Four Wildcats Named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athletes

Four Wildcats Named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athletes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 30, 2018) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Men's Soccer Scholar-Athletes on Friday which included Johnson & Wales (Fla.) seniors Jeronimo Este, Brian Vidales, Valentin Salinas, and Tim Petersen.

Este, Vidales, Salinas, and Petersen are among the 532 men's soccer student-athletes recognized by the NAIA. In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

All four Wildcats were also named to this year's Sun Conference All-Academic team, announced earlier this month.

Este, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, appeared in 12 games for the Wildcats, making six starts. In two seasons with JWU, Este appeared in 24 matches (10 starts) with one goal (the game-winner versus Spring Arbor – 9/1/17) on five total shots.

Vidales appeared in all 15 matches for the Wildcats with five starts. The native of Moultrie, Georgia, scored one goal on nine total shots in 2018. During his two years at JWU, Vidales appeared in 30 matches, starting in 12. He registered four points (1g, 2a) with 12-career shots (four on net).

Salinas, a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's Soccer Team selection (First-Team All-District I), appeared in all 15 matches for the Wildcats, making six starts in 2018. Salinas finished the year tied for second on the team in total points (15), and goals (6) while registering a career-best seven assists (tied for the team lead).

Petersen, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, appeared in 13 games for the Wildcats, making four starts. The senior forward registered three goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime versus Florida Memorial (10/3/18). He finished 2018 with 13 total shots (eight on goal).