2002: A preseason all-league selection, Gutierrez lived up to his preseason billing as a junior. He survived the season uninjured and led the team in scoring, tied with Eric Marshall. He logged seven goals and three assists on the year, amassing 17 points. He's strikes won two contests, bringing his career total to five. He scored the first goal in a 3-0 win over Wis.-Green Bay (Oct. 8) and a 2-0 win over Louisville (Oct. 15). Gutierrez had one two-point match on the year, scoring a goal and logging an assist against Wright State (Sept. 16) in a 4-2 win.
2001: Gutierrez was limited to just 14 matches, due to injury. In the offseason, however, he proved he was as healthy as ever as part of the natinonal championship club team. Despite missing seven contests, he was still the fourth-highest scorer on the team in 2001. He averaged a goal in every 2.8 contests, scoring five goals on the year. He was the team leader and ranked sixth in C-USA in assists with six, despite the time off. He tallied two match winning goals on the year, with one against DePaul (Sept. 3) and the second in the C-USA quarterfinals against South Florida (Nov. 15). His return in the regular season finale against Cincinnati (Nov. 11) match sent MU on a three-match winning streak, leading the Golden Eagles to the C-USA title match against Saint Louis. In his return following injury, Gutierrez scored two goals (South Florida, UAB) and added two assists (Cincinnati). He had two other multiple scoring matches. He scored a goal and had two assists against San Francisco (Sept. 20) and he tallied a goal and an assist against Louisville (Oct. 6).
2000: One of many freshmen that Marquette relied on in 2000 was Derek Gutierrez. The tall and agile Gutierrez was an offensive scoring threat that adapted to a role on a college team with ease. Gutierrez was fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points, netting four goals and three assists. He made his collegiate debut, and the first of five season starts, in the season opener against Wis.-Milwaukee (Sept. 1). He peppered the net with three shots and earned an assist in MU's 5-1 win. Gutierrez's first goal came in a CUSA contest against South Florida (Sept. 9). His second goal was MU's only tally in a 1-0 win over Northwestern (Sept. 12). He scored for the third straight time against Cal Poly (Sept. 15) in a 3-3 tie. Gutierrez scored goal four against Wis.-Green Bay (Oct. 10). His final tally came in conjunction with an assist in the season finale, a 4-3 overtime win over DePaul (Nov. 1).
At St. Thomas Aquinas: Gutierrez capped off standout career with strong senior season in which he captained the Saints and tallied six goals and 14 assists. He was named to the All-Conference, All-State, All-Johnson County and All-Northeast Kansas Coaches First Team and earned a place on the All-Top Dawg Tournament Team as a senior. He was named Kansas City Star All-Metro Second Team and Johnson County Sun All-Sun Country Play of the Year following his final campaign. He was named Saints' Most Inspirational Player in 1999 and earned team's Soccer Red Badge of Courage Award in 1998. He played for the Kansas State ODP team from 1996-2000 and was elected ODP team captain by teammates. High school teammate Chris Lee joined Gutierrez at Marquette. Off the field, Gutierrez was voted to St. Thomas Aquinas' Student Senate.
Personal: Born March 20, 1982, Gutierrez is the son of Robert and Deborah Gutierrez. He has two older brothers. His bother Dusty was starting keeper for Johnson County CC, where he holds the program's shutout record, and also lettered at Avila College. His brother Jake currently plays goalkeeper for Western Illinois. He is a business major.
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