Menís Soccer Notebook: Bluejays Sign Transfer, Garner Awards
OMAHA, Neb. - Creighton men’s soccer head coach Elmar Bolowich recently announced the signing of Zabarle Kollie, a transfer from North Carolina State, to join the nine CU newcomers announced earlier this summer.
Kollie comes to Omaha as a junior with two years of athletic eligibility remaining. The 6-2 forward played in 18 matches at NC State in 2012, including five starts. He finished last season in third on the Wolfpack roster with four goals and 17 shots while ranking fourth on the squad with nine points. During his freshman campaign in Raleigh, Kollie scored a pair of goals and added four assists for the Pack after starting nine of 20 contests.
Miller and Perez Make Preseason Awards List
TopDrawerSoccer.com recently released its 2013 Preseason Best XI list, which highlights some new names looking to make the most of their time in the spotlight this fall. Junior Eric Miller earned a spot on the organization’s Second Team as a defender while newcomer Ricardo Perez claimed a spot on the Freshman Team as a midfielder.
Miller spent the summer playing with the United States Under-20 National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and the Toulon Tournament. He also earned a roster spot with the Portland Timbers U-23s of the Premier Development League (PDL) alongside fellow Creighton teammates Zach Barnes and Jose Ribas. Despite splitting time, he ranked third on the Timbers U-23s with five points this season (two goals, one assist). Miller started 19 matches for the Bluejays in 2012, collecting three points on one goal and one assist.
Perez earned recognition as a 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-America selection. He ranks as the No. 19 player in the latest TopDrawerSoccer.com Boys IMG Academy 150. Perez played in each match of the 2012 USDA Finals, where his Colorado Rapids U-18s finished sixth in the nation, scoring 10 goals.
Barnes Claims PDL All-Western Conference Honors
Barnes earned a spot on the PDL All-Western Conference Team, the United Soccer Leagues announced after the season. The PDL’s all-conference teams were selected through a vote by team management. In 2013, he helped lead the Timbers U-23s to a second-place finish in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division during the regular season and reach the conference final for the second time in the team’s history.
As a midfielder, Barnes played every minute of the 2013 season for the Timbers U-23s, and his 1,260 minutes played over 14 regular-season matches tied for first among PDL players. In total, Barnes logged 1,590 minutes played between league play and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, recording 450 more minutes than any other field player on the Timbers U-23s roster. Barnes tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in a 1-0 victory against the Kitsap Pumas on June 21, resulting in an honorable mention nod on the PDL Team of the Week.
Creighton’s Blue-White Scrimmage Kicks Off 2013 Campaign on Aug. 15
The Bluejay men’s soccer team will open the 2013 season with a Blue-White scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Rev. Michael G. Morrison S.J., Stadium with a 6:00 p.m. CT kick-off. The scrimmage is open to the public and admission is free.
2013 Men’s Soccer Season Tickets on Sale
Fans may purchase season tickets for the upcoming men’s soccer season through the Creighton Athletics Ticket Office. The Bluejays’ 2013 home schedule features a four-match BIG EAST conference slate as well as five non-conference regular-season contests. For more information call the ticket office at (402) 280-JAYS (5297) or click here.
Men’s Soccer Hosts Third Annual “Kicking with the Jays” on Aug. 17
The Creighton men’s soccer team will host its third annual “Kicking with the Jays” free soccer clinic for children from the Omaha Housing Authority at Morrison Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. CT.
Former Creighton head men’s soccer coach Bob Warming’s daughter Audrey will be remembered during this clinic as her foundation “Audrey – Shoes for Kids” will provide brand new soccer cleats to each child participating. The shoes are funded by private donations, including contributions from major shoe companies.
For more information on how to support the program visit the organization’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/AudreysShoesForKids/info.
First Men’s Soccer Luncheon Scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4
The 2013 Elmar Bolowich Jays Kicks Club Luncheons will be held at Anthony’s Restaurant & Lounge (72nd & F Streets) and the first one will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Other luncheon dates are Friday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Nov. 6.
All of the luncheons start at noon and a season pass is $60 per person. Individual luncheons may also be purchased, if space is available, at $20 per person starting 48 hours prior to the event. Highlights of each luncheon will include insight on how the team is progressing, what to look for in upcoming matches plus newsletters with updated statistics, BIG EAST Conference news and numerous door prizes.
To register and purchase your season pass online, go to www.creighton.edu/athleticevents. For more information or to make a reservation by phone or e-mail, contact Barb Epps (402-280-5577, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Socctoberfest to Be Held Friday, Sept. 6
The second-annual Creighton Socctoberfest, a celebration of the Bluejay men’s and women’s soccer programs, will be held on the lawn just southwest of the Morrison Stadium main entrance on Friday, Sept. 6 from 4:30-11:00 p.m., in conjunction with the men’s soccer match against Columbia (7:30 p.m., kick-off).
The event is open to all Creighton fans and the cost is $25 per person for advance reservations and $30 per person at the door. The event includes a live band, a commemorative 32-ounce Creighton Socctoberfest glass stein, a 32-ounce draw, a meal (bratwurst, sauerkraut, chips and a German salad) plus a Creighton soccer scarf and a family pass to the Sunday, Sept. 8 women’s soccer match against Idaho (Morrison Stadium, 1:00 p.m., kick-off).
Additional 32-ounce draw refills will also be available for purchase at $7 each. Proof of age will be required at the event’s entrance and wristbands will be affixed to those of legal drinking age. Walk-ins are welcome but to sign-up for the event in advance and secure a commemorative Socctoberfest, go to www.creighton.edu/athleticevents. For more information or to make a reservation by phone or e-mail, contact Barb Epps (402-280-5577, email@example.com).