JBU Soccer Players Named to NAIA Honors

Siloam Springs, Ark (January 11, 2000) — The John Brown University Golden Eagles men’s soccer team recently had three of its own named to NAIA national honors.

Sophomore forward Leo Peirano from Montevideo, Uruguay was named to the NAIA Third Team All-American selection. Peirano finished the season with 17 goals, nine assists and 43 points in 18 games. Peirano led the Golden Eagles in all three categories.

Freshman defender Michael Umelo from Tulsa, Okla. was named to the NAIA Honorable Mention selection. Umelo finished the season with two goals, four assists and eight points.

"This is a tremendous accomplishment for a defender," said head coach Bob Gustavson. "He’s been given a lot of responsibility in the backfield and he has done well with it."

Junior defender Virgil Cannon from Irving, Tx. was named to the NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete selection.

"He’s just a great leader on and off the field," said Gustavson.

Gustavson said that he is glad that these players, who are not only great athletes, but great people, were recognized nationally for their accomplishments on and off the field.

Since 1919, John Brown University, a nondenominational Christian university, has provided top-quality, Christ-centered higher education. JBU embraces a three-fold emphasis on educating the "Head, Heart and Hand" of 1,500 students from 47 states and 33 countries. For ten consecutive years, JBU has been on the John Templeton Foundation Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. The University has also repeatedly been included in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of top regional colleges and universities.