September 13, 2010

Castro Named adidas/NEC Player of the Week

Complete NEC Release

SOMERSET, N.J. - Sophomore defender Marcello Castro was named the adidas/Northeast Conference Player of the Week for the week ending September 12.  Castro proved to be the spark for the Pioneers, who improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year with a par of 2-1 overtime wins last week. Despite a move from central midfield to the backline this season, the Panana, Brazil native still provided the necessary offensive punch with a pair of key tallies.

On Tuesday, Castro scored the equalizer against Siena in the 67th minute with a header off a free kick taken by Lusiano Dadario.  He tallied his third goal of the year on Saturday against an Adelphi team ranked second in the Northeast region and rated in the top-40 nationally.  With the contest scoreless in the 32nd minute, Castro launched a free kick that skipped under the wall and into the net.  Sacred Heart would go on to score the game-winner in the 96th minute.  Behind Castro, the Pioneers are off to their best-ever start as a Division I program and were ranked sixth in last week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Northeast region poll.