TU soccer gains honors and sign-ons

The University of Tulsa’s Sergio Baena and Jared Aguilar have earned conference honors, as announced on Wednesday, Nov. 8, after the end of the men’s soccer team season. Baena earned The American All-Conference Second Team honors while Aguilar was named to the All-Rookie team.

“I’m happy for Sergio and Jared,” said head coach Tom McIntosh. “Those guys deserve the recognition that they have received. We are proud of what they accomplished as individuals. They worked exceptionally hard and played at a high level throughout the whole year. We’re excited for them and happy they received these awards.”

Baena is a senior midfielder from Madrid, Spain who played in 14 games this season with 12 starts. In the AAC, he ranked seventh in shots per game with an average of two and led TU with six goals. He also ranked fifth in points per game (1.07) and sixth in goals per game (0.43). He was named player of the match twice.

Aguilar is a freshman from Denton, Texas and played in all 15 games this season with 11 starts, being named player of the match four times. After gaining a starting role in TU’s match against Drake, he was able to secure his spot in the starting lineup for the rest of the season. His first collegiate goal occurred against South Florida and he finished the season with 15 shots.

The men’s soccer team also looks forward to the new players it inked on for the 2024 season. McIntosh announced the additions of Alex Cunningham, Trajan Wormington and Eli Berry on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

“We filled a couple of real specific needs with these three guys,” McIntosh said. “We’re pleased with Alex, Trajan and Eli. All three guys can impact the team immediately, and we’re looking forward to having them join us next season.”

Cunningham is a 5-foot-10-inch all-around player from Springfield, Missouri who can play any position on the pitch. He has been playing soccer since he was six years old and has played with the Sporting Kansas City Academy since 2019. Cunningham signed an MLS Next Pro amateur contract with Sporting Kansas City II. He participated in the 2023 Generation Adidas Cup and helped Sporting KC U-17 team from the defensive line where he aided in five shut-out matches out of its seven.

Wormington was also a member of Sporting Kansas Academy who joined right before the 2021 season. A 6-foot-1-inch winger from Springfield, Missouri, he signed his MLS Next Pro amateur contract and made a single appearance with it. Wormington has participated in two Generation Adidas Cups, where he scored twice in the 2022-23 group stages, and two MLS Next Playoffs.

Berry, a 6-foot-2-inch forward from Edmond, Oklahoma, is a three-year letter winner at Deer Creek High School. He has helped the Antlers to a 15-4-2 record in his junior year with a state semifinal appearance. Berry finished the season with 11 goals and five assists. He was named the 2023 COAC Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the Class 6A-1 All-District Team. He has also spent some time at the club level where he was named to the 2022 ECNL U-16 All-American Team.