By Liv Barry
Following three draws in their opening week, the Shoremen once again tied 1-1 in an away game against the Stockton University Ospreys on Sept. 9 at the G. Larry James Stadium in Galloway, NJ.
Over the course of the match, the Shoremen made seven shots, with three on-goal shots and three corner kicks; the Ospreys made 14 shots in total, including eight corner kicks and seven on-goal shots.
Despite the Shoremen and Ospreys both making two shots on goal, neither scored during the first half of the game. The opposing teams received five fouls each in the first 45 minutes of the match.
The Shoremen went on to receive five yellow cards during play, given to sophomore defender Ryan Sharpley, junior midfielder Katim Njie, sophomore forward Shepherd Koffie, junior defender Sebastien Linares and senior forward Zak Burgess.
“We started slow but grew into the game,” Head coach Roy Dunshee said. “We scored a beautiful goal. Zak Burgess played a peach of a pass to Harrison Malone who finished it smartly.”
After halftime, senior midfielder Harrison Malone scored a goal in minute 71, with an assist by senior forward Zak Burgess.
It seemed as if the Shoremen secured a win until minute 85, when the team gave up a penalty to the Ospreys. Sophomore forward Aiden Hoenisch sank a free kick, marking a tie.
“I thought we played well and dealt with some adversity in the match. It was very physical, and our guys coped with that quite well,” Dunshee said.
Moving forward, Dunshee wants to see the Shoremen score more goals against their opponents, as opposed to the defense-heavy approach the team has been taking in their opening weeks.
During the match, senior goalkeeper Anthony Pinto made six saves, compared to the two saves made by the Osprey’s freshman goalkeeper, Brady Bartletta.
“We need goals. We have defended well. So, we will continue to improve our attack and hopefully give the fans something to cheer for when we return home,” Dunshee said. “We appreciate the support we receive from our student body. We love seeing you at the games.”
Next week, the team will face off against the Dickinson Red Devils at the Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium for their first conference game of the season. In 2022, the Shoremen placed third in the Centennial Conference with a record of 5-1-3. The Red Devils placed fifth in the conference with a record of 3-1-5.
Photo caption: Junior midfielder Katim Njie pushes forward on the offensive.