PITMAN—In just one week sophomore striker JULIA CASERES (Union, NJ/Union) was responsible for more offensive production than most elite players manufacture in an entire season. The Most Valuable Player of the Scarlet Raider Women’s Soccer Classic, Caseres has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after orchestrating 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists in four games. The award is for week two of the 2009 season.
Caseres is the first NJCU player since Michele Reilly on Oct. 3 and 10, 1994, to be named the NJAC Player of the Week in consecutive weeks.
Caseres posted three hat tricks as NJCU (5-2) won all four of its contests. She amassed 45 shots, 22 of which were on goal. She has bagged 35 goals in 27 career collegiate games.
By winning the Scarlet Raider Classic, NJCU won its first tournament championship in the 17-year history of the women’s soccer program. Caseres also won the tournament as a freshman in 2008 when playing for Rutgers-Newark.
Caseres currently leads the NJAC in every conceivable offensive category—points (34), points per game (3.29), goals (13), goals per game (1.86), assists (8), assists per game (1.14), game-winning goals (3), shots (58), and shots per game (8.29).
The closest player in points to her in the NJAC rankings is her teammate and fellow striker, freshman ASHLEY CUNHA (Edison, NJ/Edison), who has nine goals, five assists and 23 points, and no other player in the league has more than 14 points, seven goals or four assists.
For Caseres, the award is the seventh weekly honor of her collegiate career and the third 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).
In a 9-1 home rout of City College of New York on September 8, she collected three goals and one assist for seven points, including the eventual game-winner.
Caseres amassed what was at the time the fourth highest scoring effort in school history with nine points on three goals and three assists in a 6-2 road win at Medgar Evers College on September 10. She either scored or assisted on every goal in the game.
The only goal NJCU needed in a 1-0 win over SUNY Old Westbury on September 11 at the Scarlet Raider Classic came at 15:28 of the opening period. Caseres received the assist as she sent a cross from the right side into the left of the box where Cunha scored.
In NJCU’s 9-1 victory over Philadelphia Biblical University at the Scarlet Raider Classic on September 12, Caseres scored four goals and had two assists for a 10-point scoring effort—after posting nine points in the win over Medgar Evers just three days earlier. She became the third player in school history to have a double-digit scoring performance in one game, and combined with her nine points against MEC, she now owns two of the top five individual game scoring performances in school history just seven matches into her Gothic Knight career.
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