It’s a hard sport in which to score. Still, one goal will win only so often in the United Soccer League.
For the fourth time in five games, the Rowdies scored only one goal Wednesday night, and the team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the home standing FC Cincinnati FC.
This time, Marcel Schaffer scored in the seventh minute for the Rowdies. Harrison Delbridge evened the game on a header in the 36th minute.
“We started off the game great with Marcel’s goal,” said Rowdies’ coach Stuart Campbell. “Despite not being able to get the three points, I think the draw is a positive result, especially against a tough team like Cincinnati. Now we have to turn the page and work on getting a win on Saturday at home.”
FCC almost scored in the 20th minute, but goalkeeper Matt Pickens made a nice save.
“I had a perfect angle with my left foot, so I decided to take a chance,” said Schafer. “Luckily it went as planned and I scored my first goal with the Rowdies. Despite the goal, I am disappointed we couldn’t get the three points, but I still think it’s a good result on the road.”
The Rowdies kept Djiby Falls, the USL’s leading scorer, without a point as Neill Collins and Damion Lowe did a nice job on him. Collins was named player of the match by USL.com.
With three games in a week, Rowdies’ coach Campbell didn’t play either Joe Cole (until the 80th minute) or Georgi Hristov (until the 65th).
“I felt that after our goal, we stopped playing the way we know how to play and that cost us,” Campbell said. “We defended well when they put the pressure on us, which is a positive takeaway.”
Tampa Bay had a chance after Cincinnati went down a man with 15 minutes to play, but they were unable to finish.
The Rowdies now return home to face Charleston Battery on Saturday, April 22.