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Columbia College soccer players earn NAIA honors

Monday, December 6, 2010 | 9:18 p.m. CST; updated 9:47 p.m. CST, Monday, December 6, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia College men's soccer player Nikola Velickovic was named a third team NAIA All-American, while teammates Dylan Barduzzi and Edgar Reyna earned honorable mentions on the squad.  

A sophomore defender from Cacak, Serbia, Velickovic was also a third team selection in 2009. He played in 19 games for the Cougars this season, posting two assists, and was a key component in the Cougars' defense, which allowed only 17 goals in 21 games.

Barduzzi, a honorable-mention for the second time in his career, is a junior from Florianopolis, Brazil, who played in all 21 games for the Cougars this season. Barduzzi was second on the team in scoring with 10 goals, including one game-winner. He also had a team-high five assists for a total of 25 points.

In his first season with the Cougars, Reyna, a junior forward from Nogales, Ariz., played in 18 games this season, claiming a team-high 12 goals and one assist. The performance earned him American Midwest Conference Newcomer of the Year accolades.

Milos Milosavljevic, Tim Tevlin and Dan Rapp were also recognized as members of the NAIA Scholar-Athlete team.

Columbia College finished the 2010 campaign at 12-6-3 after winning the program’s second consecutive American Midwest Conference Tournament title. The Cougars were ranked No. 23 in the final NAIA poll and made their second straight appearance at the NAIA national championship tournament.


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