Dec. 17, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Justin Portillo, a midfielder, was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Second Team Scholar All-American, the organization announced on Monday. Portillo holds a 3.40 grade point average as a sociology major with a concentration in criminology.
Known for his great touch and skill with the ball at his feet, Portillo was named a NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region second team member this season as well as garnering first team All-Big South and Big South All-Tournament honors.
Portillo served as the lynchpin in the midfield for the 2012 Chanticleer team that ended the season ranked 11th in the nation by the NSCAA and 12th by College Soccer News after posting a 20-3-2 overall record and a perfect 10-0-0 mark in conference play. The New Orleans, La., native scored four goals in helping Coastal to the NCAA's third-ranked attack at 2.52 goals per contest. Moreover, Portillo finished tied for eighth in the country with 10 assists.
The junior netted one of the more memorable goals of the season for the Chanticleers with his equalizer against No. 14 Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. A Wake Forest foul on Ashton Bennett just outside the 18-yard box set up Portillo's in-swinging direct kick that finished just inside the left upper 90. Jakub Stourac netted the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Chants to the program's second appearance in the Tournament's Round of 16.
Portillo along with each student-athlete named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Teams will be recognized January 19 at the All-America Luncheon, held during the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.