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HICKORY, NC – Soccer season at Lenoir-Rhyne University is not until the fall, but one team member may soon be part of an international storyline.

Meet Ignacio Solís, a defender for the Bears, who also happens to be the son of Costa Rican presidential hopeful
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"I love to study and also play soccer," said Ignacio. "The only place it's possible to do that is here in America."

Ignacio was recruited from Costa Rica to play for the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears last year by Coach Tom Gott.

"He's very composed," said Gott. "He brings a lot of experience as he is an older transfer student. And the guys have really taken to him and he plays a big role for us."

The election for the Costa Rican president is April 6. Ignacio's father is the only remaining candidate as his opponent recently dropped out of the race. However, Costa Rican law requires both contenders' names to be on the ballot.

"The People wants (sic) change," said Ignacio. "…we need to wait until that day, do the election, count the votes and then say, "OK, you're elected." But he has more possibilities than he had before."

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