KCAC honors 7 BC men soccer players

By Steve Sell
November 14, 2014

LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s just-completed men’s soccer season yielded seven Swedes earning some type of KCAC accolade.

Lucas Procopio and Angel Figueroa were named to the second team, while Luis Fernando Pinto, Gerdson Lubin, Angelo Alessi, Imran Lewis and Kayo Vaz made honorable mention.

The Swedes finished third in the KCAC behind co-champions McPherson College and Kansas Wesleyan, who gobbled up a majority of the first-team spots.

"We are excited and proud to see our student-athletes recognized for their hard work and ability to positively impact matches," Bethany coach Shane Taylor said. "Anytime you can put your name next to the best in the conference, it is an honor. Congratulations to our All-Conference players.”

Procopio, a senior forward from Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil, had a team-high 16 points. He was second on the team in goals with five and led in assists with six.  

Figueroa, a senior defender from Yuma, Ariz., was an integral part of the  defense. His efforts aided Bethany in shutting out three teams this season: Huston-Tillotson University, Johnson and Wales University and Sterling College. Figueroa also tacked on one goal and one assist for the Swedes.

Fernando Pinto is a junior midfielder from Natal, Brazil. He led the team in goals with six, and was second  in points with 14. 

Procopio, Figueroa, and Fernando Pinto were each selected to the 2014 Preseason All-KCAC team, and also earned second-team All-KCAC honors in 2013.

Lubin, a senior midfielder from Miami, Fla., tied with Fernando Pinto for second on the team in points (14). In addition, Lubin tied with Procopio for the second-most goals on the squad with five, and tied with Arman Hoque for the second-most assists with four. 

Alessi a native of Miami Lakes, Fla., is a junior defender.  The Swedes held opponents to five shots on goal or less in seven different contests this season. In 2013, Alessi earned honorable mention All-KCAC honors.

Lewis, a sophomore defender from St. Johns, Antigua, was an anchor on the Swedes’ defense as well. He was vital in helping Bethany hold opponents to three shots on goal or less four different times this season

Vaz is a senior goalkeeper originally from Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil. He tallied 92 saves during the 2014 season, and allowed only 23 goals, which marked an 80 percent save percentage.