Women’s soccer plays Rutgers-Newark as they aim in on first place in the NJAC

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As many were told back in the days of Spongebob, you do a loopty loop and pull and your shoes are looking cool. With secured cleats, the Rowan women’s soccer team experienced another tie on Saturday, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference heavyweight showdown against Montclair State University in double-overtime. 

Like they’ve done so many times, the Profs out-shot the Red Hawks, a feature that the brown and gold have been able to surpass opponents by over 200 this year. Unfortunately, none were able to find the back of the net, resulting in their fourth straight season where they’ve recorded at least one draw. As if more ties were needed, the end result of this match brought Rowan and Montclair both to have 13 points in the NJAC.

“We’re still undefeated,” said head coach Scott Leacott. “A tie is still part of the undefeated process, so we still control our own destiny, which is good. Not a lot of teams can say that. I think there’s two other teams in the conference that control their own destiny as far as number one seed. Our ultimate goal is to have the home field advantage throughout, but the philosophy is ‘you gotta take one game at a time.’ We can’t look ahead, we gotta focus on Rutgers Camden. Once Rutgers Camden’s done we’ll focus on the next opponent.” 

Leacott fully believes his team is playing stellar soccer, but hopes that they can play a little bit more consistent during their 90 minutes going forward.

“We’re just trying to get better each game and I think that we’re kind of hitting peaks and valleys right now with each game,” Leacott said. “I want us to try and put together 90 minutes of strong effort, but we have a tough week ahead of us with Rutgers Camden and Rutgers Newark, which are two very physical teams. We’re a little injured right now, we have quite a few kids sitting out for the next couple games. So our whole philosophy is ‘next one up, let’s make sure we’re ready.’ We’re prepared to step into some more time for some of these younger players.”

The team was able to record yet another shutout with a 4-0 victory against Rutgers- Camden. Junior forward Cathryn McCarry and senior forward Lauren Coletti scored two in the first half, with senior captain Melissa Kelly and senior midfielder/back Morgan Myers netting the other two for Rowan in the second half.

Rowan is 10-1-2 overall and are now in sole possession of second place in the NJAC after Montclair tied with William Paterson on Wednesday night. The team is also the fifth seed in the South Atlantic Region as of Wednesday night.

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