Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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20190423 PeteVillanuevaA Sharyland Pioneer High School student will be playing soccer for William Penn University in Iowa.

Pete Villanueva signed a letter of intent Tuesday to join the private, liberal arts university where he plans to major in business.

“I’d like to open a retail store and a restaurant with my business degree,” Villanueva said. “It’s nerve wracking being here. I’m happy I got to this point and that I am going to college, something I’ve been waiting for my whole life. It wasn’t easy, but I’m here.”

As a student athlete at Sharyland Pioneer, Villanueva also played football and basketball and overcame injuries such as breaking both of his thumbs and tearing his ACL, according to Sharyland Pioneer Athletic Coordinator Tom Lee.

“He’s talented, coachable and a hard worker,” Lee said. “He’s made 15 scores in JV soccer his junior year And three in varsity as a senior. He is fulfilling his dream, we’re excited for this signing.”

Boys Head Soccer Coach Alex Lopez praised Villanueva at the signing.

“William Penn is getting an athlete with an unmatched work ethic,” Lopez said. “He comes in every day, gives it his everything, and is unselfish. He’s always giving his absolute best. Iowa is lucky to have him.”