Towson falls in overtime
The Tigers (1-2) dropped their second match of the season Saturday, losing 3-2 to the Albany Great Danes in overtime in New York.
Brandon Wilson headed a cross from Pomare Te Anau into the net at 4:35 into the overtime session for Albany, which would prove to be the game winner.
“When you get to overtime it’s very, very important that you take care of your defensive responsibilities,” Head Coach Frank Olszewski said.
The Great Danes jumped to an early lead just six minutes into the game, as Te Anau put one past Towson’s freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann, who was making his third straight start for the Tigers.
Shortly after 13:30 of the first half, preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection junior forward Olakunle ‘Kay’ Banjo scored his second goal of the season to tie the game at one.
The Tigers would take a 2-1 lead into halftime after co-captian Christian Höfer scored on a penalty kick in the 30th minute of the game.
Despite an aggressive approach to the game and out-shooting Albany 16-9, a season-high in shots for Towson, Albany would capitalize on its chances late in the game to complete the comeback.
Anthony Rozzano tied the game at 2-2 after Christoffer Nisser sent a through pass up the middle and creating a window for Rozzano to put one in the net.
Wilson then scored the game winner in overtime.
Olszewski said that one mistake could not account for the loss. Instead, a number of things could have happened that could have changed the outcome of the game.
“It’s never just one thing,” Olszewski said. “It’s usually an accumulation of a few things. It’s a matter of being there to pressure the guy who’s making the pass and challenging the guy who’s taking a shot.”
Despite the loss, Towson appears to be finding chemistry on offense, something that Olszewski said was key for the Tigers to make the Colonial Athletic Championships this season.
Four players had at least two shots and Banjo had a season-high six.
“The encouraging thing is that so many [shots] were on goal,” Olszewski said. “That’s something that we’re hoping to continue build upon as we head toward CAA play.”
Towson will return home to face Howard University on Wednesday. The game will start at 4 p.m. at the Tiger Soccer Complex.