What do you do for an encore if you are Leo Stolz?
His list of accomplishments include: Pac 12 Player of the Year in 2013, NCSAA first-team All-American and College Soccer News, and MAC Hermann Trophy finalist.
The next step? You come back even stronger than before.
When Stolz arrived on the Westwood campus, he struggled. He didn’t have any goals, but he did have eight assist.But before it was all said and done, Stolz proved himself to be the go to guy in the Bruin offense.
UCLA head coach Jorge Salcedo said Stolz was asked to do a lot in past.
Sakedo said this last year in the Daily Bruin about Stolz
“It’s a credit to him that in his whole life he’s been asked to do certain things on the soccer field – now he has to change his role and mentality,” he said.
“But he has the skill set and the ability to make plays that are attacking plays, plays that are dynamic plays that leads to goals, and plays that he scores goals with.”
Once Stolz found his niche’, the Bruins went on a roll with him as their leader.
By the end of the season, the midfielder lead the Pac 12 in points (30, 1.5 pg) and he also lead the league in game-winning field goals with four.
Stolz attributed his success in changing his style of play.
“I’m playing in a more attacking position, and that’s all it really is,” Stolz said. “I really haven’t changed my style of play; I’m in a more advanced position and have more chances to score.”
The Bruins are going to need Stolz’s leadership and skills if they are to make a run at not only a Pac 12 title, but a national championship.