VIRGINIA LOTTERY STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: SIAD HAJI

Junior midfielder Siad Haji was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals against Temple and Santa Clara. He led VCU to a 2-0 clean sweep of the weekend. 

Haji also earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer's Men's Team of the Week honors, as well. 

Haji's converted penalty kick was the Rams' lone goal scored on Friday against Temple and helped spur the shutout victory.  

On Sunday against Santa Clara, Haji scored off a rebound in the seventh minute of overtime to send the Rams home a winner. Haji leads the Rams in goals (2), points (5) and shots (10) this season.

GETTING TO KNOW HAJI:

Major: Sociology

 On plans after college:

"My plan after college is to hopeful play for a professional soccer team and help my family."

On sport he'd play professionally other than soccer:

"If I could play a professional sport other than soccer it would be basketball. I may be short but I got game."

 On favorite movie:

"Journey to the Mysterious Island."

On having dinner with one celebrity:

"It would definitely have to be LeBron James. I look up to him and he is powerful role model. Building a school in Akron is something I'd like to do someday back home in Kenya."

On rather being able to visit the past or the future:

"I would want to visit the future to see how things will be in life and how far I've come and I want to see all I've accomplished."

 On favorite sports teams:

"Barcelona because I love their play style. They keep the ball on the ground, they are very creative with the ball, and they win."

On having one superpower:

"It would be to fly so that I can fly place to place whenever I want."

On favorite sports memory:

"My favorite sports memory was when I scored my first high school goal and my father was watching in the stands."

On singing a song word for word for a million dollars:

"If I could win one million dollars to sing a song without messing up a single lyric, it would be Fireman by Lil' Wayne."

 On hidden talent:

"One of my hidden talents is that I can paint."

 On surviving on an island and only bringing two people:

"I'd definitely bring my girlfriend Hamida and my best friend and little brother Muftah."