Scoring in Bunches Key to Hot Start for the Profs

There must be something in the water around Rowan University, or at least in whatever the men’s soccer team is drinking.

The Profs are on a tear lately, outscoring their opponents 16-2 on the way to a four game win streak.

They’ve also made a habit of getting early goals, having put one away in the 2nd minute against Moravian, and one at the 8:42 mark against Wesley College this past weekend at the Gilmore Alumni Classic.

“It’s good to see us have that success as far as scoring goals,” Head coach Scott Baker said. “Last year we played well in a lot of games and just couldn’t find the net so to play well and get those early goals helps a lot.”

Not only have the Profs been piling up goals, they’ve been keeping their opponents off the board as well.

In the last three games against College of Staten Island, Moravian College and Wesley College, the Profs along with starting goalkeeper Kyle Dennis, have blanked the opposition.

“The coaching staff has definitely been on me, they mentally prepare me before games, training sessions day in and day out,” Dennis, a freshman, said. “Honestly the coaching staff has been excellent here.”

While Dennis has been huge in that effort, senior Jon Robbins and freshman Grant Kelly have also contributed in relief.

“He’s incredible. We can’t say enough about Kyle Dennis,” Baker said. “We have three goalkeepers that are all pushing Kyle right now, as he’s the starter, but Grant Kelly, Jon Robbins and Kyle Dennis will all get these shutouts. It’s obviously a team effort. He’s playing super and the credit goes to him, but to all three as well.”

The team is relying on their younger players to make an impact this season, which was made evident when they had four freshmen and four sophomores in their starting lineup against Staten Island, Moravian and Wesley.

“We are a young team still,” senior captain Shane Kohler said. “A lot of sophomores, only a couple juniors, only a couple seniors and some freshmen are contributing too. It’s starting to finally click and hopefully it keeps going through.”

While the Profs are much younger than their competition, they have plenty of depth.

“Our second line changes from time to time and it’s not a second line where we actually feel like it’s a second team,” Baker said. “At some points it’s who goes in first and who comes in second.”

Rowan, now 5-1, will need to come out strong and get some more early goals this coming weekend in their game at No. 3 ranked Messiah College. The Profs have played the Falcons three previous times, in 1988, 2000 and 2014, but they have lost in each contest and have been outscored 7-1.

Kohler doesn’t seem to care however, and is accepting the challenge.

“We’re soaring on all cylinders, we’re all really confident,” Kohler said. “Definitely excited to get to play Messiah at their place.”


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