JERSEY CITY — Senior striker Julia Caseres (Union) is the New Jersey City University women’s athlete of the week for the second time this season and the 12th time in her three-year Gothic Knight career after becoming the all-time leading scorer in New Jersey collegiate soccer history—male or female—while notching four goals, four assists and 12 points in a 3-0 week as NJCU improved to a school-record 8-0-0. It is the best start to a season and the longest winning streak in program history.
Caseres had two five-point efforts during the week and increased her four-year totals to 88 goals and 40 assists for 216 points between NJCU (2009-11) and Rutgers-Newark (2008) in 72 games. Caseres eclipsed current U.S. Women’s National Team captain Christie Pearce Rampone, who had 212 points in 80 games for Division I Monmouth University from 1993-96—on the all-time scoring charts among men’s or women’s collegiate Division I, II or III players in the history of New Jersey soccer. Caseres also extended her NJCU program record with her 15th and 16th game-winners in three seasons. In three games she had 11 shots, with eight on goal.
On September 13 in a 5-2 non-conference home win against the College of Staten Island, Caseres had two goals and one assist for five points, attempting seven shots, with six on goal. Caseres scored the first and third goals of the game. She scored the first goal of the game just 4:50 into the action before extending the lead to 3-1 early in the 26th minute. She teamed with fellow striker Jennifer Albuja for an assist in the 35th minute for a 4-1 halftime margin.
Caseres didn’t score in a 3-2 double-overtime conference win over William Paterson University on September 17, and was unable to get a shot off while being double-teamed defensively. However, she provided two assists, on the go-ahead second goal of the game in the 69th minute for a 2-1 lead and the golden-goal sudden-death overtime winner in the 108th minute—setting up Albuja for both strikes. The overtime assist was especially impressive. On the left wing, with her back to the goal, Caseres flicked a side-header off a long throw-in into the box where Albuja got a foot on the ball, side-stepped the keeper, and buried the winner.
On September 18 in a 4-0, road non-conference win at SUNY Old Westbury, Caseres surpassed Rampone by chalking up another five-point effort, tallying two goals and one assist. She had the first two goals of the game, scoring in the 42nd minute with the eventual winner before adding an important second goal in the 79th minute. She assisted on the final goal in the 89th minute, setting up Albuja with another header off a throw-in.
Caseres has 10 goals, nine assists and 29 points in the first eight games of the season, while registering 45 shots, 26 shots on goal, three game-winners and three unassisted goals in 646 minutes of action.
Through September 19, Caseres leads the NJAC in points, assists, assists per game (1.12), and game-winning goals, ranks second in points per game (3.62), goals and shots, and fourth in shots per game (5.62) and goals per game (1.25)
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