The spring cannot come soon enough for the Manhattan Jaspers men’s soccer team. For those who did not follow the Jasper’s 2014 fall season, it was not one they would like to remember.
From Sept. 19 to Oct. 11, they were goalless in 587 straight minutes, a span of six games played. That was not their only problem. Their struggle to find the back of the net – no pun intended – also had them on a 13 game losing streak after starting the season 1-1.
Luke Greaves tying his shoes during practice. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.
The Manhattan Jaspers found themselves looking up at every other school in the MAAC after failing to win 12 straight games from early September to late October.
Next thing they knew, they were on the team bus taking a 14-hour round trip to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles in cold, freezing temperatures with a rain and snow mix falling.
Joe Hulme catching his breath during stoppage in play during practice last week preparing for the Jaspers’s second MAAC game against the Monmouth Hawks. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes.
As the season reaches its mid-point for the Manhattan Jaspers, the 10 freshmen Jaspers are no longer new to the team and fans.
Three of the freshmen who have been quite impressive early on are Joe Hulme, Jose Meza and Luke Greaves. Understandably so, Manhattan head coach Jorden Scott said all of the freshmen have been excellent.
“They’ve all came in and been really mature, which is really pleasing to me,” he said. “And for them you just hope they pick up enough that they can contribute. If they don’t pick up enough then it’s going to be a tough season for them.”
Tommy Amos, left, Alex Shackley, center, and Alex Coates McDowall, right, during player introductions before the first game of the year at Lehigh. Photo taken by Jonathan Reyes
At about the mid-point part of their season, the Manhattan Jaspers have been shutout in their last four games, a total of 402 minutes.
They need a goal and soon.
Before the Ivy League weekend at Yale and Harvard, the Manhattan Jaspers were on a 10-day “honeymoon period,” as Jaspers’ head coach Jorden Scott called it, from when they last played and lost to the Fordham Rams 3-1.
Alex Shackley (l.) chases down La Salle Explorer George Breslin. Photo taken by Kevin Fuhrmann.
A couple of positives junior captain Alex Shackley took away from the long break was being able to work on an attacking style of play to try to help turn their many goal chances into goal scores. Scott said his team needs to be more clinical in front of the goal, which includes being more selfish and direct at times.
The Jaspers’ honeymoon ended fast, as they struggled to score in the last three games, all to non-conference opponents.