Omaha Student Wins First-Team Soccer Honors

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CHICAGO, IL (December 13, 2004)  – Austin Person of First Covenant Church in  Omaha, Nebraska, earned first-team honors and Henrik Wihlborg and Matt  Moncada received third-team recognition for the Central Region’s North Division squad via  voting by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Person, a sophomore goalie for North Park University (NPU), posted five  shutouts and allowed just 15 goals in 17 games for the Vikings, which  finished 14-3-2 overall and won its first-ever College Conference of  Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) playoff championship.

A first-team All-CCIW pick, Person had some of his best games when it  counted most. He had shutouts in the CCIW playoff semifinals and finals  as coach John Born’s team defeated Elmhurst College and Wheaton College  respectively.

Wihlborg, a senior defender from Ljungby, Sweden, helped anchor NPU’s  back row defense, earning his second All-Conference honor earlier this  fall.

Moncada, a junior forward from Crystal Lake, Illinois, tallied 14 goals  and added six assists to lead all NPU scorers. He has totaled 27 goals  and dished off eight assists during his collegiate career.

The NSCAA’s Central Region has a total of 70 teams, said Central Region  committee chair Toby Bares. The committee divided the region into a  North and South division and the North division included 37 schools.

NPU earned an academic award recently as the Vikings were among 73  schools recognized by the NSCAA/adidas Men’s College Team Academic  Awards. The Vikings posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.15 on a  4.0 scale, putting them tied for 38th among schools from all NCAA and  NAIA institutions. Oberlin College of Ohio (3.52) had the highest team  grade-point average.

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