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Mendoza Shines This Summer
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  07/05/2012
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Stetson men's soccer senior Jonathan Mendoza (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) has recently continued his success on the pitch, leading Orlando City U23 with four goals this summer.

Mendoza, last season's Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year and NSCAA Third Team All-America, scored again on Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over last season's Southeast Division Champion of the USL's Premier Development League, Mississippi Brilla.

The Stetson senior scored in the 26th minute to tie the contest at 1-1.  Mendoza received a leading pass from teammate Johan Bergfeld and finished off the play firing a shot past Mississippi goalkeeper Davis Griffin.  Orlando went on to win the match 2-1, improving to 6-2-4 on the season.

Orlando City currently stands in third place with 22 points, but has played one less game than the Ocala Stampede and the IMG Bradenton Academics, which are in first and second, respectively.

Mendoza's squad has four games remaining in the regular season, one of which is against Bradenton.  Orlando City will return to the pitch tomorrow night, Friday, July 6, when the team heads to Panama City Beach to take on the fourth place Pirates at 8:00 p.m.

"The summer has been great," Mendoza said.  "There have been some ups and downs, but every season is going to have those.  I'm very excited about the upcoming fall at Stetson though.  I'm ready to give it everything I have for this team in my final year with the Hatters."

The Stetson men's soccer team will be looking to make it back to the A-Sun Championship this fall after falling in the semis a year ago.  The Hatters last won the league title in 2009 with a 2-1 victory over Mercer.

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