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San Jacinto College represented at 2013 PDL championships
 August 8, 2013

HOUSTON – Three current San Jacinto College soccer players and two alumni recently participated in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) Southern Conference and national championships.

Sophomore Jose “Sito” Seoane (Nuestra Senora del Carmen/Coruna, Spain), forward for the Austin Aztex, faced off against fellow incoming freshman teammates, defender Ian Barbosa (Colégio e Curso Ícaro in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) and midfielder Joao Monteiro (Colégio e Curso Ícaro in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) for the Laredo Heat. Seoane was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) second team All-American, NJCAA All-Region XIV, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first team All-Region, and the San Jacinto College men’s soccer Newcomer of the Year. He finished the 2012 season with 15 goals and 11 assists for 41 points.

In the semi-finals of the Southern Conference Playoffs on July 27, both Seoane and Monteiro scored a goal to help advance their teams to the final; but, Seoane and his Aztex teammates dominated the final, with Seoane scoring the opening goal in the 25th minute. The Aztex finished the game off in the 86th minute with another goal to make it 2-0. This was enough for the Austin Aztex to clinch the Southern Conference Championship in front of a home crowd of more than 2,600 fans.

Seoane and the Aztex advanced past the Ocean City Nor’easters during the championship semi-finals on Aug. 2. In the seventh minute of the second half, Seoane scored the game’s only goal, leading the Aztex to their first PDL championship game. On Aug. 4, the Aztex faced the Thunder Bay Chill for the 2013 PDL Championship game. Despite the Chill taking the lead in the second minute with their first goal, the Aztex responded two minutes later with a penalty kick goal by Seoane after teammate Kris Tyrpak  was brought down in the box. In the 22nd minute, the Aztex took the lead with Seoane’s second goal of the evening. They added a third goal in the first minute of stoppage time, when Seoane played a threw pass in for Kheiry Shelton to finish a 1v1 with keeper. The Aztex held a tight defense against several attempts from the Chill in the second half and finished the game 3-1. A crowd of 4,253 hometown fans roared as the final whistle sounded and the Aztex claimed their first PDL Championship title. Seoane was named MVP, with two goals and an assist that helped lead the Aztex to their victory. He also had five goals in four games in the PDL playoffs, four of which were the game-winning goals in each of the Aztex four victories leading to the championship.

“It was great to watch past, present, and future players excel in the top amateur level in the United States,” said San Jacinto College Soccer Head Coach Ian Spooner.

Two San Jacinto College soccer alumni also played in the Southern Conference Playoffs – former midfielder Edward Campbell (2009) for the Austin Aztex and former goalkeeper Emmanuel Frias (2009) for the Laredo Heat.

For more information on San Jacinto College athletics, visit www.sanjacsports.com.

PHOTO: Pictured left to right: San Jacinto College soccer players Ian Barbosa, Jose Seoane, and Joao Monteiro recently played in the United Soccer League’s (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) Southern Conference Championship for the Austin Aztex and the Laredo Heat. On Aug. 4, Seoane helped the Aztex win their first PDL Championship title and was also named MVP. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

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