The Rogers Rams didn’t walk away from their scoreless tie Thursday against the Graham Kapowsin Eagles satisfied.
Rogers (5-2-3 overall) unleashed a bevy of shots on goal in the second half but couldn’t get the ball into the net at Art Crate Field in Spanaway. The inability to score frustrated Rogers head coach Moe Orcutt.
“We dominated the second half and had about a 5-to-1 shot ratio on them, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t get it past their goalkeeper,” Orcutt said. “We knew they had a good keeper, and we probably wouldn’t be able to score with a distance shot. We had to create confusion in front of their goal, and we did that. We just didn’t put it in.”
Orcutt said his team is in fifth place in the SPSL South. The top four teams from each SPSL division will make the playoffs, and the fifth-place team will have to play in a pigtail game to qualify for the postseason.
“We were going for the win tonight, and it didn’t happen,” Orcutt said. “Sometimes you get a tie and feel good about it, but at this point of the season, we can’t be satisfied with a tie.
“We weren’t happy with the tie, but we played great in the second half,” he added. “We just keep working hard and keep getting better.”
The Rams defense behind goalie Carly Wilson has been stellar all season, but the offense has struggled to score. Rogers has just three goals in its past four games.
“We have yet to have a breakout game,” Orcutt said. “We’re playing solid but haven’t played our best game yet. We’re working on making that happen. We’ve got to help ourselves. It is really up to us.”
Orcutt said there is a lot of parity in the division, and that gives his team an advantage. It also gives the Rams an opportunity to make some noise in their final six games.
“We need the points in the standings, and need to start winning some games to get into that third- or fourth-place spot,” Orcutt said. “We haven’t caught a lot of breaks so far this year, and now we need to make our own breaks. We’re in fifth place right now and certainly are not out of it. We plan to be in the playoffs and are going to work to get there.”