ST. LOUIS - Four members of the Creighton men's soccer team have earned a spot on the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete teams. Kyle Deremer, Ethan Finlay and Brian Holt each earned first-team recognition, while Andrew Ribeiro was tabbed an honorable mention selection. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution and own a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.
Deremer, who also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team recognition owns a 3.61 grade point average majoring in finance with a minor in business administration. The senior defender has started all 19 matches for the 17th-ranked Bluejays this season. He is a first-team all-MVC honoree. The Omaha native has twice been named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week this season.
The 2010 MVC Player of the Year, Finlay owns a 3.29 GPA in marketing. The junior forward leads the MVC and ranks among NCAA leaders with his 14 goals and 32 points. A MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, Finlay notched his fourth two-goal match of the season in Creighton's 4-1 win over New Mexico in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. His 28 career goals, of which half are game-winners, rank ninth in school history.
Holt, who carries a 3.70 GPA in finance, has played all but nine minutes in goal for the Bluejays this year. The junior from Omaha was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team honoree. The Creighton Prep product owns the school record with 27 career shutouts, just one shy of the MVC mark. He is 13-5-1 with a 1.03 goals against average and seven shutouts this season.
Ribeiro was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team because of his 3.57 GPA in nursing. The sophomore forward, who was honored on the MVC All-Tournament Team last week, has started six of the 18 matches he's played in this season. He has three goals and one assist for seven points this year for the MVC regular-season champions.
Creighton (13-5-1) is preparing for its second round NCAA Tournament match at No. 5-seed SMU (15-2-0) on Sunday. The Bluejays and Mustangs kickoff in Dallas at 7 pm on Sunday.