500 wins for Elizabethtown men's coach Skip Roderick
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|Skip Roderick, Elizabethtown men's coach, celebrates his milestone 500th victory with his staff and players.
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MADISON, N.J. – If the Elizabethtown College men's soccer team was under any pressure to deliver legendary head coach Arthur "Skip" Roderick his 500th career victory, they sure didn't show it. Shane Votto and Jeff Light scored goals in the opening 6:15 and the No. 18 Blue Jays continued their tear through the Landmark Conference with a 3-0 win at Drew Saturday.
The Blue Jays added another magical moment to a regular season that has been full of them. Roderick's 500th win puts him in elite company. He's only the seventh men's soccer coach in NCAA Division III history and 12th across all NCAA divisions to reach the mark.
Under Roderick '74, who is in his 33rd season at his alma mater, Elizabethtown won the 1989 National Championship, five NCAA regional titles, 10 conference championships and has been to the NCAA tournament 17 times. The 2015 Blue Jays would like to add to a few of those numbers, and with the way things have gone so far, there's no reason to believe this group can't do something special in November.
Already the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Championship, E-town (15-1-1, 7-0 Landmark) sent a stern message to the Rangers that they are, indeed, the team to beat.
Votto stepped into a pass from Scott Hess in the third minute and blew a shot past Drew (11-4-2, 3-3-1 Landmark) keeper John Marques for the early 1-nil lead.
One of Roderick's concerns all season has been secondary scoring, but junior Jeff Light has eased those with his torrid October run. Light found himself on center stage again Saturday, taking a pass over the top from Hess and putting it home at 6:50 to double the visitors' lead.
Light would also put the finishing touches on the victory, scoring in the 88th minute off a pass from Gilbert Waso. The Hershey native and Lower Dauphin product has accumulated 15 points on six goals and three assists this month, including a pair of multi-goal games.
At the other end of the field, senior goalkeeper Rodrigo Barrera continued to shine. The Brazilian has had strong peripheral numbers throughout his career as a Blue Jay, but never with the wins to show for it. Barrera stopped six Ranger tries for his 15th win and seventh shutout of the season.
Barrera is sporting a .843 save percentage and 0.69 goals against average for the season.
Drew managed to hold a five-shot advantage over the Blue Jays, 19-14, but put just six on goal. The Rangers tripled the number of corner kicks of their guests, too, 9-3, but came up empty on the scoreboard. Their best opportunity came in the 78th minute when Cole Leckburg hit the crossbar and seconds later, Barrera stopped a rebound try from Bass Etta-Ashu.
Roderick is the second coach in DIII to win his 500th game this season, joining Michael Coven of Brandeis University, who accomplished the feat Sept. 12.
The Blue Jays get their midweek Landmark bye just in time to rest up for Senior Day. E-town hosts Scranton in the regular season finale next Saturday at 1 p.m.