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Ten WBC Soccer Eagles honored by AMC


From Williams Baptist College

The American Midwest Conference announced their 2013 soccer awards on Friday afternoon.  Ten Williams Baptist College athletes were listed among the honorees.
Three Eagles landed on the Honorable Mention All-Conference list.  Senior Lucas Braga, freshman Matheus Allonso and freshman Javier Piedra received the distinguished recognition.  All-Conference members are awarded based on a vote from AMC coaches.
Braga, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil receives the honor for the second time in his career.  The midfielder scored three goals and contributed with two assists for the 2013 season.
"Lucas has been our captain for the last three years.  His stats don't begin to explain how vital he was to our team this season.  Every coach dreams of players with his attitude and skill," said Head Coach Shane Stolz.
Allonso, a native of Sorocaba, Brazil played forward for the Eagles. The freshman started 13 games and played in all 14 contests.  He led the team in goals and assists with six and four, respectively.  He collected 16 points on the season.
"Allonso can change a game at any moment.  He has the skill, speed and finishing ability to strike at any moment.  He was recruited as a goalkeeper and ended up being one of our best attackers," added Stolz.
Piedra is a native of Rogers, Ark.  The goalkeeper finished his freshman season with 72 saves, started 12 games and played in 13 for the squad.  He also held opponents to one goal or less in seven contests.
"Javi is an outstanding talent.  I knew when I recruited him that he would be an All-Conference player.  He is only going to get better as time goes," said Stolz.
A WBC soccer record eight Eagles landed on the Academic All-Conference list.  The honorees include Braga, Khalil de Lima of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jovane Salinas of Rogers, Ark., Edwin Irungu of Nairobi, Kenya, Andrei Leal of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gabriel Sitibaldi of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ben Warner of Magnolia, Ark., and Logan Austin of Hughesville, Mo.
Academic All-Conference requires the recipients to hold a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 and to have been a student at the institution for at least one year.  Freshmen are not eligible for this award.
Williams finished the year with a record of 6-9.  They tripled the team's win total from the pervious season.
"With two freshmen landing on the All-Conference team, it's obvious we have a lot of young talent and a strong nucleus to build on," concluded Stolz.
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