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SHREVEPORT, LA. - LSUS Men’s Soccer’s Hugo Juliao and Maurice Theart have been named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Honorable Mention All-Americans, announced by the NAIA on Wednesday.
The NAIA All-America committee consists of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches. Each team – first, second and third – consists of 11 members and the honorable mention teams.
“I am so proud of these two young men,” said LSUS Head Soccer Coach Phillip Bohn. “They are such good people, so committed to excellence and flat out walk the walk.”
Juliao, the RRAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference member, solidified the Pilots’ defense all season long en route to a 12 win campaign and a 7-3-1 record in conference play. He has appeared in all 20 games this season for the Pilots, while starting in 19 of them during his senior season. He finished with five assists this season but his contributions in each match did not show up in the box score. He continuously made it tough on opposing teams trying to find the back of the net against the Pilots this season.
“For four years it has been a pleasure to coach Hugo and be a part of his journey,” said Coach Bohn. “He’s been such a huge part of our program and success and it’s fitting to cap his collegiate career with national honors. I have seen Hugo grow so much over these four years and I am certainly going to miss him in our program. I am so proud that he will forever be recognized as an LSUS All-American alumni.”
Theart was a force on the offensive side of the ball all season long for the Pilots. Like Juliao, Theart appeared in all 20 games for the Pilots and finished third on the squad with nine goals. His contributions went far beyond scoring goals, however, as he led the team with nine assists resulting in a team leading 27 points. Theart was named First Team All-Conference for his performance on the field this season.
“Maurice joined us this fall and I had no doubt about the positive impact he would have in our program,” continued Bohn. “He is everything coaches want in a student-athlete and proved why a team mentality is so important. Not only did he have a huge impact on our team and help us find a great deal of success, but he may have been the most improved player. That shows commitment to development which is admirable. With two years left as a student-athlete, I have no doubt Maurice will continue to be someone to keep an eye on moving forward.”
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