Portions courtesy of Dominican University athletics communications
KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Dominican University's Nicolo Vitale (Sheboygan, Wis.) was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Third Team, the national coaching organization announced Dec. 18.
The honor is a final crowning jewel in the collegiate career of the senior defender, a four-year letterwinner who just wrapped up his seventh and final semester at Dominican and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree while pursuing a double major in marketing and Italian.
"What an award to cap a career," said Erick Baumann, the Stars' head men's soccer coach since 1995. "Nico has worked extremely hard on the field and in the classroom and to be rewarded this way in his final season is a great honor. What a testament to the work he put in as a captain on our roster as well as a student on campus. I am so proud of the individual Nico is and will continue to be."
After spending three seasons as a forward with the Stars, Vitale filled a need for Dominican in 2019 and anchored a back line that posted 14 total shutouts and a 0.75 goals-against average while going 16-3-3 on the season and claiming a share of the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) regular-season title, the 2019 NACC Tournament championship and the 16th appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship tournament in program history.
Vitale started all 22 games for the Stars this season, registering 12 points on three goals and six assists. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring and assists and fifth in goals scored while logging a total of 1,775 minutes of field time in 2019.
For his senior season, Vitale was named to the 2019 All-NACC First Team, United Soccer Coaches All-Central Region Second Team and United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-North/Central Second Team before adding Wednesday's honor to his resume.