WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
The reigning NEC Champions have had a rough go of it here in the early stages of the 2014 season. They are currently on a three game losing streak and will look to finally pick up a win tomorrow afternoon against the University of Vermont.
It has been a slow start for the St. Francis Terriers’ men’s soccer team, as they have dropped each of their first three games to open up the year. In those three games they have only scored one goal, their offense has yet to click and that continues to be their main problem. It’s tough to win when you’re not scoring and the Terriers are finding that out first hand.
Last time out the Terriers squared off with UMass Lowell in the first game of the Morgan Stanley Windjammer Classic. The Terriers would jump ahead early with a score from junior forward John Makaya, which also marked the team’s first goal of the season. That would prove to be the Terriers one and only goal, as they were outscored 3-0 the rest of the game.
The Terriers dropped to (0-3) with the loss to UMass Lowell and their offensive futility was on full display once again. It would be one thing if they were not getting any chances to score, but this team has had their fair share of opportunities.
In their defeat to UMass Lowell, the Terriers were able to get six shots on goal but were only able to convert once. The chances have been there now it is just a matter of executing and finally putting the ball in the back of the net. It is very early in the season and there is plenty of time to get going, but it would be a confidence boaster for this team if they can snap this losing streak.
Tomorrow the Terriers will take on the University of Vermont who come into the game with a record of (3-0). This will be a great test for the Terriers and if they can prevail with a win it really could get them going in the right direction. It is not going to be easy though since Vermont is playing some high quality soccer at the moment. This matchup is set to take place at 1:30 PM and will be the final game for the Terriers in the Morgan Stanley Windjammer Classic.