Match set for 7 p.m. in Orlando.
Head coach Hylton Dayes and players John Manga and Alejandro Garcia preview UC's Sunday match with Eastern Illinois
The UC men's soccer team defeated Northern Kentucky, 3-2, on Friday, Aug. 28, at Gettler Stadium (UC/Andrew Higley).
2015: Named Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Ohio ... Played in all 19 matches, starting all but one ... Scored a team-high 10 goals, third in the conference and 36th nationally ... Finished fourth in the league with 22 total points ... Scored a pair of goals in the season-opener, a 3-2 win over Northern Kentucky, earning a spot on the conference honor roll (Sept. 1) ... Scored in the 2-1 loss to crosstown rival Xavier ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 decision over IUPUI ... Scored twice in 3-2 upset of then-No. 17 and unbeaten Temple ... Named American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28) ... Found the back of the net once in a 3-0 win at Oakland ... Scored in 1-1 draw at UConn ... Netted a pair of goals in a 3-3 draw with Memphis, collecting his second league honor roll appearance of the year (Oct. 26).
2014: Saw action in all 18 matches his first season at UC, starting 15 contests ... Scored two goals and added three assists ... Set-up John Manga's goal in the 1-1 draw with Wright State ... Netted his first goal as a Bearcat in the 5-0 win over IPFW ... Had a pair of assists in the 5-1 victory over Temple ... Found the back of the net against UCF ... Played a total of 1,148 minutes.
Prior to UC: Played the previous two seasons at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. ... named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American in 2013 after netting 18 goals, including six game-winning goals, while adding seven assists for a total of 43 points ... helped Cavaliers go undefeated in the regular season his freshman year at Darton ... Darton spent most of 2012 ranked first in the nation ... played club soccer for the Plantation Eagles FC ... played at Taravella High School in Coral Springs.
Personal: Born March 30, 1994, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... Son of Jesse Garcia and Esther Marquez ... Has one brother, Abraham, and a sister, Cinthia ... Will leave Darton with an associate degree.
Dayes on Garcia: "We are really pleased to have Alejandro join our program. He is great fit for us especially with Alan (Rovira's) success as a junior college transfer last year. Alejandro is an exciting player with very good 1v1 attacking skills. He will be one of our most creative players and is also a proven goal scorer. We feel he will be most effective in a wide role where he has space to run at defenders, 1v1 and open up seams for other players to exploit."