MU Soccer (M) BIO
5 Anthony Vazquez

Team captain... Transfer from St. John's... Big, strong athletic defender...  Strong in tackle and in the air...  Physical presence... Brings leadership to heart of the defense...  New Jersey State and Region 1 ODP player for four years. 

REDSHIRT SENIOR (2011): Earned Regional All-America and All-NEC First Team while starting all 21 games he played on the Hawks’ defense in 2011 … Earned the Team Coaches' Award... Scored the game-winning goal on the road at Robert Morris on Oct. 28 … Assisted on George Quintano’s game-winning goal at nationally-ranked William & Mary on Sept. 9, while also adding an assist on Max Hamilton’s game-winner in the 88th minute against St. Francis (N.Y.) on Oct. 23 … Put away penalty kicks in consecutive shootouts in the NEC Tournament against Central Connecticut and NCAA Tournament First Round against Stony Brook … Earned All-NEC Tournament Team honors … Played a pivotal role on a Hawks defense that shut out 13 opponents and held the opposition to a 0.61 goals-against average. 

SENIOR (2010): Named to the NSCAA North Atlantic Region First Team… Also earned All-Northeast Second Team accolades… Was named to the NEC All-Tournament Team after helping MU capture its second straight league tournament title, helping the team keep a pair of clean sheets in the postseason… Helped organize one of the country’s stingiest back lines… Started all 20 matches for the Hawks on defense…  Scored two goals and added a pair of assists on the season… Had an assist in Monmouth’s 3-1 win over American (9/12)… Scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Hawks’ 4-0 league win over Fairleigh Dickinson (10/8)… Tallied a marker at Long Island (10/15)… Assisted on the game-winning goal in the 2010 NEC Tournament Final over Saint Francis (Pa.) [11/14].

PUERTO RICAN NATIONAL TEAM: Captained the U20 Puerto Rican National Team in the FIFA U20 World Cup Qualifiers in July 2008, starting all three games in the backline. Member of the Puerto Rican Men's National Team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in March 2008. Part of side that eliminated the Dominican Republic and moved on to the Second Round of the Qualifiers vs Honduras in June. Named to the Puerto Rico U-21 National Team Pool to compete in the Central American and Caribbean Games in July 2010 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

JUNIOR (2009): Vital member of the Hawks defense, starting all 22 games...Had one goal on the season... Central defender who helped patrol one of the stingiest backlines in the nation... Registered two points and 13 shots for the Blue and White...Took a shot in a 2-1 win over NJIT (9/6)...Fired a shot on goal in a 3-0 win against American (9/13)... Blasted two shots in a league tie versus Sacred Heart (10/2)...Registered the game-winning goal in a 1-0 NEC win over Robert Morris (10/23).... Took two shots in the NCAA Tournament Second Round game against Harvard (11/22).

SOPHOMORE (2008): Appeared in five games for the Red Storm, making one start on defense.

FRESHMAN (2007: Did not see game action for St. John's 

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Middletown North High School... Played four years in the midfield for the Lions and was a defender for two-time State Cup Champions and Super Y League National Champion New York Red Bull... Was a first team all-state selection in 2006 and earned All-Shore, all-conference and all-division honors three times each throughout his career... Was a two-time captain and two-time Most Valuable Player for Middletown North.... Also earned varsity letters in swimming and track.

PERSONAL: Born March 12, 1989 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Son of Juan and Linda Vazquez ... Earned Spanish Honors in high school and volunteered his time training youth soccer players.

VAZQUEZ'S CAREER STATS:

YEAR GP GS SH G A PTS
2009 22 22 13 1 0 2
2010 20 20 17 2 2 6
2011 21 21 13 1 2 4
TOTAL 63 63 43
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Position: Defense
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Belford, N.J.
High School: Middletown North (St. John's)
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