UAB heads to Miami to face FIU on Saturday for the C-USA opener
Blazers' offense lights up in second half to defeat tough Bears defense
Blazers to start conference play next week
Sophomore Season (2013)
Played in every game in 2014, starting the last 14 matches ... named to the All-Conference USA First Team and NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-Midwest Region Second Team ... TopDrawerSoccer National Top 100 ... led the squad in scoring, tallying 26 points (11 goals, four assists) on the year ... ranked second in Conference USA in game-winning goals (4), goals (11), goals per game (0.61), points per game (1.44); third in points ... 15th in the country in goals per game; 20th in goals and points per game; 29th in points ... a key piece in the UAB offense that led the country in scoring ... went on a seven-game stretch where he tallied at least one point per game ... recorded at least one point in all but five games in 2014 ... registered two goals against High Point (9/1) and Florida Atlantic (10/6) ... had the game-winner against High Point, Belmont (9/25), Memphis (10/2), and College of Charleston (10/25) ... had one assist on four occasions.
Freshman Season (2012)
Saw action in 13 matches, starting one ... tallied three goals on the year, which ranked fifth on the squad ... registered two goals, a career-best, in the Blazers' 3-0 win vs. Lipscomb (9/22) ... it marked the second-straight match he recorded at least one goal ... tallied his first goal as a member of the UAB team vs. Washington (9/16) ... made his Blazer debut in the team's 2-1 victory against Georgia Southern (8/26) ... started his first match as a member of the Green and Gold vs. Marshall (10/20).
A four-year starter under head coach Tom Shanklin at Fort Payne High School ... was a candidate for Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year ... was voted as the Player of the Year by the Birmingham News after leading his team to the 2011 5A State Championship ... was tabbed the state tournament MVP in 2011 ... finished his junior year with 49 goals, which set a school record ... finished his four-year career with 133 goals which ranks fifth all-time in the state ... carried a 3.7 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Other Soccer Info
Played his club soccer for Vestavia Soccer Club and coach Rocky Harmon ... helped lead his team to several state championships in the last few years ... recognized as a Boys Soccer State All-Star by ESPN Rise in 2011 ... was recruited to UAB after his participation in the Mike Getman Soccer Camp.
Born Freddy Ivan Ruiz on Nov. 11, 1993 in Rome, Ga. ... son of Freddy and Emerensiana Ruiz ... two sisters, Haley and Joselyn ... exercise science major.