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Lucas Vallilo

Headlines are often reserved for goalscorers in the world of soccer, but at times this season, University at Albany goalkeeper Lucas Vallilo has stolen the show while representing FC Tucson.

Since conceding a goal in the second match of the season in a 1-1 draw with the BYU Cougars, Vallilo has been money in front of net, highlighted by a phenomenal effort against the San Diego Zest in a 1-0 win that earned the Brazilian PDL Team of the Week honors.

Vallilo single-handedly salvaged the three points for Tucson, coming up with four incredible highlight reel saves that would stand out even at the professional level (WATCH).

Success is nothing new for Vallilo, who helped lead Albany to its first ever Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament this past year, including six saves in a win over #3 ranked Syracuse.

The Sao Paulo native’s distribution from the back has at times proved instrumental in spurring the Tucson attack, helping the Men in Black get out on counters while setting the defense from the back.

The team is back in action tomorrow, July 3rd at 7 p.m. at Kino North Stadium for the side’s final match against rival Albuquerque Sol, featuring fireworks afterwards.

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