NJCU’S Filippone Named NJAC Rookie Of The Week

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PITMAN — Freshman midfielder Amanda Filippone (Kenilworth/David Brearley) has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for week six of the 2011 season after scoring two goals and adding two assists in a 2-1 week of non-conference action for the New Jersey City University women’s soccer team as the Gothic Knights improved to 11-3 overall.

Filippone, who earns the award for the first time in her career, is the fifth different Gothic Knight to win a weekly conference award this season. She averaged 2.00 points, 1.67 shots, 0.67 goals and 0.67 assists per game for the week.

Filippone started two of the three games last week, seeing 176 minutes of action as a midfielder and defender. She also handed a number of throw ins and four corner kicks.

In an 8-0 home rout of John Jay College on October 4, she scored the first two goals of her NCAA career in the second half, taking five shots in the game, including four on goal in 75 minutes of action in her second career start.

In that game, Filippone scored the first two goals of her career in a span of 1:47 in the 66th and 68th minutes. At 65:39, Filippone split two defenders and buried a shot into the bottom right from the left wing. Then at 67:26, Filippone uncorked a header into the left side of the target off a cross to give NJCU a 7-0 lead.

After playing 53 minutes as a reserve in a 1-0 road overtime loss to Mount Saint Mary College on October 6, she made her third career start in NJCU’s 7-0 romp over York College (NY) on October 8, playing 48 minutes. Offensively, she assisted on the game-winning goal just 2:16 into the action with a chip into the box before adding an assist in the 51st minute with another cross. The assists were her second and third of the year. She played defense for part of that game, helping the Knights limit the Cardinals to only one shot and none on goal.

After missing the first three games of the season with an injury, Filippone has been a factor in her first season, playing in each of the last 11 games. She has two goals and three assists for seven points with 14 shots, including 11 on goal, in 575 minutes of action. She is currently tied for fifth on the team in points and assists and sixth in goals.

“I first met Amanda a year ago when we were recruiting her and she said she really wanted to come and play here,” recalled sixth-year head coach Robert Bielan. “When she became healthy in the second week of the season this year, I said ‘you’re here, now it’s time for you to show what you can do.’ Since that first game she really started to play hard and continues to play hard. She is a major piece of the future of this program. The kid is the first one to practice, the first one to pick up equipment, and first one to the drills and she’s not afraid to ask questions.”

Among the NJAC statistical leaders as of October 9, Filippone is tied for 12th in the league in assists and tied for 17th in assists per game (0.27).

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