Coach Erwin on Teixiera... "Rafael has tremendous technique and in the spring, his work ethic improved tremendously. When both of these things come together, he is a very influential player on the field. He can play a couple of positions and is another player who is a veteran of C-USA and should be ready for the competition."
2006... Played in eight matches, starting four...Recorded a goal and two assists for four points...Registered an assist on Jamal Robinson's tally vs. UNC-Wilmington at the Aaron Olitzky Memorial Classic...Scored the first goal in the shutout of North Florida...Notched an assist James Georgeff's goal against UAB...Collected a season-high 10 shots in that contest.
2005... Saw action in 16 matches with seven starts...Collected six points on two goals and two assists...Notched an assist on Mike Mattson's tally against Central Connecticut...Recorded five points, scoring two goals and adding an assist, in the shutout of East Carolina.
2004... Started three matches before being sidelined by an injury...Collected his first career assist on Jon Imran's goal against Marshall...Scored an unassisted tally against Howard...Granted a medical redshirt for the season, retaining the year of eligibity.
2003... Saw action in 15 games with six starts...Recorded 17 shots...Scored a goal in his collegiate debut against Virginia Commonwealth...Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.
Prior to UCF... A four-year varsity soccer player at Taravella High School...Played at left midfield his first two seasons...Scored two goals and helped his team win the district championship his freshman year...Recorded eight goals and eight assists his sophomore season...Named best offensive player after scoring 15 goals and collecting nine assists in an abbreviated junior season...season...Missed 12 matches that year...Put up 36 goals and 20 assists to garner Player of the Year honors from both the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel...An all-state selection...THS team won the district, regional and state championships and was ranked No. 6 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)...Also played with the Parkland Predators, a perennial participant in the Final Four of the State Cup.
Personal... Born Rafael Araujo Teixeira...Son of Antonio and Araciara Teixeira...Major is finance.