The Shepherd University men’s soccer team concluded their 2014 regular season with seven straight losses and as a result, they will not advance to the Mountain East Conference tournament as they sit seventh out of eight teams in the MEC standings. The Rams struggled on both sides of the ball for most of the season and they finish with a 6-11-1 overall record and a 3-9-0 record against conference opponents.
During the 2014 campaign, Shepherd managed to score only 14 goals and that ranks second worst among MEC teams. In the final seven games of the season, the Rams found the back of the net a mere two times. Furthermore, the team was scored on a total of 42 times in 2014 and that is by far the worst in the Mountain East.
In their second to last game of the season, Shepherd fell to Seton Hill in overtime by the score of 2-1. The Griffins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Curtis Gallagher scored on an assist from Trevor Martz at the 13:41 mark. They took that lead into the halftime break however in the 71st minute the Rams managed to respond and tie the match as freshman forward Nate Howard scored off a rebound of a free kick by freshman forward Jeff Kammerer.
The game remained tied at the end of regulation time however the proceeding overtime session did not last long as Joe Smith scored an unassisted game-winning goal at the 90:19 mark to lift Seton Hill to the win. Seton Hill had a 22-8 advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks in the contest.
The final regular season game for the men’s soccer team came on Oct. 30 against Goldey-Beacom College and the result was another loss for the Rams. The final score was 2-0 in favor of Goldey-Beacom. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead going into the halftime break when Luiz Ristow scored on an assist from Matus Silvestre at the 43:13 mark.
The Rams were unable to respond with a game-tying goal and in the final minutes of the match Goldey-Beacom added an insurance goal when Fernando Sanchez scored on a feed from Omar Hernandez. Shepherd managed to record only five shots in the entire game and only one of those was a shot on goal.