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Jose Vidal
Sport: Soccer
Year Graduated: 1984
Year Inducted: 1997

In a tragically brief two-year career, Jose "Sheche" Vidal developed a reputation as one of the nation's finest collegiate soccer players.

Entering Boston University as a sophomore in 1981, Vidal quickly guided the Terriers to a 9-6-3 record. Among the wins was a 2-1 triumph over Boston College in the finals of the ECAC Tournament. Although primarily a defensive specialist, he contributed a goal and three assists for five points. In recognition of his efforts, Vidal received Third Team All-America and First Team All-New England selection, and Team and Greater Boston League MVP honors.

After suffering a serious knee injury, Vidal was sidelined for the duration of the 1982 campaign, and his value to the team was demonstrated in is absence. Boston University, the defending ECAC champion, struggled to a 6-8-2 ledger.

Vidal never fully recovered, but he regained enough strength to appear in 18 games as a senior. He anchored a Terrier defense which blanked 10 foes, and led them to a 10-4-5 mark.

A consensus all-star selection, Vidal finished third in balloting for the Herman Trophy, which is presented anually to the nation's outstanding college player. In addition, he received First Team MVP accolades.

He demonstrated similar skill in the classroom, where, in just three years at Boston University, he received his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Vidal's accomplishments at Boston University added to an already impressive resume. From 1977-81, he was a member of the Venezuelan Olympic Soccer Team. In 1979, he was the National Soccer Player of the Year and in 1980, he was the National Athlete of the Year.



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