Oct. 10, 2007
In soccer numbers are more than just something to put on a jersey to identify a player.
If a soccer player wears No. 9 that means he is the best forward on the team. If he wears No. 10 then that means he is the best player on the team.
Redshirt freshman forward Miguel DaSilva wears No. 10 for the Lipscomb Bisons. It wasn't an easy number to obtain.
"Miguel asked for No. 10 last season and we just shook our heads," said Bisons assistant coach Kevin Burk.
He was given No, 21 instead.
But DaSilva's soccer idols are old-time star Pele' and modern-day star Ronaldinho, a Brazilian who plays professionally for Barcelona. Both wear jersey No. 10.
"Before games I watch video of Pele and Ronaldinho," DaSilva said. "Ronaldinho is the best player in the world right now."
The jury is still out on just how good DaSilva is going to be. He will be on the field tonight at 7 when the Bisons (2-6-2, 1-1-1) face Mercer (5-7, 1-3-0) in an Atlantic Sun contest at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.
He is tied for fifth in the conference in shots with 28 and is tied for fourth in goals with four.
"Miguel has not scratched the surface of what he can do," said Lipscomb head coach Charles Morrow. "He could be pretty special for us."
DaSilva has skills that can't be taught. He is . What he lacks such as consistency in striking the ball can be learned through practice.
"Miguel is not weight room strong," Morrow said. "But he is very strong on the ball. He holds off defenders well. His work ethic is unbelievable. He just needs to be more consistent in some areas of his game.
"The best way to describe him is that he is just a raw talent. Athletically, he has a different gear than everybody else. He is quick and fast. He is not as polished as some players, but he is in his first college season."
DaSilva, unlike most forwards, enjoys playing defense and is just as effective on that side of the ball as a he is on offense.
"Miguel pressures players well," Morrow said. "He is hard on the ball."
It is the wise person who knows his strengths and how best to use them. DaSilva knows exactly what makes him special on the field.
"I'm excited to have the chance to play college soccer," DaSilva said. "It makes me happy to get out there on the field.
"I want to be a complete player. No one is going to go through me. And when I have the ball I am going to get it past you."
A-Sun leader board: Senior forward Ben Page leads the conference in shots with 40. Senior goalkeeper Jake Goergen is first in the conference in saves with 55 and second in saves per game with 5.5. He is tied for second in shutouts with two.