BRAZ SIGNS WITH MEN'S SOCCER FOR 2003

DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire head men's soccer coach Rob Thompson announced Tuesday that Pedro Braz (East Providence, R.I.) has signed a national letter-of-intent to enroll at UNH and join the men's soccer program in the fall of 2003. Braz is the fourth player to sign with the Wildcats this spring.

"I'm really excited for Pedro and our program. He will add a few different elements to our team," said Thompson. "He's an athletic left-footed player that can play in the back or in the midfield."

A 5-8 sweeper, Braz was a first-team All-New England selection while playing for East Providence HS this past season. While at East Providence, he was a two-time first team All-Rhode Island selection as well as a three-time All-Division selection. Braz was also named to three state All-Tournament teams. Braz was the leading scorer for the Rhode Island state champion Bayside United club team.

Next season, the Wildcats return 9 of 11 starters from a 2002 squad that finished 10-5-2, made their second-straight America East tournament appearance and fell in the conference semifinals to eventual champion Northeastern. UNH returns five all-conference honorees in 2003. The season opens August 29th with the 14th annual Nike Fall Soccer Classic.

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