Bonatto Returns to First Team, Three Others Honored by Heart

Oskaloosa–Eduardo Bonatto (Sr., Rio Grande, Brazil, Business Management) guided a foursome of William Penn men’s soccer players who were picked to be all-Heart of America Athletic Conference honorees as the squads were announced Tuesday.

Bonatto was selected for the 14-player first team for the second year in a row, while Luis Amezquita (Sr., Inglewood, Calif., Sociology), Kenedy Deviska (So., Pignon, Haiti, Wellness and Recreation), and Bernardo Lima (Sr., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Exercise Science) were all honored on the 14-individual second squad. An additional 13 student-athletes were named to the third team.

Bonatto, Amezquita, and Deviska are all now two-time honorees, while Lima is an all-conference selection for the first time.

The quartet has led WPU to its best campaign ever, sitting at 14-4 overall (9-2 Heart) entering this Friday’s Heart Quarterfinal matchup with #7 seed MidAmerica Nazarene at 6 p.m. The Statesmen have broken the program record most goals (currently at 57), while also tying for most wins and holding their highest ranking ever at #9.

Bonatto has a team-best 16 goals with six assists for a team-high 38 points. He also paces the navy and gold with 77 shots, 49 shots on goal, and five penalty-kick goals. The senior has recorded four game-winners this fall.

Within the Heart, Bonatto tops the league in points, shots, and shots on goal, while being second in goals and game-winners and seventh in assists. He is a two-time Heart Offensive Player of the Week and one-time NAIA Offensive Player of the Week.

Deviska has produced timely scores again and again as five of his nine goals have been game-winners. The sophomore has also managed four assists for 22 total points, while tallying 62 shots and 31 shots on goal.

Deviska heads the conference in game-winners, while also being second in shots, third in shots on goal, seventh in goals, and eighth in points.

Lima has been a part of 14 goals for William Penn this year, including scoring six himself and assisting on eight others for 20 total points. The senior has posted one game-winning goal among his 37 total shots (24 on goal).

Lima ranks fourth in the Heart in assists, sixth in shots on goal, and 13th in points.

Amezquita has been a huge part of a defense that has limited opposing squads to just 1.39 goals per game and has managed six shutouts. The senior has also produced on the offensive end with three goals (one game-winner) for six points.

Regular-season champion Central Methodist brought home several of the league’s top awards, including having both Co-Player of the Year recipients in Marcos German and Daniel Hernandez. The Eagles also have the Offensive Player of the Year (Hernandez) and Defensive Player of the Year (German), while securing the Coaching Staff of the Year honor as well (Alex Nichols).

Newcomer of the Year laurels were awarded to Juan Manuel Arias of MidAmerica Nazarene, while Kirill Kamnev of Missouri Valley and Massimo Salvoni of Baker shared Freshman of the Year accolades.

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