Men's Soccer Announces Six-Member 2013 Recruiting Class

Feb. 6, 2013

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s soccer head coach Hylton Dayes announced a six-member recruiting class on Wednesday during National Signing Day. The six student-athletes will join the Bearcats for the 2013 season.

Miles Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester High School), Pedro Diaz (Mason, Ohio/Mason), Jacob Hauser-Ramsey (Seattle, Wash./Kings), Malik Morgan (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point), Calvin Opperman (Auckland, New Zealand/Saint Kentigern College) and Tyrus Sciarra (Walton, Ky./Ryle) will all join the team as true freshman next fall.

“We are really excited about this class” said Dayes. “It fills a lot of our needs and we are confident that many of these players will help us right away. They all come from good programs with a winning tradition and mentality. They fit the profile of a UC student athlete – excellent students and of good character. We feel they will help us compete for a BIG EAST Championship. We are still looking to add a couple of players to complete the 2013 class.”

The Bearcats finished the 2012 season ranked fifth in the BIG EAST Red Division and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship for the sixth time in eight years.

UC’s 2013 Signees

Miles DaleMiles Dale

D | 6-2 | 178 | Rochester Hills, Mich. | Rochester

High School: Three year varsity starter … three-time First Team All-District (2009, 2010, 2012) … three-time All-League and All-Oakland County (2009, 2010, 2012) … All-State honorable mention (2012) … team captain (2011 and 2012).

Personal: Son of Russell and Teena Dale … has one brother, Mitchell … mother Teena played volleyball at Mississippi State … brother, Mitchell, runs cross country and track at Olivet Nazarene University … plans to major in biomedical studies.

Coach Dayes on Dale: “Miles is a solid defender. He can play central or wide. We really like his size and athleticism. He is good with the ball and is a good 1-v-1 defender. He has a great upside and will push for playing time somewhere in the back. He attended our residential camp, so we were able to spend time with him. It became very clear that he would be a great fit here at UC.”

Pedro Diaz

Pedro Diaz

GK | 5-11 | 160 | Mason, Ohio | Mason

High School: Three year varsity goal keeper … GMC Champion (2009, 2010) … four-time district champion (2009-2012) … regional champion (2012) … named Second Team All-State (2012) … high school MVP (2012) … recorded 29 career shutouts … played club soccer for the Cincinnati United Premiere (MLS Columbus Crew Juniors Gold).

Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1995 … son of Tomas Diaz Plaza and Mara Gutierrez … has one brother, Jose and one sister Deifilia … plans to major in sports administration.

Coach Dayes on Diaz: “Pedro is an excellent goalkeeper. He is very quick and very brave. He is a very good shot stopper and is also good with his feet. We are excited to have him join our program, he is another quality local player that has chosen to attend UC.”

Jacob Hauser-RamseyJacob Hauser-Ramsey

D | 6-3 | 175 | Seattle, Wash. | Kings

High School: Named Cascade All-Conference midfielder (2010) … Kings High School Offensive Player of the Year (2011) … finished second in the state with Kings HS (2010, 2011) … participant of the Olympic Development Program (2006-2010) … placed second in the nation with the Washington State Team (2009) … played in the US Soccer Development Academy for the MLS Seattle Sounders (2010-2013) … brought up to the Sounders Reserve squad (MLS reserve team).

Personal: Born Aug. 4, 1995 … son of Laurie Hauser and Derrick Ramsey … has two brothers, Stephen and Christian Shaber … father Derrick played football at the University of Kentucky as well as professionally with the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots … plans to major in business.

Coach Dayes on Hauser-Ramsey: “Jacob is a BIG EAST-level central defender. He has excellent size and athleticism. He is comfortable with the ball which is important because we like to build out of the back. He has been playing very well with the Seattle Sounders Development Academy and has also played with the Sounders reserve team. He will have the opportunity to compete for a starting position right away.”

Mailk MorganMalik Morgan

D | 5-8 | 145 | Round Rock, Texas | Stony Point

High School: High school team advanced to the first round of state playoffs, won the Region III championship and finished third in the nation (2010) … advanced to the USSFDA playoffs (2012) … named Second Team All-District (2010) … played in the US Soccer Development Academy with Lonestar SC … also was the place kicker on the Stony Point football team (2011, 2012) and had a 94% PAT record.

Personal: Born Oct. 25, 1995 … son of Carlos and Kim Morgan … has one sister, Zeniah, who plays basketball at Tabor College … plans to major in biomedical studies.

Coach Dayes on Morgan: “Malik is a very athletic left-sided player. He is a good defender that likes to come forward. He has a great engine and can get up and down the flank. He has all the tools to be a quality defender and will certainly push for playing time right away.”

Calvin OppermanCalvin Opperman

M | 5-7 | 150 |Aukland, New Zealand | Saint Kentigern College

High School: School team placed second in competition and fifth at nationals (2012) … won a Wynns Football Academy Scholarship to the Asia Pacific Football Academy (2009-2012) … selected for the U-17 New Zealand national squad … competed in the U-17 World Cup in Mexico (2011) … selected for the Centerbury United senior team … placed second in the New Zealand National League (2011) … selected for the Walitakere United senior squad.

Personal: Born April 25, 1994 … son of Alan and Janine Opperman … has one sister, Timea … plans to major in accounting.

Coach Dayes on Opperman: “Calvin adds to the history of New Zealanders here at UC, joining former Bearcats Tim Brown and Wiremu Patrick. Calvin is an attacking midfielder. He is a good passer and moves well off the ball. He can really set guys up for goal-scoring chances. He played for the New Zealand Under-17 team that played in the World Cup in 2011. He also trained with the U-20 New Zealand National team. He really complements the other central midfielders on our team. He will help us on possession and changing the point of attack, which we need from our attacking midfielder. He is also able to score goals, which is another critical piece.”

Tyrus SciarraTyrus Sciarra

F | 6-0 | 175 | Walton, Ky. | Ryle

High School: Four-year starter for the Ryle High School Raiders under head coach Stephen Collins … state championship runners-up (2011) … four-year district champions … region champions (2011) … region runners-up (2001, 2010, 2012) … career leading goal scorer at Ryle (72 varsity goals) … four-year All-District member … three-year All-Region selection (2010, 2011, 2012) … two-time All-State pick (2011, 2012) … chosen to participate in the Kentucky All-State game (2011, 2012) … Kentucky State Championship All-Tournament team (2011) … Ryle Offensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012) … played for Lexington FC of the USYSA National League.

Personal: Born May 7, 1995 … son of Keith and Kristen Sciarra … has two brothers, Joey and Bobby … plans to major in marketing.

Coach Dayes on Sciarra: “Tyrus is another quality player from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. He is an attacking player that can play wide or up front. He is good 1-v-1 and works very hard. Tyrus really impressed us over the last two years and has developed into an attacking threat. He has tremendous potential and is a great fit for our program.”