Started the first two games of the season vs. No. 3 Clemson (8/26) and Mercer (8/30)… made four saves and allowed five goals in 193 minutes of action.
Started five matches in goal ... Had 18 saves, including nine against UNC Greensboro (9/8) ... Gained wins over Mercer (8/28) and Georgia Southern (8/31).
Started 18 matches in goal, posting a 1.55 goals against average ... Made 62 saves in 1,626 minutes of play ... Tallied three shutouts: vs. Belmont (8/29), vs. Mercer (9/7) and vs. No. 21 UAB (10/14) in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals ... Named NSCAA National Player of the Week and C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 25 Clemson (9/7) ... Made five saves in the contest, including two back-to-back stops with one of those sequences happening inside the six-yard box ... He also had a clean sheet vs. Mercer to follow, stopping three shots in that win ... Made eight stops in the win at FIU (10/8) ... Stopped six shots as part of a combined shutout at Old Dominion (10/29) ... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's and Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Rolls.
Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team...started 15 of his 17 appearances after Robert Beebe with down with an injury vs. Coastal Carolina (Sept. 10)...thrust into the starting lineup the following match son on the road at No. 12 St. John's (Sept. 13)...recorded four shutouts in his freshman campaign...first clean sheet came in a 0-0 draw vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 22) in the Gamecock Classic...posted his first collegiate win in a 2-1 decision in the conference opener at eventual C-USA tournament champion Charlotte (Sept. 27)...recorded a career-high seven saves in the win over the 49ers...earned a shutout victory vs. then No. 25 and eventual College Cup participant New Mexico (Oct. 26)....earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Honors for his performance vs. New Mexico that gave head coach Mark Berson his 450th win at South Carolina...fourth shutout came at FIU in a 0-0 draw (Oct. 30)...in 1461 minutes, had 55 saves on the season and allowed 20 goals for a 1.23 GAA.
Rated as the No. 14 signee in the Florida Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com… Starting goalkeeper for the IMG U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy squad (member of squad since 2010)… Selected to the 2012 AX/PSC Select U.S. Team, which competed in the European Showcase (Denmark, Netherlands)… Prior to time at IMG, member of Club Deportivo Los Millonarios in Bogata, Colombia with U15/U17 squads… Named to the Bogata city all-star team in 2009 and represented the city in the 2010 national tournament… Prior to time in Columbia, spent two seasons with Atletico de Madrid.
Son of Mario and Corinna Velez… has one sister – Hannah, and a brother – Jamie… has triple nationality, United States, Columbia and Spain.