Monday, October 26, 2009

CAA weekly honors for Ciliotta, Partridge, Petta and Rebello

Four members of the men's and women's soccer teams received CAA weekly honors on Monday after an incredible week for the entire soccer program. The men's team took two huge victories with a 4-0 win over Drexel and a 3-0 victory over Old Dominion. Not to be outdone, the women's team notched a 2-1 win over a talented James Madison squad and a 3-1 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. Men's keeper Scott Partridge and women's forward Liza Rebello took home CAA Player of the Week honors while two freshman, Devin Petta and Andre Ciliotta, took home Rookie of the Week accolades.

Partridge, who was CAA Co-Player of the Week last week, posted three saves against Drexel and then posted two more as the team shutout Old Dominion. He is now working on a four game shutout streak that matches the team's four-straight wins. With his minuscule .47 GAA, Partridge leads the CAA. He has shutout six of seven conference opponents he has faced and has been an integral part of a Northeastern defense that has allowed just three goals since conference play began. The Whitinsville, Mass. native is working on an improbable season that saw him earn a full-time starting role just one month ago. He already holds the single-season GAA record for NU, posting a .78 GAA in 2008.

Rebello had five points over the weekend, scoring the first goal in Northeastern's 2-1 win over James Madison, and recording an assist and the game-winning goal against VCU. Rebello is second on the team in points and goals, with a 7-3-17 scoring line. Rebello's three points on Sunday boosted her career total to 56 (24-8-56), making her the second all-time leading scorer in Northeastern women's soccer history. She also has nine career game-winning goals, the most of any player in program history.

Petta broke through the record books this weekend. In the crucial game against JMU, Petta scored the game-winner in the 71st minute, and on Sunday she scored the first goal in the 3-1 win over Virginia Commonwealth. The four points moved her total up to 32, shattering the single-season scoring record of 30 that Keri Irwin had set in the women's program's inaugural 1996 season. Petta's six game-winning goals this season also set a new Northeastern single-season record, as well as lead the CAA this season. She also leads the CAA in goals (13) and points (32), and it is the third time this season she has been named Rookie of the Week. On top of it all, her 13-6-32 scoring line is second in the nation among freshmen.

Ciliotta earns his first conference honor after posting five points in last week's action. Against Drexel last Wednesday, he scored his third goal of the season to help secure a victory over the Dragons. Later in that game he assisted Mike Kennedy's tally late in the second half. In a crucial Huskies victory over Old Dominion last Saturday, Ciliotta assisted both Don Anding's game winner and the team's second goal scored by Matt Laning. The final assist earned the freshman his team-leading 12th point on the season. Ciliotta ranks second in the CAA in assists with six helpers on the year.

The action continues this week as the men's team faces Delaware on Wednesday and William and Mary on Saturday, both on the road. The women's squad wraps up the regular season in a crucial title bout against Hofstra on Saturday. Hofstra sits on top of the CAA standings, ahead of the Huskies by just two points. If Northeastern earns a win they will pass the Pride and become the regular season champions.

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