN’s SOCCER)
> Senior midfielder joined by 10 others on week–1 Primetime Honor Roll;
> UCSB center back Sam Strong tabbed CS360 National Rookie of the Week.
> Stetson’s Lucas Diniz (right) scored five of six Hatters week–1 goals, including a hat trick at UAB (3–0).
Stetson senior midfielder Lucas Diniz (Goiania, Brazil) – who scored five of the six Hatters goals during opening-week road wins vs. UAB and Georgia Southern – headlines the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week, following the Opening Week of the 2015 Division I men’s soccer season. Diniz is one of 11 total week-1 honorees – a group comprised solely of seniors and juniors, plus seven defensive-third players – on the week-1 National Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for the Div I. men, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com, for games during the weekend of Aug. 28-30.
CS360 also has recognized the lone freshman among the week–1 Primetime Performers, UCSB center back Sam Strong (a Santa Barbara native), as the CS360 National Rookie of the Week.
As a reminder, the CS360 Primetime Performers (which began in 2009) highlight players who perform at a high level – both consistently and in timely fasshion – during games that carry potential significance to postseason qualification and positioning (i.e. based on quality of opponents and other situational factors; see Primetime Performer selection criteria, posted below).
DINIZ cashed in five goals during the pair of the week–1 wins, as the Hatters opened 2–0 for first time since 2011. He converted a penalty kick (19’) to open the scoring at Georgia Southern, considered a contender for the Sun Belt Conference title. That game then was nearing overtime before Stetson scored twice in a 32-second span, capped by his second goal that deflected off a defender for a 3–1 lead (85’).
Two days later at UAB, the Brazilian native scored Stetson’s first hat trick since 2011 to account for all the goals in the win over the Blazers (cs360 #34). After converting an early PK (13’), the senior then produced a 2–0 halftime lead after taking a touch pass from Eyal Cohen and scoring to the far-post (37’). Diniz completed the hat trick on a late goal, assisted by Jeppe Moe (83’). His accuracy helped produce three goals despite Stetson totaling only five shots on goal vs. UAB.
Stetson’s week–1 wins could prove valuable in the Hatters long-range goal of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for only the third time in program history and first time since 2009 (also ’05). Second-year head coach Ernie Yarborough – who was hired in July of 2014 following the untimely death of former Stetson coach T. Logan Flech – comes from a championship pedigree, as a former player and assistant coach at Indiana University.
... STRONG quickly made his presence felt in his first official college game, playing a lead role in shuttng down U.S. National Team member Jordan Morris as UCSB posted a 1–0 opening win over visiting Stanford (cs360 #6). Four months earlier, he and Morris were the only college-age players on the U.S. Under-23 National Team that faced Mexico. Strong combined with holding midfielder Kevin Feucht, fellow center back Jeff Quezada and the rest of the Gauchos in limiting the Cardinal to four shots on goal (Morris had one shot, which was off-frame). The strong defensive effrort offset memories of UCSB giving up three quick goals by Stanford in a 2014 road loss.
(Note: see full capsules below for more info. on Deiniz and Strong, including player and coach quotes.)
… The 11 week-1 Primetime Performers include four goalkeepers, three defenders, three midfielders and one forward – with the group dominated by seniors (seven; two of them 5th-years) and juniors (three), plus the freshman Strong. Two are from California hometowns and two more from Texas, while the others hail from seven different home states/provinces/foreign countries: Arizona, Brazil, England, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ontario and Washington.
Headshots of all 11 week-1 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (including action photos) are featured at the bottom of this page.
... Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):
• Performed at a high level in a game that could be key to the team's postseason qualification, typically in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite/leader from a league not represented in the CS360 top-40).
• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance/consistency, filling role/gameplan, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field and/or against a traditional rival.
• (Note that typically a higher number players from conferences outside the CS360 top-50 will be honored later in the season, as league races heat up and individual results have greater bearing on postseason qualification).
Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.
CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #1 Division I Men
(presented by CollegeSoccer360.com … for Opening Week; Aug. 28–30, 2015)
"It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."
BRANDON AUBREY (Notre Dame … D … Jr. … Plano, TX … #10)
*LUCAS DINIZ (Stetson … M … Sr. … Goiania, Brazil … #10)
MIKHAIL DOHOLIS (Oregon State … M … Sr. … Vancouver, WA … #10)
NATHAN INGHAM (Florida Gulf Coast … G … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Keswick, Ontario … #1)
DOMINIC MARSHALL (Fairfield … M … Sr./Jr. … Middlesbrough, England … #11)
THOMAS OLSEN (San Diego … G … Jr./So. … Las Vegas, NV … #1)
FERNANDO PINA (Coastal Carolina … G … Sr./Jr. … Houston, TX … #1)
PATRIC PRAY (Hofstra … G … 5th-Yr.-Sr. … Chandler, AZ … #1)
MAC STEEVES (Providence … F … Jr. … Needham, MA … #18)
#SAM STRONG (UC Santa Barbara … D … Fr. … Santa Barbara, CA … #23)
DEREK VOGEL (Navy … D … Sr. … Long Beach, CA … #12)
* – Diniz is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and Strong the National Freshman of the Week
Scroll down for capsule data, with action photos, for all 11 players on the Primetime Performers Honor Roll.
