TU drops fifth straight game
After tying at Loyola Friday night, Towson (0-4-1) lost to the University of Maryland 5-0.
The Tigers gave up the first goal of the game at 14:25 and were never able to recover, giving up another goal in the first half, and three more in the second.
“The score was definitely lopsided and Maryland controlled the game,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “However, we played well defensively, and we had some legitimate scoring chances.”
Although Towson allowed Maryland to take 24 shots, sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinn had nine saves, and sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Evanick played the last 8:38 of the game, not allowing any goals.
“Even though we gave up five goals, they weren’t goalkeeping mistakes,” Paynter said. “Maryland put us under pressure, and they are a good team, so they’re going to score.”
On Friday, senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore scored the first goal of the game for Towson at Loyola 20:26 into the game on a breakaway after a long pass from junior midfielder Kat Sipes.
The Tigers held the 1-0 lead for the rest of the game, until 86:20 when Loyola forward Nichole Schiro scored to tie the game.
Neither team was able to score in overtime, finishing the game in a draw. The game was the first of the year for the Tigers that didn’t end in a loss. Paynter said although the team didn’t win, it was the most complete game they played all season.
“In my mind, we outplayed them for 90 minutes,” he said. “The stats definitely echoed that. Loyola pushed a lot from us, but I am pleased with the way we battled.”
Quinn had another solid game, making four saves on five shots, most notably a diving save at 47:00 after a Loyola breakaway.
Paynter said he felt as if the team solved its problem of coming out flat in the first half, which contributed to the early goal by Skidmore.
“I am putting that change in philosophy all on the girls,” he said. “The girls decided after playing at Mount St. Mary’s that their performance was unacceptable, and you could see that in practice this week. We played both halves well, and they had a mindset of commitment this week, and I hope we can carry that over into future games.”
Skidmore said that for the team to earn a win in the next few games, it needs to continue this mindset.
“We just need to have the same philosophy that we did today,” she said. “We are just fired up more in general than we have been in the past few games, and we just decided we needed to be playing harder.”
Towson will take on George Washington next Friday at Annapolis, and Paynter said he wants the team to continue with the same intensity they had this weekend.
“We are getting better and better, and our intensity was higher than it was in the first few games, and we need to keep that up,” he said.