One of the reasons why Towson struggled to average 7.9 goals per game last season was the team’s inability to force opposing goalkeepers to make saves. The offense scored just 102 times off 430 shots last spring, succeeding just 23. 7 percent of the time.
The Tigers may be putting that memory in the rearview mirror after scoring 12 goals on 27 shots in a two-goal win against Jacksonville in both teams’ season openers last Saturday. Converting 44.4 percent of the shots was a relief for coach Shawn Nadelen.
“I think what happened was our guys worked hard at getting good, high-percentage shots,” Nadelen said Monday. “We let the ball move within the offense, a lot of cutting. Seven out of our 12 goals were assisted. So our ball movement was strong. Our guys were working off-ball well, and we were taking good, opportunistic shots. We had a couple shots right on the doorstep, we had a couple shots from eight to 12 yards. So we were mixing up where we were taking our shots from, but we’re also making sure those were shots that were on-cage and challenging the goalie. I think a lot of the work we put into the fall and this preseason kind of showed within the output there.”