Hall of Fame inductee Eduardo Anacleto left mark with NYIT men's soccer

Hall of Fame inductee Eduardo Anacleto left mark with NYIT men's soccer

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Even before Eduardo Anacleto arrived at NYIT to play men's soccer, he already had competed at a high level.

Anacleto, a native Brazilian, played the indoor version of the sport — futsal. His international competitions included a standout performance in China.

Anacleto went on to rank second in NYIT history with 111 career points, trailing only Clitos Papadopoulos (155 points, 1981-84). He was named team MVP all four seasons of his career with the Bears.

Now, Anacleto will be inducted into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday evening in a banquet at the Woodside Club in Muttontown.

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NYIT men's soccer coach Carlos Delcid's lasting impression of Anacleto is his competitive drive.

"He was very skillful," said Delcid, who won a recruiting battle with Franklin Pierce as well as Dowling and Southampton to land Anacleto. "Eduardo was a guy you could always rely on when the pressure was on us. If you needed the goal in the last minute, Eduardo was there."

Anacelto's 2005 squad reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. He was rewarded by being named second-team All-American and NYIT's top male athlete.

"The program is what it is because of what he started," Delcid said.

After his days at NYIT, Anacleto briefly played professionally indoors.

He continues to live in his native Vitoria, Brazil.