UCD soccer squads get a raft-load of new talent

By From page B1 | February 06, 2014

The bounty that is a roster full of UC Davis new athletes continued throughout the day on Wednesday.

While the Aggie Athletics Department announced 15 fresh faces in the football program, nine newcomers will be on coach Dwayne Shaffer’s men’s soccer team, two prep standouts are headed to new coach Twila Kaufman’s women’s soccer squad, and when recently hired field hockey mentor Tiffany Huisman hits campus, she’ll be greeted by a group that’s expected to reach seven new players.

After an up-and-down soccer season that saw the Aggie men go 9-9-3 (4-4-2 in Big West Conference), Shaffer is happy to reload.

“I am extremely excited about this recruiting class,” Shaffer said. “I’d like to thank assistant coaches Eric Mild and Jason Hotaling for working hard to identify some great prospects and help put together a class made up of players that have the ability to be outstanding student-athletes at UC Davis — and help us compete for a Big West Conference title.”

Shaffer will see the following players on his new roster …

Evan Barrett (5-foot-8, 145 pounds, wing, Jesuit): Barrett is one of fewer than 50 players selected to compete at the NSCAA High School All-American Soccer Game in December. A three-year varsity performer, he scored 21 goals with 16 assists as the Marauders went 26-1-3 — their only loss to Granite Bay in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals.

Derek Caro (5-10, 145, M, South Lake Tahoe High): His 24-goal, 26-assist senior season for the Vikings turned more than a few heads. “Derek is another great, technically sound soccer player with a high soccer IQ,” Shaffer said. “He is a link player and likes to keep it moving within the team.”

Lizandro Torres (6-2, 170, M, Lincoln of Stockton): A three-time All-San Joaquin Athletic Association pick, Torres finished his career with 41 goals. Milan FC, his club team, earned a No. 1 national ranking.

Matt Baringer (5-11, 160, F, Piedmont High): Shaffer sees Baringer at striker or on the wing. His size allows him to muscle inside and his speed helps him break away from packs, according to Shaffer.

Marco Barragan (5-5, 135, M/F, Piner High in Santa Rosa): He scored 33 goals in his final two prep campaigns. “Marco is very similar to Evan Barrett,” Shaffer explained. “He is quick off the dribble, technically very clean and a handful for opposing defenses.”

Noah Wilson (5-11, 160, M/F, Casa Grande of Petaluma): A three-time all-league and all-region player, Wilson finished with 40 goals in three years with the Gauchos after a 12-goal freshman season in Vermont.

Greg Salazar (5-10, 170, D, Cathedral of Los Angeles):  “Greg is an excellent defender,” Shaffer said. “He is a true left-footed player with very good speed. I’m looking forward to him competing for us as a left back.”

Miguel Acevedo (6-1, 165, M/D, Bishop Alemany High of L.A.): Acevedo has been a member of the Cal South Olympic Development Program since 2010. He helped his ODP group to regional and national titles in 2013 — scoring the game-winner in the championship match.

Roy Boateng (6-1, 185, D, Rancho Cotate High in Rohnert Park): A native of Accra, Ghana, the big defender was a key in helping the RCHS Cougars to a 14-5-3 record in 2012. His Santa Rosa United club team won Cal Cup and State Cup titles last year.

“Roy has been a striker for his entire career, but we envision him as a central defender for us,” Shaffer said.

For Kaufman, who replaces the retired Maryclaire Robinson, Moorpark star Dana Fujikuni will join Mira Costa High (Redondo Beach) standout Amanda McKeegan in reinforcing a UCD women’s crew that went 6-9-3 (3-4-1 in the Big West) last fall.

Austin Pile, who was the field hockey interim head coach during a 6-14 season, says Madison Cohen (Torrey Pines High) is the first to sign a NLI for the sport, but expects at least five others to commit this week.

Bruce Gallaudet

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