UNION — Julia Caseres of Union has become the first player in New Jersey City University women’s soccer history to earn national year-end honors in the sport. Caseres, a three-time New Jersey Athletic Conference selection and the league’s all-time leading scorer, was selected to the inaugural D3soccer.com All-America team on Friday, and was voted Third-Team All-America.
Caseres, the all-time leading scorer—goals (78) and points (187)—among men’s and women’s players in the history of the NJAC, was among the NCAA Division III national leaders in several offensive categories, after finishing the season with 26 goals and 10 assists for 62 points in 22 games (22 starts) as the Gothic Knights posted a school-record 14-7-1 mark, qualified for the NJAC Tournament for the first time in program history and reached the post-season for the second straight year, securing a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Quarterfinals.
In the final NCAA Division III statistics of the season, Caseres ranked third in total points, fourth in total goals, ninth in points per game and 12th in goals per game while leading a scoring offense that scored 68 total goals and 3.09 per game—29th in Division III.
“This All-American laurel came as a surprise to me,” Caseres admitted. “Even though this is a prestigious accomplishment for me, I would not have achieved this without an All-American team here at NJCU. Being an All-American is much more than an award—it’s the countless hours I spend training, the unimaginable pressure I put on myself to succeed for my team, and the outcome for my preparation for the one sport I love.”
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