After losing to conference opponent Montclair State, Rowan looked to right the ship in New Jersey Athletic Conference play against Stockton University on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, the Profs lost their second consecutive game, falling to the Ospreys by the score of 1-0. The game marks the first time this season that Rowan has lost back-to-back games. It is also only the third time that the team has been shutout this season
“It’s frustrating. We need to shoot,” Rowan head coach Scott Baker said. “We have the time to shoot. We have to get the mindset to shoot the ball. It’s not just that we’re not getting a shot off, we’re not taking the shot.
With the seven goals against Rutgers-Newark excluded, the Profs have only scored four goals in four conference games.
“Whether we’re hitting a plateau or whatever it is it’s not working. We’re gonna do the same things we’ve been doing,” Baker said. “We’re going to work as hard as we can, we’re going to keep believing, and we’re going to push through.”
The lone goal of the game was scored by Stockton’s Steven Tobolski, who took the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and when two defenders converged on him, Tobolski put the shot by Rowan goalkeeper Kyle Dennis.
“There’s a lot of things you can take away from a loss and obviously we have a lot to work on,” Dennis said. “The offensive and defensive all around. We’ve got to start getting tighter and working against momentum.”
Dennis saw plenty of action in this one, facing seven shots in the first half. He kept the game close, but the offense couldn’t capitalize.
“I don’t even think we got the chances we should’ve been. We had a few that looked good and we had a few opportunities, but we just need to keep pushing,” junior captain Vinny Ignatowicz said. “We’re missing a few passes, or we’re going too soon, or we’re not going quickly enough. We’re just a little off right now, but it’s nothing to worry about.
Despite the lack of offensive success, the Dennis doesn’t put all the blame on them.
“It’s still my job to stop a goal and obviously I let one in,” Dennis said. “So as much as the offense didn’t do their job, I didn’t do my job in the back.”
The team now faces an uphill battle in NJAC play, sitting at 2-3 with only four conference games remaining.
“There’s definitely pressure, but at the same time I like the fact that our back is against the wall. I want to see what we’re made of and maybe this is going to wake us up,” Ignatowicz said. “We were killing it in the beginning, but right not we’re dropping games and we’re not playing our system. So maybe now we hit that next big burst and we start flying.”