Rowan posted back to back shutouts in blowout victories at the Gilmore Alumni Classic this past weekend in Glassboro, NJ.
The Profs opened up the weekend against Moravian College.
Sophomore forward Jake Conners opened the scoring in the 2nd minute off of a Shane Doherty cross. Conners would add another tally in the 24th minute, hitting a shot off of the post and into the back of the net.
“It’s a big help especially in the beginning of the season,” Conners said. “You just want to get your goals off and running.”
Junior midfielder and captain Vinny Ignatowicz finished off another ball from Doherty after a scramble in the box in the 16 minute.
The last goal of the night for the Profs came on a break away with four seconds in left in the half from freshman midfielder Blake Czajkowski.
“We did what we needed to early,” head coach Scott Baker said “It’s good to see us have that success as far as scoring goals. To play well and get those early goals, it helps a lot.”
The second game of the weekend came against Wesley College, but the result was no different.
Rowan opened up the scoring early again, this time from senior midfielder and captain Shane Kohler off of a corner kick at the 8:42 mark.
“Shane Patterson put in a good ball,” Kohler said. “I just beat my guy on the inside and I flicked it on with the back of my head and it found its way to the back post.”
The Profs didn’t find the back of the net again until Shane Patterson put back a rebound given up by Wesley goalkeeper Ryan Sanders in the 22nd minute.
Ignatowicz added to his impressive weekend by heading in a goal off of an Enzo Scala corner kick at the 29:00 minute mark.
“It’s super important to capitalize on set pieces,” Baker said. “It can make a major difference in a team.”
The Profs went into halftime up 3-0.
The break didn’t slow Rowan down at all, as freshman forward Derick Carpio netted two goals in the second half, at the 73:06 and the 79:01 mark respectively.
“It’s teaching us a bunch of different things,” Baker said. “We’ve had a good first half and then a quiet second half, we’ve had a quiet first half and a good second half, so it was good to see us get goals in both halves and to pull that off.”
Rowan takes to the road on Saturday to take on No. 3 ranked Messiah College after defeating their two opponents by a combined total of 9-0.
“It was really important for our confidence. We’re still a young team and we’re building our confidence,” Baker said. “Once this team realizes what they can do we’re going to make a lot of good things happen.”