CHATHAM, NJ - It hardly matters that the scoreboard at Haas Field is currently out of commission. The Chatham girls soccer team hasn't been able to light it up much recently.
Dating back to the second half of its Sept. 7 tie with Mendham, Chatham has gone more than 200 consecutive minutes without scoring a goal over its last three games. Roxbury became the second straight team to blank Chatham, 2-0, on Saturday at Haas.
"I think it's a little bit about confidence in front of goal," Chatham coach Gary Adair said. "It's nothing that we can't fix. We addressed it after the game.
"Ultimately, we're playing in a very, very competitive conference this year and I think if you were to look at it, there are six teams in our conference and we're probably the sixth-best team. Every game is going to be a battle. In order to win, we have to take advantage of our chances. We had better chances than the other team today, but we haven't been able to convert them. That's what kills us."
Meredith Enslow crosses the ball into the box and Caroline Crouse's shot is just wide for Chatham in the second half
Grace Van Sciver's free kick for Chatham from the top of the 18 forced the Roxbury goalie to deflect it over the crossbar
One way Roxbury managed to contain Chatham's offense was to give striker Audrey Van Wie her own personal defender, who followed the Lady Cougar freshman wherever she went on the field.
"They recognize that she's a good player," Adair said. "They had a player deep in the midfield who was able to pick her up. She got away from her a couple times, it's just that we missed our chances at key times and they were able to take advantage of their opportunities.
"We have to look at it again and start to build everyone's confidence up and get rolling. Again, there are no easy games this season. We have to take our chances and hopefully get a little bit of luck. Hopefully, we can win at Par Hills on Tuesday and that will give us a little confidence for next week."