NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College men's soccer team has earned numerous national accolades for its unprecedented 11-1 start to the season. The Gaels moved up to No. 16 on the NSCAA National Poll and are No. 25 on the Soccer America Poll, the first time in program history it has appeared on the list.
The Gaels were also featured on SoccerAmerica.com's site Tuesday morning as a "New York Force", highlighting the team's successes against area rivals Adelphi, Hofstra and Rutgers along with its lone blemish to Big East powerhouse St. John's.
Individually, two performers are among the nation's leaders in assists. Sophomore Franklin Castellanos' three assists this weekend powered him to the top of the NCAA leader board this week. With 10 on the season he is three ahead of the 13-way tie for second place, a list that includes MAAC opponent Niagara's Carl Haworth. Sophomore Samuel Adjei has six assists on the season, one behind the No. 2 competitors.
Junior Ansger Otto scored twice this weekend including a game winner in overtime vs. Niagara on Friday and now leads the team with five goals. Adjei and rookie Ignacio Maganto have netted four a piece while Castellanos and junior Alvaro Torrecilla have found the back of the net three times in 12 contests thus far.
Freshman keeper Borja Barbero has been a rock between the pipes for Iona, posting three shutouts while factoring in all 12 decisions this season. He holds a 1.13 goals against average and .745 save percentage.
The Gaels stand in first place all alone through four MAAC contests with a 4-0 conference mark. Iona travels to Marist (Oct. 14) and Siena (Oct. 16) this weekend.