VIRGINIA LOTTERY STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: MARIO SEQUEIRA

RICHMOND, Va. – Sophomore goalkeeper Mario Sequeira was named the Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week after recording seven saves and two clean sheets in victories over UMass (2-0) and Duquesne (2-0).

Sequeira also earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week award, announced by the league on Monday.

In the match against UMass last Wednesday, Siad Haji put the Rams on top 1-0 but quickly after, a penalty kick was awarded to the Minutemen. However, Sequeira made the heroic save to keep the Rams lead. That save made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays at No. 3.

Sequeira's three saves in the 2-0 victory over Duquesne marked the seventh clean sheet of the season for VCU. The Rams have registered a clean sheet in every victory this season.

GETTING TO KNOW SEQUEIRA:

On Major:

"Mass Communication and I just entered the petition to concentrate on media/print journalism."

On plans after college:

"I really look forward to playing soccer as a professional. Definitely, I would like to sign an MLS or USL contract or give it a try somewhere else, maybe in Europe or Costa Rica again. I will probably keep studying and take some design courses later on."

On favorite sports memory:

"I have many favorite sports memories. To mention a few, I would say winning a National Championship in Costa Rica with Saprissa, going to the Under 20 World Cup with Costa Rica's National Team and being recruited by VCU."

On playing a professional sport other than soccer:

"Either Tennis or Volleyball."

On favorite movie:

"Literally any of the Marvel Franchise and the Lion King."

On being able to visit the past of the future:

"Future, I would like to see what I have to do to really achieve my goals and dreams."

On having one superpower:

"To teleport or to fly. Something that could help me move to Costa Rica any time."

On hidden talent:

"I can assemble jigsaw puzzles really quick (same with LEGO's). Some people have told me that I sing kind of decent."

On favorite food:

"Sushi and seafood in general."

On favorite hobby outside of soccer:

"Build LEGO's. I have a room full of them in Costa Rica."

On having dinner with one person, dead or alive:

"Ole Kirk Christiansen (Founder of LEGO)."

On role model:

"My parents." 

On favorite sport teams and favorite athletes:

"My favorite athletes are Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas, Lionel Messi, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. My favorite sport teams are A.C. Milan and Deportivo Saprissa."

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