The Tri-Cities Otters are sending three of their standout players from the season to trial with our partners at the Charleston Battery (USL). The three players that will tryout are: goalkeeper Carlos Rubio (Ohio Valley), midfielder Dion Stergiotis (Marshall University), and forward Mateo Garcés (Pfeiffer). These three players were crucial pieces of the Otters lineup all year, playing in a combined 22 games and logging over 2,500 minutes in an Otters uniform.
Rubio came to the Otters after a junior season at Ohio Valley University that saw him lead the G-MAC conference in shutouts and goals against average. His season was good enough to earn him a place on the All-Conference Second Team.
With the Otters, Rubio made seven starts in goal and made 31 saves over those appearances. He also came up huge in the Otters 2-1 over Peachtree City MOBA on June 16th, recording four saves. Over the span of the season, Rubio allowed 12 goals and ended the season with a 1.71 GAA, which is the best in Otters history. His save percentage of 72.1% is also best for third all-time.
Dion Stergiotis spent his previous college season at Carson-Newman University, appearing in all 17 games and scoring one goal and adding two assists. He will play his upcoming senior season at Marshall University.
For the Otters, Stergiotis gave the team his all and leaves holdings several records for the Otters. He appeared in 13 games (a record) and became the first Otters player to go over 1,000 minutes in a season, playing 1,049 minutes. Stergiotis also had two assists this season, which is tied for the most in a season with teammates Conner Haney and Tresor Mbuyu. Stergiotis also smashed the previous single-season shots record of 15 by recording 22 shots during the season.
Finally, Garcés joined the Otters after completing his college career at Pfeiffer. With Pfeiffer, Garcés was a part of the most dominant offense on the NCAA Division II level and appeared in 59 games over his three seasons with them. He scored 13 goals over his career, with nine coming this past season.
While in the Tri-Cities, Garcés made 12 appearances (tied for second in a season) and played 866 minutes, which was good for third-most in a season. Garcés was asked to move from his natural forward position to the creative midfielder position. Despite the move from the front line, Garcés was still able to score four goals (second-most all-time) and finished second in shots for a season with 20, behind only Dion Stergiotis.
Garcés became the first Otter to score two goals in a game, when he did so against Nashville in their exciting 2-2 draw on June 13that Kermit-Tipton Stadium. In that game he also had five shots, which is tied for the single-most in one game. For his efforts, he was named to the PDL Team of the Week, becoming only the second Otter to receive that honor.
The Charleston Battery currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference of the USL with a record of 10-3-5 and a +17 goal differential. We will provide updates as they become available and we will continue to follow them wherever their careers take them!