Hartford’s Pereira and Spremullo Sweep Women’s Soccer Weekly Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - University of Hartford senior Amelia Pereira and freshman Sidney Spremullo were named America East Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the week ending October 7, the conference office announce Monday. The pair helped Hartford become the first team in the conference to clinch a spot in the America East Championship that begins on October 25.
Pereira (Madeira Island, Portugal) led the Hawks to a perfect week with a 3-0 shutout of Maine and a 2-0 shutout at home against Albany, taking part in all five of the Hawks goals on the week. The senior striker finished with a goal and two assists in the weeks' opener in Orono, and then scored both of the Hawks tallies against the Great Danes on Sunday afternoon. Pereira has now been a factor in the teams' last six straight goals, scoring three and assisting on three others. At Maine, Pereira assisted Spremullo on her first collegiate goal and then provided a pass to classmate Caroline Dixon before proving a score of her own late in the 69th minute. She then scored both of the Hawks goals against Albany in a rematch of last season's America East semifinal match-up. Pereira's two goals against the Great Danes push her team and league leading tally to 12 goals, while adding six assists for 30 points.
Spremullo (Woodbury, Conn.), making her second and third starts of the season, finished her best individual week of the season with her first collegiate goal at Maine and assisting on one against Albany. The rookie opened the week with the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute at Maine off an assist from Pereira on Thursday, and then returned the favor providing a flick pass in the box to Pereira who directed the game-winner past Albany keeper Alana Brennan in the 18th minute. For the season, Spremullo has a goal and two assists, having played in all 14 games, starting in three.
Boston University won its 29th-straight America East game, 3-2, over Stony Brook on Sunday... Hartford's Pereira has six goals in conference play already with three more games to go. The all-time record for goals scored in conference play in a season is 12, set by Hartford's Maria Kun in 1997.
2012 America East Women's Soccer Weekly Award Winners
Aug. 20 - Player of the Week: Brea Hewitt (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Aley Leonardi (Stony Brook)
Aug. 27 - Player of the Week: Caitlin Pfeiffer (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Elise Galipo (Hartford)
Sept. 4 - Player of the Week: Amelia Pereira (Hartford); Rookie of the Week: Lauren Swant (Maine)
Sept. 10 - Player of the Week: Shayla Bergeron (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Kirstyn Corder (New Hampshire)
Sept. 17 - Player of the Week: Sa'sha Kershaw (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Lauen Swant (Maine)
Sept. 24 - Player of the Week: Ana Cuffia (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Kirstyn Corder (New Hampshire)
Oct. 1 - Player of the Week: Madison Clemens (Boston U.); Rookie of the Week: Kristen Baker (Stony Brook)
Oct. 8 - Player of the Week: Amelia Pereira (Hartford); Rookie of the Week: Sidney Spremullo (Hartford)