PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It has been quite the couple of months for the soccer programs at Division III Rowan University down in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Both the men’s and women’s teams are winding down dominant regular seasons. Let’s start with the women who are 14-0-1 and ranked tenth in the latest national rankings from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
“It’s been great,” Rowan women’s head coach Scott Leacott tells KYW Newsradio. “They come out every day and work hard, it makes my job ten times easier. We’re just hoping to continue to roll this thing and just keep it going, making sure they are focused and spending the energy where they need to.”
Listen to the entire interview with Rowan women’s soccer coach Scott Leacott:
The women’s team is not only undefeated, but they have allowed a total of two goals. For the season. Both came in the same game, a 3-2 win over Montclair State on October 8th.
“We say, ‘Defense is hard work,'” Leacott says. “And we have all eleven players working extremely hard. We do a ton of stuff, transition-wise, offense to defense, defense to offense. We make sure all eleven players play quality, quality, hard defense. And it helps when you have a great goalkeeper and a great back four.”
That goalkeeper is sophomore Shelby Money. She has started 14 of Rowan’s 15 games. Her goals against average is an absurd 0.15.
The Rowan men’s team is 13-1-1 after hammering Brooklyn College on Monday, 12-0. They are also ranked tenth in the latest NSCAA rankings. When it comes to their success, head coach Scott Baker tells KYW Newsradio everyone has a part in it.
“It truly is a team effort,” Baker says. “I think our leadership and our captains, Vinny Ignatowicz, Tyler Logar and Will Sjaastad, are doing just an amazing job with their leadership. On the field, I wouldn’t be able to narrow it down to just a few guys because it’s truly taking everybody at this point.”
Listen to the entire interview with Rowan men’s soccer coach Scott Baker:
Baker talks about his squad’s style of play.
“Our #1 thing is that we want to be able to keep the ball,” he says. “Depending on who we’re playing, it sometimes looks like a possession game and sometimes in some of the NJAC games it doesn’t, it turns into just a war and very physical. I think one of the things that’s helping us is we’re able to balance that, I think we can keep the ball, and we’ve played teams out of conference that we were able to do that and then we’ve also played teams in the NJAC and matched their physicality.”
Both teams will return to the pitch on Saturday, both playing Ramapo. The men will be home while the women will be on the road.