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Junior Bruno Castro was one of two Bluejays honored on Thursday for academic and athletic performance.
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Two Men's Soccer Players Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

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 All-Conference team.

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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