New Providence Athlete of the Week: Lisa Caprara

Girls' soccer senior Lisa Caprara has been named the first Athlete of the Week for the 2014-15 school year.  Credits: Alli Lamhing

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Not a single New Providence varsity athlete has dominated their respective sport more than girls’ varsity soccer star Lisa Caprara.

The senior midfielder-turned-attacker has scored nine of the Pioneers’ 16 goals thus far this season, four-times the amount of the team’s second leading scorer.

Because of her on-field success, which has led New Providence to an undefeated 5-0 start, TAP into New Providence is pleased to award Lisa Caprara with its’ first Athlete of the Week for the 2014 Fall season.

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“I think she puts herself in the right positions,” girls’ soccer head coach Scott Murphy said of Caprara. “We have girls who are very unselfish and very knowledgable of where to put the ball. With her, she gets the mindset of ‘I want to score.’”

She is more than halfway to her 2013 goal total, after leading New Providence with 15 goals last season.  So far this year, Caprara tallied a hat trick against Kearny and two goals against JP Stevens and Elizabeth.

The confident scorer believes with the way she has played so far this year, she should have twice the goal total that she does.

“I work hard every day,” Caprara said. “You’ll see more hat tricks in the future. I should have had six goals (in the game against Elizabeth).”

Caprara’s hard work has followed in her sister Gina’s footsteps. The older Caprara graduated from New Providence High School four years ago. She continued her soccer career at The College of New Jersey.

The younger siblings strong finish to her high school career has led multiple NCAA Division 1 programs to her doorstep, including the University of Hartford, where she has verbally committed to play.

“I’m excited,” Lisa said. “I like the whole campus. The coach [John Natale] coached the [2012] U.S. Women’s National Team. He has a gold medal [as the team’s Video Analysis Coach]. I love the coaching staff. There is one girl on the team I’m good friends with. She plays on the Portugal National Team. I’m excited to play with her my freshman year of college.”

Caprara’s undefeated senior season continues on Saturday when the Pioneers visit Oak Knoll for a 10 a.m. match.

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