Towson trips up ODU, goes to 9-3
The Tigers (9-3, 3-0 CAA) completed a weekend sweep of two Colonial Athletic Association foes in the state of Virginia, knocking off William and Mary and Old Dominion 8-7 and 9-7, respectively.
“To have two wins on the road is a big deal,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “We’re happy to come home with these wins. And although we’re still trying to put a full 60 minutes together, we’re really happy to come out of this with two conference victories, and I’m happy to be in this position.”
Sunday in Norfolk against ODU, the two teams went back and forth in the first half. The opening 30 minutes had four ties and four lead changes.
But in the second stanza, the Tigers got two goals apiece from Andi Raymond and Taylor Moore to pull away for the victory.
Raymond scored four goals in the game and leads the team with 20 this season.
Moore, a freshman, tallied two goals against ODU and has four goals in her last two games.
“Andi stepped up today and was a great finisher for us and allowed us to pull out a victory,” LaMonica said.
Rhiannon Coogle, Kelly Custer and Olivia Turner also scored for the Tigers and have now won three in a row to open CAA play.
Towson scored on 47 percent of their shots against Old Dominion, peppering Monarchs’ goalie Sarah Geary with 19 shots in the game. Towson keeper Mary Teeters turned back six shots for the win. The Towson defense has given up less than 10 goals in each of their last three games, all victories, something LaMonica notes as being a key factor in winning.
“Mary [Teeters] just continues to come up with some key saves. She’s been a really strong backbone for us, and our defense continues to pull their weight. The defense just continues to be a solid backbone for our team, and we need that to be successful. It’s really all of our defenders, from Alexa Demski to Michelle Dufault to Shannon Kennedy and Katie Leech.”
They’ve all done great things for us in the defensive end, and our midfielders have been playing great defense, and we really don’t have any weaknesses in terms of personnel. Everyone’s doing a great job and that makes us a tough defense to play against.”
The Tigers were solid in the possession battles against the Monarchs, successfully clearing 13 of their 16 attempts and controlling 12 of the 19 draws in the contest. On Friday against William and Mary, Towson held off a furious rally to turn away the last place Tribe.
“Against William and Mary, we came out and had a terrific first half. We were just on fire with a lot of intensity, and the team really worked hard and together,” LaMonica said. “In the second half, we played a little bit more on our heels, particularly on offense, and allowed William and Mary to creep back into the game. But we managed to hold on.”
Sophomore Ashleigh Rohrback led the Tigers with four points, and Ashley Waldron had two goals for the winners. Raymond had three points as well. Towson had six different players tally at least one point.
“Ashleigh had a terrific game, especially in the first half, and she really stepped up and showed a lot of composure and it was great to see her bring that out in her game,” LaMonica said.
The Tigers are back in action Friday evening when Hofstra visits Unitas Stadium for a 7 p.m. faceoff.