On Saturday September 10, 2011 the 11th Annual Cialella Classic kicks off at Rutgers Camden for the 2011 men’s soccer team. Rutgers-Camden starts the tournament with Hunter College at 4:30pm. The boys look to win the tournament and start the season with a winning record heading into their conference schedule where the boys were ranked seventh in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Right Back, Pat Kelly said “being ranked seventh in our conference was a spit in the face to our team, and were out to prove our doubters wrong.” When the squad takes the pitch on Saturday they look to make a statement by winning not only the first game but the entire tournament. The Cialella Classic is a great way to start the season off and get more acquainted with each other before entering the always competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference.
Last year the boys went 1-0-1 in the two-day tournament playing against the top D3 schools in the country. The boys defeated Franklin & Marshall College 1 – 0 and tied the nation’s sixth ranked team Johns Hopkins University 1 – 1. Rutgers looks to remain successful in the Cialella Soccer Classic and post another winning record in this weekend’s tournament when they host Hunter College and North Carolina Wesleyan. Both teams are respected in their conference and would be two great wins for Rutgers Camden soccer.
The boys are optimistic about this year’s team and feel like two wins in this weekend’s tournament would help propel them into a championship caliber year. For a team ranked 7th in their conference they have very high expectations for themselves but looking back at where the boys finished the season last year some may say they deserve to be more respected in their conference. After having a combined record of 13 wins, 8 losses, and 2 ties the boys went onto the ECAC playoffs and won the tournament beating Drew University 2 – 1 and finish the season 13 – 8 – 2. Expect big things not only in this weekend’s tournament but all year long from senior team captains Tim VanLiew and Chris Edelschein as they look to lead their team to a championship at years end. The two captains bring experience and leadership to a young Rutgers Camden soccer team, experience and leadership will most definitely be needed this season if the team is a serious contender for the NJAC championship.
As we have seen before the more experience and leadership a team has most times the team will go further into their season, and that’s what Rutgers hopes to do this year. The team has changed from last year but the goal remains the same year in and year out and that is to win the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship, anything short of winning the NJAC championship will certainly be a disappointing season in the eyes of the Rutgers Camden soccer players and their fans.
The Cialella Soccer Classic is going to be a great way for the student body at Rutgers Camden to get their first look at this year’s team, and for the soccer team to prove to the fans they are better than a seventh-place team in the NJAC. If all goes well Rutgers Camden could potentially have a record of 4 wins and 1 loss going into the NJAC regular season. They would be off to a hot start with heavy momentum on their side and