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RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Two members of the University of Rio Grande men’s soccer teams have been honored for their accomplishments in the classroom.


Sophomore forward Luiz Filho and junior goal keeper Jon Dodson have both been named to the Capital One Academic All-District One College Division by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).


Filho, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is majoring in Business and carries a 3.97 grade point average.


Dodson, a native of Tiffin, Ohio, has a 3.30 GPA as a Business Management major.


Filho leads Rio Grande in goals (23), points (49) and game-winning goals (5). His 23 goals currently rank second in the country.


Dodson has started all 16 of the RedStorm’s contests in goal and has recorded 32 saves and .744 save percentage. He’s also allowed just 11 goals this season and has authored four solo shutouts, while teaming with reserve net-minder Ludovic Delapeyre on four additional clean sheets.


Joining Filho and Dodson on the all-district team are defenders Alan Vezza and Tobias Gerber of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University, as well as defenders Donal Lynch of Davenport University, Cody LaBelle of Montreat College and Taian Souza of Auburn University-Montgomery; forwards Dino Duratovic of Davenport University and Helge Pietschmann from William Carey College; goal keeper Andreas Hoffer from Thomas University; and midfielders Luiz Velasquez of Embry-Riddle (Fla.), Luis Trude of William Carey College and Elvar Sigurdsson of Auburn-Montgomery.


The Academic All‐District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All‐America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar‐athletes honored.


The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All‐America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.


First‐team all-district honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.


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