IMG Academy Soccer program alumnus Reinaldo Brenes was named as an Academic All-American for the second-consecutive year, announced by the College Sports Informations Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced recently. Brenes was an IMG Academy student-athlete from 2008-10, and was a member of the Costa Rica U18 and U17 National teams. Brenes was regarded as the No. 39 ranked prospect for his class according to Top Drawer Soccer, and earned the IMG Academy Coaches Award for the U18 Academy Team in 2008 and 2009.
To read more about Brenes' Academic All-America honor, check out the full story from Akron below:
AKRON, Ohio – For the second consecutive season, Reinaldo Brenes, a senior striker from The University of Akron men's soccer team, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced.
Brenes, who carries a 3.74 cumulative GPA as an International Business major, picked up Third Team honors for 2013 after being named to the First Team a year ago.
The Zips men's soccer program has now garnered 20 Academic All-America honors since 1998, including 12 in the past four seasons alone. Furthermore, UA has landed at least one player on the prestigious squad every year since 2009.
Following a breakout season in 2012, Brenes continued to be one of college soccer's most dangerous finishers with team-leading totals of eight goals and five game-winners in 18 matches this fall. After missing four consecutive games with a hamstring injury in October, the team captain made an immediate impact upon his return, scoring four goals in his first five contests back.
Highlighting that hot streak, Brenes scored a pair of goals – including the game winner – to lead the Zips (17-4-1) to a 3-2 victory over the defending NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field last Thursday night.
As one of the nation's best players, Brenes, an All-Mid-American Conference First Team honoree, was named to watch lists for the Hermann Trophy as well as the Senior CLASS Award this fall.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00