Pereira, Cid-Fernandez earn All-America honors
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist |

TYLER – UT Tyler junior Lucas Pereira and senior Leandro Cid-Fernandez have been named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-Americans a day after they earned all-region honors for the third straight season.

Pereira earned first-team honors after leading the Patriots with 11 goals and four assists, while Cid-Fernandez was named to the third-team after scoring six goals and assisting on three. The all-America selections are the seventh in UT Tyler men’s soccer history and first since the 2013 season. The all-America honors are the first for both Pereira and Cid-Fernandez. 

“Having an impact is the most important thing and both of them have had that for us,” UT Tyler head coach Kenny Jones said. “They made things happen for our team all season. I know how hard it is for a player to get to this point and I’m really proud of them for what they’ve accomplished as a part of our program.”

Pereira and Cid-Fernandez join Enoch Shipman (2013), Jake Urbaniak (2010, 2011), Victor Almendariz (2011) and Barrett Browning (2003) as UT Tyler players who have earned all-American honors in the 16-year history of the program. Both players were named United Soccer Coaches All-West Region on Wednesday for the third straight season.

A forward from Spain, Pereira was the American Southwest Conference leader in goals scored with his 11 and was tied for fourth in assists. Along with his USC All-West Region honor, Pereira also has been named to the ASC first-team and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. After three years at UT Tyler, Pereira now has 23 career goals which is tied for the fifth most in program history and he also has nine assists going into his senior season.

“Lucas was involved in almost every single goal we had this year,” Jones said. “He was always active for us in our attack. It is a well-deserved honor for him after he was a threat offensively in every game. From an attacking standpoint, he was great for us. Lucas always had all the tools, it was just a matter of him refining those skills and he is now an impact player at the highest level. His mentality and effort is great.”

A midfielder from Argentina, Cid-Fernandez caps his record-setting career by earning all-America honors in his senior season. He is the all-time leading goal scorer in program history with 36 goals and also has 14 assists. His 86 career points is also the most ever in UT Tyler history and he is the first player to ever earn three straight ASC Midfielder of the Year honors. Along with that honor, he was also named to the ASC first-team and was an All-West Region selection for the third straight season.

“Leo has been a great player for us for four years and really deserves to earn this honor,” Jones said. “He really developed and adapted to the game. He went out there and worked really hard and was coachable. It’s not easy to become an all-American and you have to work for it. He did a great job of preparing himself and refining his skills to get to the level he got to. His contributions for our program was impressive for four years.”

Pereira and Cid-Fernandez helped UT Tyler to an 11-4-3 record in the 2017 season where the Patriots advanced to the program’s fourth NCAA tournament appearance. Combined, the two players have scored 59 of the 127 goals the Patriots have recorded over the past four years.

The United Soccer Coaches announced on Thursday the association’s NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s All-America Teams on the eve of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championship semifinals in Greensboro, North Carolina. A total of 92 players (46 men, 46 women) in NCAA Division III soccer receive All-America recognition this year, led by a trio of three-time All-Americans: Brandeis University midfielder Josh Ocel, Lynchburg College defender Emily Maxwell and University of Chicago senior midfielder Mia Calamari. 

This year’s NCAA Division III All-Americans, along with their families and coaches, will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in downtown Philadelphia.