LIMA - There were plenty of opportunities for the University of Northwestern Ohio men's soccer team to put the ball in the back of the net Saturday against the University of St. Francis, but the Racers couldn't put any of their 17 shots away in a 1-0 loss.
The Racers (1-2) won every pertinent statistical category, out-shooting the Cougars 17-10 and holding a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. But nothing could help them overcome a St. Francis goal by Jason Walcutt midway through the first half.
"It's tough, it stings," Oldham said. "The chances were there for us. We dominated the whole of the game just about. I know they had one or two chances, but other than that I don't remember them getting behind us, cutting us up. … We just have to find someone who is going to put the ball in the net for us on a consistent basis.
"I can't go in there and shout at the guys because they gave me everything today. I'm not mad at them, I'm not upset at their work ethic, everything is good. A couple of more goals on our side would have been good."
Malakai Field, who has scored one of the two goals for UNOH this season, had six shots and newcomer Gianni Manca had four chances in his first action with the Racers. Gabriel Falcon came off the bench and squared away on two shots, both on goal.
After going 0-2 in a road trip to Florida over Labor Day weekend, Oldham insinuated there would be some changes coming for the Racers. Against St. Francis, four players started for the first time, Dominic Riedel, Garrett Renner, Kyle Lewis and Manca. So far, only Per Nordenberg, Michael Allcock, Jesper Kӓllqvist and Field have started all four matches.
Despite the result showing on the scoreboard, Oldham wasn't unhappy with the results of the lineup changes.
"We had a great week of practice after the Florida trip and changed a few things around, and I tell you, the boys came in, Garrett came in, Gianni came in, Dominic Riedel came in … and the boys staked their claim. They want a spot," Oldham said. "The chance was there this week, they won their spot and they played well. It's good that the guys see what happens during the week matters."
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With a week until their next match, a home affair against Grace College at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oldham and the Racers head back to the practice field to figure out the cure to what ails them.
"Being comfortable in front of the goal is something people have and some people don't have; it's something of a God-given talent," Oldham said. "We've got a couple of guys who are comfortable in front of the goal, they're just not getting the break right now.
"I'm not worried, I'm not stressing, I'm not going home stressing because we don't have the pieces. We have the pieces, it's just about fitting the jigsaw together now."