Zach Bowman ’12, a former Stevens men’s soccer standout, has signed a professional contract with the York Region Shooters of the Canadian Soccer League. Bowman has been on the team for the last two games and has started both matches, with York going undefeated in each.
Bowman helped lead the Ducks to the Sectional Final of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship as a senior. He was second on the team in assists with seven and finished the year with 15 points as a midfielder. Bowman was a key contributor to the program throughout his four years in Hoboken; as a freshman in 2008, he played in 19 games, scored three goals and helped Stevens reach the National Championship Game. He also received the men’s soccer coach’s award in 2010.
After graduating this spring with a degree in chemical engineering, Bowman went home to Maryland and played for the Northern Virginia Royals of the Premier Development League, a league that feeds into the MLS, CSL and the USL First and Second Divisions. While competing there this summer, Bowman signed with an agent who helped him connect with the York Region Shooters, a team in the Canadian Soccer League the Toronto suburbs that was in need of a forward.
The Shooters invited Bowman to train with the team for a week, and afterwards signed the former Duck to a midseason contract. The Shooters sit in third place in the 16-team league with about a month left in the regular season.
“Being on the team has been an awesome experience,” said Bowman. “Toronto is a beautiful city and it’s a little less hectic than what I’m used to back in the States.”
When asked about the life of a professional soccer player, Bowman responded: “It’s great to be around a group of guys who all have the same goal. I’m just trying to live the dream and play soccer as long as I can.”
Bowman and the rest of the Shooters will return to the pitch on Sunday, September 16 against SC Waterloo at 6:30 p.m. in Maple, Ontario.