Men's Soccer Undefeated Heading into Conference Play
The University of St. Thomas-Houston Men’s Soccer team currently sits at #15 in the country (United Soccer Coaches) and first place in the SCAC heading into conference play. The team has achieved a remarkable seven wins and one draw prior to their SCAC opening matchup against Colorado College this weekend.
Castro and Aleman Headline the Top Offense in the SCAC
The Celt offense has been led by Sophomore Daniel Castro and Junior Taty Aleman. Castro has scored six goals and two assists throughout the entire season. His outstanding play scoring three goals and one assist in one week gave him SCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Taty Aleman gives St. Thomas another goal-scoring threat. With a team lead of 20 points, Aleman is no stranger to scoring. Highlighted by an impressive four-goal performance against Sul Ross State, Aleman also took home SCAC Player of the Week honors. As a team, the Celts’ high-scoring offense puts them first in goals for the conference.
Goalkeeper Duo and Defense Proves Unbreakable for Opponents
UST’s defense continues to be impenetrable with their two experienced goalkeepers; Cristo Gayoso and Rodrigo Lazo have had stellar performances as they have stayed undefeated entering conference play. Cristo Gayoso continues to impress with his 2 shutouts and Rodrigo Lazo with his exceptional .880 save percentage. Recently this week, midfielder Hamilton Estrada was awarded the SCAC Defensive Player of the Week, having played the full 180 minutes and only allowing 11 shots on goal by their opponents in the two victories against Hardin Simmons and Texas Lutheran.
“The group has been tremendous with the first half of the season,” Head Coach Ian Clerihew added. “It is not often that a team goes undefeated in any sport. We are prepared to perform in conference when it matters most.”
Men’s Soccer will look to continue their stellar start to the season on the road at Colorado College. Support the team by watching the game at home or following UST athletics for all scores and updates.