OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 1) -
Two Creighton men's soccer players earned 2012 Capital One Academic
All-District VII First Team honors as voted on by the College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) the organization announced Thursday.
Creighton junior Bruno Castro and sophomore Eric Miller were
each recognized for work both on the field and in the classroom. The honor is
the first for each player.
As First Team All-District members Castro
and Miller will be placed on a national ballot for a chance to be recognized as
an Academic All-America selection while competing against student-athletes from
across the country.
Castro has played in 15 games for the Bluejays this season
while logging nine starts. He boasts six points for the Creighton offense so
far in 2012 with a pair of goals and two assists.
On Oct. 20, Castro netted the game-winning goal against
Bradley after converting a penalty kick in the third minute in the 1-0 win over
the Braves. He scored his first goal of the season off a deflection with a
crossing shot against Rutgers on Sept. 2.
Castro assisted on the game-winning score against William
& Mary on Sept. 16. The San Jose, Costa Rica, native added his second
assist of the year on a crossing pass at Central Arkansas on Oct. 13.
A 2011 All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Second Team and National
Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Second Team
selection, Castro was listed at No. 45 on TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2012 Preseason
100 Watch list. He also earned recognition on the 2012 MVC Preseason
Castro carries a 3.67 grade point average in marketing.
Miller has started all 14 contests for the Bluejays this
season for which he has been available. He is still seeking his first point of
the season on offense but has helped the CU defense hold opponents scoreless in
seven of the last eight matches dating back to Sept. 25. Miller has attempted a
shot in all but three matches this season and has logged 90 minutes or more on
the pitch in all but four contests.
The Woodbury, Minn., native was one of 19 players selected
to play for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team earlier this fall. Miller made
his first start of the trip on Oct. 16 playing all 90 minutes in a 3-2 win over
Azerbaijan. He previously played 69 minutes off the bench in a 2-1 loss to
Canada (Oct. 10) and logged 63 minutes in a 2-0 win over Scotland (Oct. 12) at the
Marbella Cup in Spain.
A 2011 All-MVC Freshman Team selection, Miller was listed at
No. 32 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2012 Midseason 100 Watch list. He also earned 2012
MVC Preseason All-Conference team laurels and earned recognition as a member of
TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week on Sept. 10.
A business major, Miller boasts a 3.71 grade point average.
Both players are looking to continue the Bluejays' Academic
All-America success of 2011. Former goalkeeper Brian Holt was named the Capital
One Academic All-America® of the Year in Division I, while teammates Ethan
Finlay and Jace Peters were honored on the Academic All-America Second Team.
Prior to last season, the Bluejays owned just two CoSIDA
Academic All-America selections in men's soccer. Shane Havens (2003) and Matt Wieland (2005)
each claimed Third Team Academic All-America honors for the Bluejays.
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