GLASSBORO, NJ - The Rowan men’s soccer team will return to action in the Fall of 2021, after more than a year layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the opening game set for September 1 at Johns Hopkins.
For the 2021 season, the Profs return a strong group from the 2019 squad which was ranked 15th in the nation and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Among the leaders of the talented squad are forwards Jay Vandermark (12 goals) and Chad Yates (9 points), goalkeeper James Weinberg and defender Aaron Robertson.
The Profs will play in a pair of early-season tournaments, starting with the Drew University Fall Festival on September 5 and 6, as they will face SUNY New Paltz in the opener. After a road game at York (PA), Rowan will take part in the Haverford College Tournament, facing the host team on September 11 and Washington (MD) on September 12.
Rowan’s home opener, and the first game on campus since November 2, 2019, is set for September 15 when the Profs host SUNY Westbury.
“We have another strong schedule on tap for 2021. Our program looks to play the best teams in the country out-of-conference. The mix of a tough non-conference schedule and the challenge of the NJAC will prepare our team at a high level,” said head coach Scott Baker, who in six seasons as led Rowan to an 84-35-6 record.
The conference season gets underway on September 18 when Rowan travels to Ramapo. The Profs will then play three consecutive home games, starting on September 25 vs. Rutgers-Newark, followed by TCNJ on September 29 and NJCU on October 2.
League play continues with a road game at William Paterson on October 9, a home game with Stockton on October 13 and a visit to Kean on October 16.
Rowan will play its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, October 23 against Montclair State and will close out the regular season at Rutgers-Camden on October 27.
The NJAC Championship will begin on October 30 with first-round play, with the semifinals set for November 3 and the final to take place on November 6.