NATIONAL MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK GOES TO JMU'S SAPONG
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 1, 2010 -- James Madison men's soccer senior CJ Sapong (Manassas, Virginia/Forest Park) has been named College Soccer News national Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 31.
He was also honored as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.
Sapong scored three of the Dukes' four goals last week, including the game-winners in key CAA matches with Old Dominion and Drexel.
In a 2-0 win Oct. 27 at Old Dominion he scored both goals in a span of 38 seconds in the final four minutes of the game to lift the Dukes to the victory.
He then netted the game-winner in the 37th minute in a 2-0 home win over Drexel on Oct. 30.
With the wins JMU improved its record to 9-5-2 overall and kept its CAA tournament hopes alive by upping its league record to 4-4-1. The Dukes have two conference games remaining (Nov. 3 vs. Virginia Commonwealth and Nov. 6 vs. Hofstra), and currently only four points separate the number two through nine teams in the CAA standings. The top four teams in the final conference standings will qualify for the tournament, which will be hosted Nov. 12 and 14 by top-seeded William and Mary.
Sapong has increased his career totals to 37 goals and 94 points and has moved into to fifth place on JMU's all-time points list, passing Kurt Morsink (93 points, 2003-06). He remains in seventh place on the Dukes' career goals list but is just one goal away from fifth place. Fifth place is currently shared by Ricky Engelfried (1987-90) and Mike Brizendine (1995-98).