Hoggard standout Cruz lands CAA conference award

PHOTO: Joe Browning/UNCW Sports

RICHMOND, Virginia – UNCW freshman forward Cesar Cruzhas been named as a co-recipient of the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Rookie-of-the-Week award for the week ending Sept. 2.

The Wilmington, N.C., product, who shared the award with Drexel freshman forward Chris Donovan, scored the first goal of his career in UNCW’s 4-0 victory over Jacksonville on Thursday night. Cruz gave the No. 13 Seahawks a 3-0 advantage in the 58th minute when he scored off a pass from junior Phillip Goodrum.

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Cruz and the Seahawks (3-0-0) visit Longwood on Monday evening before hosting the UNCW SpringHill Suites Classic this weekend. The Seahawks will welcome Charleston, Fairfield and UNC Asheville to the UNCW Soccer Stadium for the two-day event.