The Rowan men’s soccer team has been scoring early and often this season, but that trend came to halt last night as the Profs fell to New Jersey Athletic Conference foe Rutgers-Camden last night by the score of 1-0.
The rain was falling and the shots were constant, but the Profs couldn’t find the back of the net.
“I thought we played alright. We got caught up in the emotion a little bit, but in terms of where we move here, I don’t think we adjust anything I thought we played fine,” junior midfielder and captain Vinny Ignatowicz said. “I think we just didn’t score our chance. We just keep pushing forward from here.”
After playing a scoreless half, a first for Rowan since September 9, things started to pick up.
“We had a good first half and needed a great second half to win the game,” head coach Scott Baker said. “Unfortunately we played good in the second half. You come out and play a team like this on the road and playing good isn’t good enough.”
Rutgers-Camden broke the draw at the 72:34 when Clayton Taylor finished a cross past the outstretched arm of Rowan goalkeeper Kyle Dennis.
There was a late push by Rowan in the final minutes, but when a header by Ignatowicz went over the bar with less than a minute left, the Profs’ hopes were dashed.
“We got more direct just because of the time, but I think if anything we picked up intensity once we got down a goal and just started going and playing more attacking,” senior midfielder and captain Shane Kohler said.
Despite the loss, Rowan is still outscoring their opponents by the wide margin of 35-11.
“It’s a long season and we want to be at our best at the end of the season. We’re not there yet and we know that. We’re fighting for wins and this is a great team,” Baker said. “The idea of being an undefeated team and going all the way through, I don’t know that there’s too many teams like that in the country, I don’t think we’re there, I don’t think that that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking to put a winning effort in every game and I think we did that today. I think we lost to a good team.”
Rowan, now 8-2 and 1-1 in the conference, will stay on the road this weekend as they take on Ramapo, 5-4-2 and 0-2-1 in conference, and try to get back to their winning ways.