A.J. Herrera
A.J. Herrera

Player Profile

Albuquerque, N.M.

High School:
St. Pius X H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 160



As a Senior in 2003: Solid senior with re-found confidence ... started in all but three matches ... fiftth all-time for career assists (22) ... tallied the assist on Abe Thompson's game-winner at Furman (8/29) ... converted on a penalty kick in easy win over Butler (8/31) ... named to Diadora Challenge All-Tournament team (8/31) ... scored three points against American (9/5), registering an assist and the game-winning goal ... for his efforts, was named to the Maryland/adidas Challenge All-Tournament team ... his corner kick found Clarence Goodson for decisive goal against NC State (9/14) ... two terrific serves into the box for a pair of assists against Clemson (10/26) in return to the lineup ... served a good ball into the box for game-winning assist against UVa (10/31) ... assisted Domenic Mediate's game-winner against NC State (11/14) ... converted a penalty kick to give the Terps their only score against UVa (11/16) in the ACC finals ... set up game-winner with a high corner kick that found Kenney Bertz against Saint Louis (12/7).

As a Junior in 2002: One of nine Maryland players to see action in every game ... exploded for three points at NC State (9/15) on one goal and one assist ... started the Terps' first four games, before becoming part of Maryland's equally lethal second wave of attacking players ... averaged 30 minutes a game.

As a Redshirt-Sophomore in 2001: Started all 21 games, averaging a point a game and ending the season with eight goals and five assists ... scored on a penalty kick against No. 7 UCLA (8/31) and had the game-winner vs. Liberty (9/3) to earn 2001 Virginia Soccer Classic All-Tournament team honors ... converted a header against American (9/9), a penalty kick in the match with Wake Forest (9/30), and a goal in the Holy Cross game (10/31) ... tallied a penalty kick and another goal vs. Manhattan (11/9) and the game-winner vs. NC State (11/11), which earned him ACC Player of the Week (11/12) ... had assists against Wake Forest (9/30), Princeton (10/3), NC State (11/11) and two against Manhattan (11/7) ... his multiple-point games came against Wake Forest (3 pts.- 9/30), Manhattan (5 points- 11/7) and NC State (3 pts.- 11/11).

As a Sophomore in 2000: Tallied three points before taking a medical redshirt season after suffering a stress fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot ... scored the game-winner against Jacksonville (9/1) in the Virginia/Coca-Cola Classic ... added an assist vs. Indiana on (9/8).

As a Freshman in 1999: Herrera netted five goals and added five assists for 15 points in his freshman campaign ... the team's third-leading scorer, he recorded the game-winner in a two-goal effort against American (10/20) ... he scored points in seven of the Terps' 20 games, including a two-assist effort against Monmouth on (9/15) ... Herrera scored goals in four separate games and recorded his career-high four points against American on (10/20) ... also scored against Howard (9/8), Butler (9/5) and Marshall (9/29).

Before Maryland: A graduate of St. Pius X, Herrera was the 1998-99 Parade Magazine Player of the Year as well as the 1998-99 National Soccer Coaches' Association of America National Player of the Year ... led his team to the New Mexico State Championships four years in a row and was a first team all-state selection in 1996, '97 and '98 ... played on the U.S. Under-18 National Team in 1998-99, the U.S. Under-17 National Team in 1997-98, and the U.S. Under-16 National Team in 1996-97 ... set school records for career points (253), career goals (103) and career assists (47) ... his season marks for points (85 in 1997 and '98) and goals (37 in 1997) were also school records at St. Pius X ... Herrera was the New Mexico Class AAA Player of the Year in 1997 and '98, and was named the City Player of the Year by The Albuquerque Tribune in both 1997 and 1998.

Personal: His full name is Angelo Joaquin Herrera ... born on April 10, 1981, in Albuquerque, N.M., Herrera has an older sister, Clarissa (23) ... the son of Maryfrances and Robert "Dino" Herrera ... hobbies are weightlifting and chess ... an economics major.

Career Statistics
Year    M-S    G    A    Pts    GWG    Sht
1999   20-18   5    5     15     1      26
2000*   4-4    1    3      5     1       9
2001   21-21   8    5     21     3      33
2002   25-5    1    1      3     0      13
2003   21-21   4    8     16     2      29
Totals 91-69   19   22    60     7      108