OKWU Men’s Soccer “Where Are They Now”

The Eagles soccer program is one of the most talented teams in NAIA in the past years. Recruiting is important in the process, but it is just the first step. Coach Peterson has done a great job in helping young talented athletes in becoming successful men and guiding them into making right choices during their time at OKWU and after they graduated as well. Some of these former student-athletes carried on playing soccer after their college career was over.

Luka Milicevic is the most recent one. Luka is from Serbia and he joined the soccer program in 2013. He graduated in 2017 and became a graduate assistant afterwards. Luka was an important player, hard-worker, and an excellent team player. Luka was selected for All-Conference Team twice and won the KCAC Conference twice. He is currently playing in the third division for Radnički Novi Beograd, Serbia.

 

Sergio Lopez is from Spain and he joined the Eagles in 2016. Sergio only played for a year but he was fundamental to OKWU’s style of play with his great passing skills. He is currently playing for Flat Earth FC, which is third division in Spain.

Fernando Machado transferred to the Eagles in 2015 to play his last two years for OKWU. Fernando was a key player and helped in both ends of the field by not conceding goals in many games and scoring goals, 10 in just one season. In his two years, Fernando was named Defender of the year in 2015 and 2016, Conference Player of the Year and first team All-American 2015-2016. Fernando is currently playing indoor professional soccer for Florida Tropics.

Lucas Almeida is the old school player. Lucas joined the team in 2010 and played a big role in helping the soccer program in becoming one of the best NAIA programs. Lucas was a captain and a leader on and off the field. Lucas’ Brazilian way to play soccer brought attention to OKWU and help lead the program to its first National appearance in his second year. He plays professional indoor soccer for St. Louis Ambush. His indoor career started with Tulsa Tornadoes and he joined the Ambush after a successful season with the Tornadoes.

Lucas Cordeiro joined the Eagles in 2011 and alongside Almeida, they were a big piece in running Eagles’ offense side by scoring and assisting off each other. Cordeiro was named First Team All-American in 2013 and 2014 and was also named Conference Player of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He also broke the NAIA’s assists record in one season totaling 26 assists. He went on to play professional soccer for the Tulsa Roughnecks for a year in 2015.