The roster for the Towson football team includes two kickers -- fifth-year senior Drew Evangelista and senior D.J. Soven -- and both have a place on the squad, according to coach Rob Ambrose.
“As it stands today, their roles are still the same,” he said Monday during a conference call. “They’re both contributing to our victories and contributing in big ways. It’s nice to be able to have both of those talents that you can count on again. D.J.’s got the stronger leg of the two, but Drew has been the picture of consistency in everything that we’ve asked him to do. So two guys have made a complete kicker for us, and they’ve filled their roles extremely well. I don’t see that role changing right now.”
Evangelista has made 1 of 3 field goals, but is a perfect 24-for-24 on extra points. Soven, who was the primary kicker last season, is 1 of 3 on extra points, but converted his only field goal this fall.
That field goal was a 51-yarder just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ eventual 35-21 victory over Stony Brook last Saturday night. The field goal topped Soven’s previous career long of 47 yards, but Ambrose said he had faith in Soven making the field goal against the Seawolves.
“I’m just going to say that there were things that transpired in conversation between D.J. Soven and myself last week -- along with how he practiced -- that I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to make that kick,” Ambrose said. “I’m going to tell you that I was probably one of the few people around here that had no doubt in my mind, but D.J.’s having fun again being the talented kicker that he could always be. And because he is doing that, he’s making us better. There was no question that when it was third down, I turned to the special teams coach [Joe Tricario] and I said, ‘Find me D.J.’ He looked at me and I said, ‘Find me D.J.’ And the rest is history 51 yards later.”