New women’s soccer team takes to the field this fall
The newest addition to the Spartan Athletics family has been making their mark on the pitch.
Led by Head Coach Scott Cullen, NCC’s first ever Women’s Soccer team kicked off their inaugural season earlier this month, defeating Bucks County 10 – 1 on Sept 6.
Coach Cullen himself is a seasoned soccer player, who came to Northampton in July from Chowan College in North Carolina. He was a Division II student-athlete ranking third in the country for saves per game at Chowan, and later served as the assistant coach for soccer programs at the same institution.
“I am honored and excited about building the women’s program with the great vision and guidance from Mr. Tucker (NCC’s Athletic Director) and Dr. Susan M. Salvador, (Vice President, Student Affairs),” he said.
“This is a great opportunity to build a successful program,” Cullen added.
The Athletics Department announced the addition of Women’s Soccer in July of this year, just over a month before the first game. The tight timescale meant finding players for the team wasn’t easy.
“Recruiting the team was a problem, but we are already looking forward to 2015. We want to bring in a large group of freshmen from surrounding Lehigh Valley high schools so we can build from this year into the next,” Coach Cullen said.
But those that did make this year’s roster are aware that they have become a part of Northampton sports history.
“Being a part of the team is a lot of fun, and because we’re the first we are creating the image for women’s soccer at Northampton”, said Alexa Korinchak, General Studies major and the team’s goalie.
Sarah Davis, mid fielder and Psychology major agreed, saying “[As the first team] we’re setting the standard, and now we have a chance to beat the boys!”
NCC has had a Men’s Soccer team since the early ‘70s, but there doesn’t seem to be any rivalry between the girls and the guys.
“The guys are very supportive of the girls; they’re always asking how they’re doing. Team unity is a great quality to have,” Coach Cullen said.
The girls meet for practice twice a week for two hours, and have six games left to play this season as of Sept 21. That’s in between classes, of course.
“As a Coach I believe academics comes first, and athletics second. Soccer is my passion and it’s a great way for the girls to learn a discipline, and it has opened up their chances for scholarships.”
Lindsay Haffner, Liberal Arts major, is one NCC student supporting the ladies.
“It’s exciting. Soccer in itself is widely known as a multi-gender sport, and it’s great to see my school recognizing that,” she said.
The new program follows the Athletics department adding Men’s Lacrosse in the spring of this year.
Tony Pellicciotti, a Business Admin major and lacrosse mid fielder, said
“The new women’s team is great, lacrosse is a new sport too and I think it’s really cool that NCC keeps providing new sport offerings.”
The next home game for the girls is against Middlesex County College on Sept 27. Anyone interested in being recruited for the team next year can contact Coach Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See a previous article about the recently released mens lacrosse team at http://ncccommuter.org/mens-lacrosse-looks-to-make-a-statement-in-home-opener/