Antiguan Defender Inks with Men's Soccer

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 12, 2008) — Joel Thomas, a six-foot, 180 pound defender from St. John’s Antigua, has signed a national letter of intent to play men’s soccer for JBU in the fall.

As a former captain of Antigua’s under-15 and under-17 national teams, Thomas has competed against some of the top competitors in the Caribbean. And as a current member of the Villa Lions (Antigua) soccer club and 5P’s (Proper Preparation Prevents a Poor Performance) School of Football Development, Thomas has been an important piece in the success of both programs.

“Over the years, I’ve watched Joel, grow to be a critical defensive player whether it be on the national team or our 5P’s senior squad,” said 5P’s president Tony Hadeed. “His key asset is that he’s a dominating presence on the field, and many local teams have tried to woo him away from 5P’s because of this.”

JBU head men’s soccer coach Bob Gustavson added that he expects Thomas to be a tremendous asset to JBU.

“He [Thomas] comes from the same club as senior defender Terry Andrew,” said Gustavson. “Together, the two of them should have a good understanding of how to cover for each other in the back line. So, we expect him to be ready for the challenge both on and off the field.”