> Brandon Aubrey
Center Back • Jr. • #10
Opening-Week Summary – Second-year starting back who anchored Irish defense that did not yield a goal spanning 199 minutes of game time while facing a pair of top opponents: CS360 #10 Maryland (0–0) and tournament host  Indiana (1–0, in double-OT) … helped limit pair of elite strikers – Maryland’s Mael Corboz and IU’s Tanner Thompson – to three shots each, none of them on-frame … part of Irish defense that allowed only six shots on goal all weekend (four by the Terps and only two from the Hoosiers).
Career Highlights – Started all 21 games at center back in 2014, playing every minute and scoring three goals … reserve central midfielder as freshman on 2013 NCAA title team (14 GP/1 GS; 1A) … product of Dallas Texans Development Academy, also playing for Plano Senior HS program that was ranked among top–10 nationally (ND alum/current Colorado Rapids player Dillon Powers also attended Plano HS) … earlier played with Dallas Texans 95 Red … brother Ryan Aubrey was goalkeeper at Univ. of Buffalo.
> Lucas Diniz
Midfielder • Sr. • #10
CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week
Opening-Week Summary – Scored five of team’s six goals, as Hatters opened 2–0 for first time since 2011 by winning 3–1 at Georgia Southern and 3–0 at UAB (cs360 #34) … converted penalty kick (19’) to open scoring at Georgia Southern, considered a contender for the Sun Belt Conference title … that game was nearing overtime before Hatters scored twice in 32-second span, capped by his second goal that deflected off a defender for 3–1 (85’) … scored Stetson’s first hat trick since 2011 to account for all the goals at UAB … cashed in PK (13') vs. the Blazers, then produced 2–0 halftime lead after taking touch pass from Eyal Cohen and scoring far-post (37’) … completed hat trick on late goal, assisted by Jeppe Moe (83’) … his accuracy helped produce three goals despite Stetson totaling only five shots on goal vs. UAB.
Coach Ernie Yarborough – “Teams who can be efficient offensively and work hard on defense typically win a lot. You have to play for one another to get the shutout, and when the time comes to score you have to take advantage. You don’t expect anyone to have five goals in the first two games. UAB is a very respected program nationally and this is a very tough place to come into and win. If we play at our level, we’re capable of playing with anybody.”
Career Highlights – A second team all-Atlantic Sun Conference performer in 2014, after leading league in points (7G–9A) … spent freshman season at Radford in 2012 (20 GP; 3G–1A) … did not play collegiate soccer during 2013 season … has trained with Orlando City’s U23 PDL squad and Gioania Esporte Clube in Brazil … attended Community HS in Boca Raton.
> Mikhail Doholis
Midfielder • Sr. • #10
Opening-Week Summary – Factored into both goals in pair of 1–0 wins over quality opponents Marquette and Michigan State (cs360 #19) … scored to dramatically end overtime battle vs. the Warriors (97’), making a run back and forth at the top of the 18-yard box before curling a 15-yard leftfooted shot that clipped the crossbar in upper left corner for 1–0 win (reversing result from when the teams played a year ago in Milwaukee) … two day later vs. MSU, made deep run to left endline and sent cross to sophomore Timmy Mueller, who shot over the ‘keeper for early goal that held up for 1–0 win (18’).
In His Own Words – "I like to cut in on my right. I found a little gap between a couple guys and thought I could split the seam. Luckily the ball bounced right. I saw the goalie cheating a little bit and curled it in. It was a good shot.”
Beavs Coach Steve Simmons – “It took a little magic from Mikhail and in a game like this, where it is very even, it takes a little bit of magic.”
Mueller – “Mikhail likes to dribble up that left side and I know he has dicey feet. He’s pretty quick and I knew he was going to get past that guy. I just got the last touch. Everyone got the ball up the field and Mikhail did a great job.”
Career Highlights – Played in 20 games (10 starts) as a junior in 2014 (2G–2), after making 18 starts in 2013 (1G–1A; 19 GP) … also started 15 games as a freshman in 2012 (2G–2A; 18 GP) … trained and played with the U.S. Under–17 National Team in two 2009 … scored winning goal for EastSide United FC 91 Riverpool Red (based in Gresham, Ore.) win 2010 USYS national title game … all-time leading goalscorer at Union High School.
