Rio’s Filho named First Team All-American; Viera, Dodson on Third Team
Randy Payton URG Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Rio Grande, which spent two weeks at the top of the NAIA coaches poll and later reached the quarterfinal round of the national tournament, has placed three players named to the 2013 Men’s Soccer All-America team.
Sophomore forward Luiz Filho was named to the First Team, while senior midfielder Maxi Viera (Montevideo, Uruguay) and junior goal keeper Jon Dodson (Tiffin, OH) both received Third Team recogntion.
The squad was selected by the NAIA All-America committee, which consists of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches, who were selected based on geography. Each team - first, second and third - consisted of 11 members.
Filho, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, led the country in both goals (28) and total points (59). He scored four goals in a win over rival Shawnee State on October 12 and recorded five additional “hat tricks” (three-goal games) over the course of the season.
Viera ranked third on the RedStorm (16-3-3) with 19 points, thanks to six goals and seven assists. His assist total tied with two others for the team lead.
Dodson started all 22 games in goal for Rio, allowing 20 goals and recording 45 saves in just over 1,841 minutes of action. He finished with a .692 save percentage and registered four solo shutouts among the team’s nine clean sheets this season.
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and Oklahoma Wesleyan were the only programs to land multiple players on the first team. Daniel Dunleavy, a second-team selection, was the lone All-American for national champion Martin Methodist (Tenn.).
National runner-up Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) led all programs with four All-America selections - Taian Souza (First Team), Sebastian Wladyko (Second Team), Vignir Johannesson (Second Team) and Elvar Sigurdsson (Third Team).
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) added to its NAIA-leading total of all-time All-Americans, which now sits at 67 with two selections this year. Former-member Simon Fraser (B.C.) (44), Mobile (Ala.) (43), Westmont (Calif.) (41), Auburn Montgomery (40) and Rio Grande (39) trail the Blue Raiders.
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) senior forward Oliver Gore, a Stafford, England, native, was selected as the 2013 Select Sport America-NAIA National Player of the Year. Gore is the first Battlin’ Bear to earn the honor since the award’s inception in 1997.
Gore, who was an All-America honorable mention last season, led Rocky Mountain to back-to-back National Championship appearances in 2012 and 2013 - the only National Championship berths in school history. Gore scored 20 of the Battlin’ Bears’ 44 goals, a team-high, and recorded nine assists on the season.
The 2013 Select Sport America-NAIA National Coach of the Year will be announced at the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) National Convention, which is scheduled for Jan. 15-19, 2014, in Philadelphia, Pa.
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