Rutgers-Newark’s Catania, MSU’s Radoncic and Kean’s Soumahoro Earn First NJAC Men’s Football Weekly Honors of 2022

Rutgers-Newark’s Catania, MSU’s Radoncic and Kean’s Soumahoro Earn First NJAC Men’s Football Weekly Honors of 2022





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PITMAN, NJ — The New Jersey Athletic Conference has announced its first weekly men’s soccer honors of the 2022 season, with the honors covering performances for the week ending Sept. 5.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FRANCO CATANIA • Rutgers-Newark
Senior • Forward • Elmwood Park, NJ/Elmwood Park

Catania, the reigning NJAC Offensive Player of the Year, rebounded and won the new season’s first Offensive Player of the Week award. He scored two goals and assisted a third in Rutgers-Newark’s 4-1 win over Farmingdale State at the TCNJ Men’s Soccer Classic over the weekend. He scored the game’s first goal in the 18th minute and then added an insurance goal to give the Scarlet Raiders a 3-1 lead just 30 seconds into the second quarter. Catania assisted on the last goal of the game in the 81st minute. He currently sits second in the NJAC with five points.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ENIR RADONCIC • Montclair State University
Year Two • Return • Aberdeen, NJ/Matawan

Radoncic earns NJAC’s first Defensive Player of the Week honor after being instrumental in the Red Hawks’ 1-0-2 week, anchoring a backline that gave up just one goal in 270 minutes. The defenseman was named Turk Emelji Classic Most Valuable Player as he scored the lone goal in the Red Hawks’ 1-0 afternoon win over Oswego State. He headed in Chris Fontanazza’s corner in the 10th minute for the game’s only scorer. Radoncic and the Red Hawk defense limited their opponents to eight combined shots on goal in that three-game stretch.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
SEKOU SOUMAHORO • Kean University
Freshman • Forward • Newark, NJ/West Side

Soumahoro is named the first NJAC Rookie of the Week of the 2022 season after leading Kean to a victory over Brooklyn College. In his college debut, Soumahoro scored a hat trick, scoring three goals on five shots. He scored three straight goals in under six minutes in the first half, finding the back of the net in the 33rd, 34th and 39th minutes to push Kean ahead 5-0 in the eventual 7-0 victory. He currently leads the NJAC with six points.

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