Among the issues that caught the attention of Towson coach Shawn Nadelen while reviewing Saturday’s 9-7 loss to Colonial Athletic Association rival Hofstra, perhaps the most glaring was the offense’s shooting woes.
Of the 29 shots the team took, only 10 were on goal. That meant that Pride junior goalkeeper Chris Selva needed to make just three saves.
“Not putting the ball on goal is a big issue,” Nadelen said Thursday morning. “When you can generate shots, you need to put them on cage to give yourself a chance to score. That was the bigger issue. We score on 50 percent of the shots we put on cage. So I’d like to think that if we could put a few more on, that just goes in our favor. We didn’t do that, and we didn’t test their goalie enough. That’s something we’ve got to continue to work on, which we’ve done in practice.”
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The Tigers (7-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference) have scored on 50.5 percent (94-of-186) of the shots they have placed on the net. They have some long-range bombers in senior attackman Thomas DeNapoli and junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello, but Nadelen said the players appeared to be settling on shots from perimeter rather than trying to navigate the defense and move closer for higher percentage chances.
“I don’t know if we were dodging as much as we should have been,” he said. “We settled for some of that stuff from the perimeter that we normally wouldn’t settle on because we weren’t really being as aggressive in our dodges and trying to get to the interior of their defense. When we did get those perimeter shots, we sprayed a few and obviously didn’t put enough on the cage. I think it was a little bit of a Catch-22 where we didn’t dodge hard enough and move ball well enough to be able to attack from better positions and get a shot off. So we settled on more perimeter stuff, and that just puts more distance between us and the cage.”