> Nathan Ingham
Florida Gulf Coast
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Opening Week Summary – Directed defensive effort that shut out visiting Georgetown (cs360 #9) in 0–0 opener … defensed 10 corner kicks from the Hoyas while saving all three shots on frame, including a dangerous strike from All-American Brandon Allen … part of veteran core in the defensive third for FGCU, with the back line including fellow seniors Luis Vega, Shyler Wilks and Aaron Guillen (plus sophomore Nicolas Samayoa) … Georgetown’s offense had erupted for seven goals during a pair of 2015 preseason games vs. top ACC teams Syracuse and defending NCAA champion Virginia.
Career Highlights – Postseason tournament MVP for Ontario-based Kitchener-Waterloo United that won PDL Championship in summer of 2015 (K–W bested Seattle Sounders in semifinals and N.Y. Red Bulls U23 in title game) … an Atlantic Sun Conference first-teamer and All-Tournament performer in 2014 (led league with 0.71 goals-against avg.) … set Hofstra season shutout record with nine in 2012 and ’14 … utilized redshirt season in 2013 (season-ending injury) … started eight games as a freshman in 2011 (A–Sun Tournament MVP) … invited to train with the Canadian Under-20 National Team in 2011–12 … three-sport athlete at Keswick High School, where he also captained volleyball team and was a gold-medal high jumper.
> Dominic Marshall
Midfielder• Sr. • #11
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Opening-Week Summary – Transfer addition who made immediate impact with the Stags, scoring both goals in season-opening 2–2 game vs. UMBC (cs3360 #23), a Retrievers team coming off its historic 2014 season that included a trip to the College Cup semifinals … opened scoring with 18-yard shot to upper-right corner (37’) and later converted a penlty kick (61’) for 2–0 lead … helped Fairfield post another 2–2 result two days later, on the road vs. Delaware team that is picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association.
Career Highlights – Spent 2012-14 seasons as member of soccer team at Loyola (Md.) College, appearing in 38 total games but only three during 2014 (he has one year of eligibility remaining after 2015) … made 15 starts in 2013 (1G–5A) … appeared in 20 games while earning 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Rookie Team honors (5A) … played for Baltimore Bohemians during summer of 2015 … attended Conyers School in his native England.
> Thomas Olsen
Goalkeeper • Jr. • #1
Las Vegas, NV
Opening-Week Summary – Directed impressive USD defensive effort in season-opening 3–0 shutout of CS360 #15 California … was kept on his toes while defensing 11 corner kicks over the courses of the game, also stopping all four Cal shots on frame (including pair of key diving stops) … kept Toreros in game over scoreless first half, with the hosts going on to the three-goal win.
Career Highlights – After redshirt season in 2013, earned 2014 WCC Freshman of the Year and league second-team honors (0.90 goals-against avg.) … product of Las Vegas Soccer Academy and Bishop Gorman HS (also played basketball) … from large extended family, many based in Las Vegas, with his 28 cousins including the four Zaher brothers who each attended Bishop Gorman and played college soccer: Joe Zaher (Pac–10 Freshman of the Year at Oregon State, before tragic death after fluke car accident), his brother Mike (a standout defender at UCLA; later played in MLS with DC and San Jose) and then Zac (Oregon St./UNLV) and Sean (San Diego St.).
> Fernando Pina
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Opening-Week Summary – Transfer addition who opened his Chanticlers career with pair of 2–0 road shutouts vs. quality opponents, at Old Dominion (cs360 #26) and VCU, which has been picked to contend for the 2015 Atlantic-10 title … his busy debut at ODU included making seven saves, while dealing with 16 total shots and defensing a pair of corner kicks … added four more saves in the shutout of the Rams, as Coastal opened its season with a pair of shutouts for the first time since 2004 … his strong play and veteran presence took on greater importance due to an inexperienced back line in front of him (first-time starters Einar Einarsson, Miguel Gutierrez and Sindri Kristinsson, plus sophomore Elis Bjornsson).
Career Highlights – Spent 2012 and ’13 seasons at Akron, earning 2013 first team all-Mid-American Conference honors (18 starts; 0.62 goals-against avg.; 14–3–1 record) … shut out top–20 teams Wake Forest and Michigan State during 2013 … redshirted in 2012 and later did not play college soccer during 2014 season (he has one year of eligibility remaining after 2015) … highly-rated goalkeeper prospect as a prep and a product of the Houston Dynamo Development Academy, also training with the U.S. Under-14, U–15 and U–17 national teams … attended Challenge Early College High School.
