Santos, Sequeira Claim A-10 Weekly Soccer Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU senior Rafael Santos was named Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Monday, while teammate Mario Sequeira earned both the Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week honors this week. The awards are for games played from Oct. 23-29.
Santos, a senior midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had a hand in all the VCU Rams goals this week, scoring three and assisting two in a 2-0 week for the VCU Rams. He scored twice and added an assist in VCU’s 3-0 win at No. 9 Maryland. Santos started the comeback win for the Rams on Saturday by scoring a goal and assisting the game-winner from Francesco Amorosino within minutes of each other to down the Rhode Island Rams 2-1 at Sports Backers Stadium.
Sequeira did his part and more in the Rams 2-0 week, as he shutout No. 9 Maryland. The freshman goalkeeper from San Jose, Costa Rica, made three saves, all of which were big plays in the game to keep it scoreless. He also helped the Rams to a victory over Rhode Island on Saturday, earning the Rams their fourth straight win and ninth in their last 10 games. Sequiera sits atop the league in all goalkeeper categories.