The final votes are in and for the first time in Saints athletics history, two athletes receive national recognition. Freshman midfielder Romulo Nobrega, Rio De Jarneiro, Brazil, and sophomore midfielder Oswaldo Garcia, Elkhart, IN, have been named to the 2008 Association of Independent Institutions (AII) 2nd
team all conference for men's soccer.
Only in their second season, the men's soccer program has been able to bring in top recruits not only from the surrounding community, but also from around the world. "This shows that we have quality players on our team," said Head Coach Thiago Pinto. "I believe that we are headed in the right direction."
Romulo led the team in goals with 12, including 5 in the last 4 games. He also ended the year ranked 8th in shots per game (4.88), and 41st in goals per game (.75) in the nation. Oswaldo added 4 goals, 2 assists, and averaged 1.38 shots per game on the year. The two midfielders played in all 16 varsity games solidifying their role for Coach Pinto. "They deserved this award and played a vital role this year, and will continue to play a vital role next year," said Coach Pinto. "They will play a big role helping me build team unity, as well as the program over the next several years."