Friday, May 7, 2010

Vieira Signs NLI

Ronaldo Vieira signing his NLI with Head Coach Kevin Mellon

Bridgton Academy Soccer standout Ronaldo Vieira (Framingham, MA)recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer next fall at Radford University in Radford, VA. Vieira chose Radford because newly appointed head coach Marc Reeves showed a great deal of interest, "I was waiting to hear from some schools, and Coach Reeves made made an offer and I talked with my parents and decided it was the right place," Ronaldo said of his decision.

Vieira contributes a great deal of his success to the Bridgton program, but his individual hard work is not over looked. Vieira came into preseason weighing 222 lbs, he trimmed 20 pounds off midway through the season, and in the off season he is now down to 180 lbs. Ronaldo said, "Coach Mellon pushed us as a team hard, to improve our play as a team an individually. Playing with great players allowed us all to get exposure." Vieira set his goals on playing soccer at a D-I school coming into the school year, but he also knew he must get his grades up to achieve that. He has done just that.

Radford University competes at the Division I level, in the Big South Conference.

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