PITMAN—In her first season as a striker for the New Jersey City University women’s soccer team after a standout, 22-goal rookie year at Rutgers-Newark, sophomore transfer JULIA CASERES (Union, NJ/Union) has made an immediate impact. After scoring three goals with an assist for seven points in three games last week, Caseres has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for week one of the 2009 season.
For Caseres, the award is the sixth weekly honor of her collegiate career and the second time she has been named Offensive Player of the Week. In 2008, she was Player of the Week in week seven, and Rookie of the Week four times (weeks two, four, eight and nine).
Caseres currently leads the NJAC in total points (7) and is tied for the conference lead in goals (3). Last week, she averaged 2.33 points and 1.00 goals per game, and had 13 shots (seven on goal).
She scored twice, including the tie-breaking, game-winning goal, as NJCU opened the season on September 1 with a 4-1 win at Mount Saint Mary College. Her first NJCU goal, just 1:14 after MSMC had tied it at 1-1, was the winner as she headed home a corner kick inside the back post. She added the fourth goal of the game in the second half on a penalty kick.
In a back-and-forth game on September 4 against Farmingdale State College at the FSC Tournament, Caseres forced a 2-2 tie at 82:30 of the second half—just 25 seconds after Farmingdale had gained a 2-1 advantage—before the Rams edged the Knights, 3-2.
Caseres, who now has 25 goals in 23 career collegiate contests, had a hand in both NJCU tallies, assisting on the opening goal that also tied the game at 1-1. She also had one shot on goal in a 3-1 loss to #25 ranked Skidmore College.
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