Central Florida got a goal from Omar Vallejo in the 40th minute and a clean sheet from Sebastian Evers to post a 1-0 win over Kentucky men's soccer, on a cold and rainy Wednesday night at the UK Soccer Complex.
* College Soccer News National Team of the Week (10/29/12) * Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week (10/29/12) * 2012 UKIT All-Tournament Team * 2012 Gamecock Classic All-Tournament Team * 2012 All-Conference USA (first-team) * 2012 All-Conference USA Tournament Team * 2012 NSCAA All-Midwest Region (second-team) * 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA
2012 Athletic center back emerged as a breakout performer in Johan Cedegren's system of play ... Started all 21 games at center back, leading the team with 1892 minutes played ... A physical, instinctual player, became a force in the air at winning contested headers ... Totaled one goal on 11 shots, firing four on target ... Played the full time in 18 of 21 games ... Was subbed out for just 31 minutes over three of UK's 2012 games ... Played the full-time the final eight games, a span of 560 consecutive minutes ... Netted first career goal as the game-winning tally vs. East Tennessee State ... Fired shots in 11 different games ... Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in a voting of the league coaches ... Was also named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team and second-team All-Midwest Region by the NSCAA ... Was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and C-USA Defensive Player of the Week after helping lead UK to a 2-0 win at No. 23 Tulsa.
2011 Established himself as one of the top defenders in the league playing in all 20 games with 18 starts ... Logged 1626 minutes with two assists ... Fired five shots on the year, with one on target ... Got his first career assist in a win over Wright State ... Notched second career assist vs. UAB ... Was not subbed out of the game the rest of the year after playing only 38 minutes at Stanford ... Didn't start the first two games of 2011, before ending the year on an 18-game starting streak on the backline.
2010 Became a fixture on the backline for UK as a freshman, playing in 18 of UK's 19 games with 14 starts ... Logged 1067 minutes ... Fired two shots, one vs. Michigan and Louisville ... Played the full 90 minutes vs. Tulsa and Eastern Illinois, logging 93 minutes vs. Iona and a season-best 95 minutes vs. Indiana ... Started the first nine games of his career, then started the final five games of the regular-season.
2009 Redshirted season.
Pre-College Played at Kettle Moraine High School under coach Greg Prospero ... Led his team to a Regional Championship and Sectional Runner-up in 2009 ... Received first-team all-conference, first-team all-area and second-team all-state honors his senior season ... Played club ball for Croatian Eagles under coach Alex Toth from 2008-09 ... Helped them to State Cup Runner Up in 2008 and State Cup Champions in 2009 ... Also played football in high school for three seasons plus part of his senior year.
Personal Full name is Steven Allen Perinovic ... Son of Bill and Lisa Perinovic ... Has a younger brother Brett (16) ... Born on June 2, 1991 in West Allis, Wis.