Just a tiny opening would break open the floodgates. Nashville Metros coach Rico Laise is almost desperate for it to happen.
The Metros lost both games on their two-game Premier Development League soccer homestand to Cary, N.C. over the weekend, dropping them to 2-10 and out of the playoff race. The No. 1 problem remains the drought of goals.
After a 1-0 loss Friday at Ezell Park, the Metros fell 3-1 Saturday at Siegel Park in Murfreesboro. They have scored but seven goals this season, better than only two squads in the 67-team PDL.
“I was really proud of them,’’ Laise said. “The effort was there, the subs played well, Kyle (Roelke) was solid in goal again. But we just can’t seem to break through,’’ said Laise after Friday’s game.
That loss marked the seventh time the Metros have been shut out this season, a franchise record.
“Once we get one (goal) to fall, we may get 4-5 in a game, a snowball effect.’’
In Friday’s game, Cary’s Phillip Wilson chipped in a short ball just over Roelke’s shoulder just 14 minutes in for the lone score. The Metros’ Fabricio Montalvan and defender Jason Bristol just missed tying goals in the second half.
On Saturday, the Metros, playing at Murfreesboro’s Siegel Park, used Bryan Lowder’s first goal of the season on an assist from Jason Bristol to take a 1-0 halftime lead. But the Railhawks scored three times in 10 minutes in the second half to snatch the lead away.
The Metros are lodged in seventh place in the Southeast Division, ahead of only the Palm Beach Pumas (1-11), a team the Metros scored their last win against (1-0) May 24. Palm Beach has been outscored 56-8.
Roelke has been one of the team’s few bright spots of the season, a beacon on a team starving for goals.
“It’s very disappointing,’’ said Roelke, a former Belmont University star and one of the league’s top goalkeepers. “We had plenty of chances, we’re having a hard time finishing.’’
“But you can see we’re playing better. We’re getting more chances,’’ said Roelke.
The Metros hope for some post 4th of July fireworks as they host Atlanta Saturday, then Carolina July 12 to close out the home season. They finish on the road July 18-19.