With Friday being the last day of school for so many high school athletes and their summer that isn’t endless starting, they will be faced with the basic choice of how hard do they want to work at their sport over the next two months.
Perhaps they might want to use Shelby Money as a model.
Money is showing what it takes to get to the next level even when you're at a high-level.
The Rowan University women’s soccer goalie was selected this past season by the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) as the Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Vineland High School graduate was also chosen by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro Defensive Player of the Year.
Money earned both these honors after her sophomore year, so she has two years of college competition remaining.
And that is why Money would serve as an excellent model for student athletes – high school and college – this summer: Although she is already the best in her league, Money is still trying to cash in on her potential.
“Mainly I just want to work to get better,” Money simply said.
Money’s game plan to improve isn’t over-the-top complex either. When asked what part of her game she wants to focus on, the 5-foot-5 Money said. “I'm not the tallest goaltender in the world, so I want to work on my jumping.”
Money has already helped the Profs win the NJAC championship the last two seasons. Still, Money isn’t just working on improving her game from the physical part, but she is majoring at Rowan in a field that helps her at becoming the best she can now, too.
‘I want to be a strength and conditioning coach,” said Money, who is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance in Clinical Settings degree, which prepares students interested in careers related to the field of Exercise Science. “Having this as a major will help me to become the best I can become and to improve as a goalkeeper.”
Money already has a head start on making a living as a peak performance coach. She is the technical goalkeeper coach at The Keepers Institute (TKI) in Sewell.
Money was the first student of TKI and was trained by owner Jillian Loyden for the last four years.
Loyden, who founded TKI in 2013 at the end of her professional playing career, played goalie at the highest level with the U.S. Women’s National Team. The Vineland graduate also played with Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) after starting four years at Villanova University.
“Just working with her helps me a lot,” Money said. “And she also just helps me become a better person and that's important to me.”
Loyden is also the goalkeeper coach for Sky Blue FC and works with the youth U.S. National Teams as a goalkeeper coach.
“We teach athletes how to be better goalies but also things that I thought important like how to be a better teammate and how to be a better leader on and off the field,” Money said.
Growing up in Vineland, Money used to watch Loyden play.
At Villanova, Loyden earned Big East Goalkeeper of the Year honors three consecutive seasons as well as NSCAA First-Team All-America her senior year.
Loyden also played professionally in the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) for the MagicJack, Chicago Red Stars and St. Louis Athletica.
“It is a goal of mine to play pro soccer,” Money said.
Loyden also played a season in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners where she was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
“She knows that is something I really want to do and when the time comes she will help me with that,” Money said.
Money certainly is padding her credentials on the field. As a sophomore, she didn’t allow a goal in the first 11 games in posting a 15-2-2 record and an 88.1 save percentage. She collected 12 shutouts and 0.44 goals against average.
In the NJAC title game, she made eight saves in a 1-0 win at The College of New Jersey.
As a freshman, she went 10-1-1 with seven shutouts. She had an 88.9 save percentage and 0.49 goals against average. She had six saves in the 2-1 overtime win versus TCNJ.
And even though Money has a game plan to improve this summer, she hasn’t left out a vital ingredient. The former two-year captain of Vineland plans to enjoy herself, too, this summer.
“Even working at The Keepers Institute we have fun days, like we will go to the beach,” Money said. “We still have fun while we are training.”