Certain things just go together, and that seems to be the case for Creighton men’s soccer program and Diego Gutierrez, a recent transfer and senior forward.
An Omaha native, Gutierrez made impacts on the field dating back to his starts at Ralston High School. From there, he committed to UNO where he spent the last three years. At UNO, he was named to the first team All Summit League, placing fourth in school history for scores, fifth in game-winning goals and third in assists.
But for Gutierrez, he wanted something different, and head men’s soccer coach Johnny Torres was offering that at Creighton.
For Torres, Gutierrez was one of those players who jumped out at him. “Diego was the most electrifying player on the field,” he said.
Torres recognized the forward’s skill set and dynamic play-making ability as something that belonged at Creighton. “We are delighted to welcome him into the program and keep him in his home state,” Torres said.
For Gutierrez, there was just that “it” factor about the program. It had the type of culture he wanted to be surrounded by.
“Competing for a national title at Creighton is a must — it is the way the program is built,” he said.
That drive is what motivates Gutierrez to get better every day and be the best teammate he can be — a sentiment that does not go unnoticed by the coaching staff.
“Diego has already shown that he is a great teammate and extremely coachable,” Torres said.
As they look to the spring, Torres, Gutierrez and the team are optimistic.
Gutierrez is continuing to get acclimated but is enjoying his experience with his new team, praising his teammates for making it easy to adjust as they work toward their common goal: winning a national title.
Torres says he’ll look to his new forward to be an impact player from day one, a catalyst on the offensive side of the ball as they search for that national honor.
Although the quest is delayed for the moment, the two look forward to Gutierrez’s start in the Creighton blue this spring.