FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The idea that no man is an island rang especially true for those inside the Revolution locker room following Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Dynamo.
Although the spotlight may have cruelly cast itself on goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth after he was victimized not once, but twice, on long-range blasts from Adam Moffat, a pair of Revolution defenders refused to let their goalkeeper take the heat alone.
In the moments that led to Moffat’s first goal, in the 49th minute, Andrew Farrell had a Cam Weaver shot ricochet off his leg and land past the end line. Seconds later, Andrew Driver’s corner kick was headed outside of the box by Chad Barrett, but Moffat immediately volleyed it past a helpless Shuttleworth.
"I think some of that (sequence) we could have handled better, maybe not giving up that corner, so that's on me,” Farrell said after the game. “The two good shots that they had (went through). It's tough on Bobby because there isn't too much you can do on those goals."
To be fair, it was a strike that few goalkeepers could stop. But naturally, the television cameras honed in on Shuttleworth’s look of disbelief in the aftermath.
To his credit, Shuttleworth made an impressive save on a close-range Giles Barnes shot in the 59th minute to keep the Dynamo from inflicting more damage following Saer Sene’s 55th-minute goal.
But a half hour after Moffat beat Shuttleworth, the Dynamo midfielder made another long-range bid when he grabbed a pass from Ricardo Clark and let it rip from outside the area. This time, it hit the post, but the deflection found Shuttleworth’s back before landing in the net in the 80th minute.
While the attention went right back to Shuttleworth, left back Chris Tierney said he could have done more to stop Moffat from getting a look.
“I’ll take the blame there,” Tierney said after the game. “I went to close out and I thought I had my angles right and it nipped slightly off my shin and went by. Obviously, Bobby’s going to try to get it and that’s just bad luck that it hits off the post and goes in.”
No doubt it wasn’t Shuttleworth’s night on Saturday. Although he entered the game with a league-leading eight clean sheets, there was simply nothing he could do on Moffat’s rockets.
“I don’t think you are going to see two goals like that very often,” Shuttleworth said after the game. “That first one is probably most likely be up for goal of the year at the end of the season. Second one is coming off the post, hitting me in the back. That has never happened to me before. I think it is unlucky.”
Shuttleworth surely felt the hard stare of 14,357 pairs of eyes weighing on him in the wake of each Moffat goal. And he certainly felt it in the locker room when the media quickly circled around him for his thoughts.
But rest assured, he had a pair of teammates at the ready to help shoulder the burden.