For the second time this season, a Division III men’s soccer coach eclipsed the magical 500-win mark.
This time the historic victory came from Elizabethtown College’s legendary head coach Arthur “Skip” Roderick. It happened Saturday during a 3-0 win over Drew for the Blue Jays. Roderick is only the seventh men’s soccer coach in NCAA Division III history and 12th across all NCAA divisions to reach 500 victories.
The Blue Jays got goals from Shane Votto and Jeff Light during the opening 6:15 of the Landmark Conference match.
Under Roderick, 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 clinched the Landmark Conference’s regular season title and are 16-1-1 overall and a perfect 8-0-0 in league play.
Roderick is the second coach in Division III men’s soccer to win his 500th game this season, joining Michael Coven of Brandeis University, who accomplished his historic victory on Sept. 12.
During the win over Drew, Votto got the scoring going on a pass from Scott Hess in the third minute. A little over three minutes later, Light took a pass over the top from Hess and put it home to double the lead.
Light would also put the finishing touches on the victory, scoring in the 88th minute off a pass from Gilbert Waso.
At the other end of the field, senior goalkeeper Rodrigo Barrera was solid again. The Brazilian 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.