> Patric Pray
Goalkeeper • Sr. • #1
Opening-Week Summary – Matched his career high with nine saves, as Pride registered a high-quality win in their season opener, 2–1 vs. Syracuse (cs360 #18) … closed the week with a three-save shutout effort, in 4–0 win over Vermont squad projected to finish near the top of the America East … dramatically preserved win over Syracause by saving two late shots by Chris Nanco, in the final five minutes of the game (including one in the 90th minute) … defensed 19 total shots and five corner kicks in the tense game versus the Orange.
Career Highlights – Emerged as Pride’s staring ‘keeper in 2014 (18 GS; 7 solo shutouts) … platoon starter in 2013 (10 GP/8 GS) … spent 2011 and ’12 seasons at University of Washington but did not appear in any games … product of Corona Del Sol High School and the SC Del Sol club team.
> Mac Steeves
Forward • Jr. • #18
Opening-Week Summary – Talented frontrunner who picked up where he left off at end of 2014 season (a two-goal game in NCAA semifinal vs. UCLA), with pair of two-goal games in 2–1 OT win vs. Bryant and 2–0 game vs. MAAC favorite Monmouth (cs360 #40) … game vs. Bryant was scoreless through 60 minutes … pushed that game into overtime with dramatic score in the closing minutes (88:37), scoring from top of the six-yard box (after a cross from Mandy Andrade and ensuing direct assist by Brendan Constantine) … ended game by sending penalty kick into the left-cenfer of the net (92’) … his two goals vs. Monmouth included early tap-in from seven yards out (6’) and rebound goal at 49’ (set up by Julian Gressel’s initial shot off the post).
Career Highlights – 2014 NSCAA third team All-Region selection and second team all-BIG EAST (11G–4A; 22 GP/21 GS) … became first College Cup Offensie MVP from a team that did not reach NCAA title game, after pair of impressive goals in exciting 3–2 semifinal vs. UCLA … played in 13 games as a freshman in 2013 (3G–3A; 9 GS) … NSCAA prep All-American while starring for Needham High School and FC Bolts club.
> Sam Strong
UC Santa Barbara
Center Back • Fr. • #23
Santa Barbara, CA
CS360 National Freshman of the Week
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Opening-Week Summary – Quickly made his presence felt in first official college game, playing lead role in shutdown of U.S. National Team member Jordan Morris as UCSB posted 1–0 win over visiting Stanford (cs360 #6) … four months earlier, he and Morris were the only college-age players on the U.S. Under-23 National Team that faced Mexico … combined with holding midfielder Kevin Feucht, fellow center back Jeff Quezada and the rest of the Gauchos in limiting the Cardinal to four shots on goal (Morris had one shot, which was off-frame) … the strong defensive effrort offset memories of UCSB giving up three quick goals by Stanford in 2014 road loss.
In His Own Words – "I knew from playing with [Morris] that he is an extremely quick forward. So I played off of him and gave him 5-10 feet, so that he couldn't get past our back line, and he wasn't able to crack us."
Career Highlights – Local Santa Barbara product who captained the academy team Real So Cal (earlier played with Santa Barabara SC), in addition to playing one season at San Marcos High School, where he also was a member of the wrestling and field hockey teams … called in to train and compete with the U.S. Under-23 National Team in April of 2015, joining Stanford’s Jed Morris as only collegians on U-23 team that played exhibition vs. Mexico.
> Derek Vogel
Defender • Sr. • #12
(Long Beach, CA)
Opening-Week Summary – Fourth-year starter and 2015 team captain who anchored back line that limited both opening-week oppoents to four shots on goal, in 1–0 win at West Virginia (picked to contend for Mid-American Conference title) and 1–1 game at CS360 #21 Penn State … also scored tying goal at PSU, while playing the full 200 minutes at center back spanning the week-1 games … part of back line that allowed no goals during run of play, with lone Nittany Lions score coming on a PK (PSU managed only five shots, four on goal, and three corner kicks) … tied game at Penn State by elevating to connect with Jamie Duboyski’s throw-in, snapping home a header (69’).
Career Notes – NSCAA second team All-Northeast Region in 2013 and ’14 (also Patriot League All-Tournament both years) … third team All-Patriot League in 2014 while playing mostly as a forward (2G–6A: 19 GP/17 GS) …scored in double-OT to beat rival Army and assisted on both goals in 2–0 win over #10 Maryland … 2013 Patriot League first-teamer while leading team in minutes, at center back (22 GP/21 GS; 2G–3A) for league title team (11 shutouts) … 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and a 2nd-teamer (15 GP; 4G–2A), playing at both defense and forward … invited to U.S. U–20 National Team tryouts (Navy's first recruit ever to try out for a national team) … product of St. John Bosco HS and Pateadores SC … father Dennis Vogel played basketball at Loyola Marymount.