The Archers recent soccer match against St. Charles Community College ended with an intense and hard fought tie of 2-2. The team’s staple of quick and fiery attacks took them into two overtime periods. Casey Bartlett-Scott, sophomore, left-side defender, leads the men’s team as a co-captain.
Bartlett-Scott is one of nine players on scholarship from the United Kingdom. Soccer players in the United Kingdom have less opportunity to continue soccer after high school.
“Yeah, college soccer doesn’t really exist over in the UK,” said Head Coach Tim Mosby. “You either go professional or you just go home.”
Mosby says the guys are looking to get college educations and continue their soccer careers which is a perfect fit for Mosby’s program. Last year there were six English players and at the end of the year three of them went back to the United Kingdom. More English players came in this year to make it nine total. “This program has really raised all of us English boys, in soccer and in life,” said Bartlett-Scott. “Competition is fierce on this team. We have great African Americans, Hispanic Americans,... it’s not just us English guys.”
The Archers carry a 24-man roster with a record of 8-0-2. A third of the team came to STLCC from the United Kingdom. The starters are mostly English players including thegoalie, defenders, midfielders and the towering forward/midfielder, Adam Du Toit. The English players talk the talk, but they can walk the walk just as good. It’s a small sample size of how American soccer is gaining more and more awareness and becoming a greater international threat.
“That’s why we UK boys come over and are intrigued also, we want to see just how good is American soccer,” said Bartlett-Scott.
Bartlett-Scott plans to transfer to a four-year Division I university after this year and possibly keep playing after finishing a bachelors degree.
“I want to get signed to a professional team, here, the UK, anywhere,” said Bartlett-Scott. “I just want to play ball all the rest of my life.”
The team’s hard work is paying off well with a #16 NJCCA ranking and their recent Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) championship win against East Central College. To see the team’s upcoming schedule go to www.archersathletics.com.
By Rod Wilbon of The Forum