TU runs aground vs. Midshipmen
The Tigers (0-6-1) lost back-to-back games over the weekend, both by a score of 2-1, against George Washington and Navy.
The Navy Midshipmen started off the scoring on Sunday 15:41 into the game on an unassisted goal by midfielder Fallon Puppolo.
Navy scored again at 73:59 after forward Caprice Kelty beat Towson sophomore goalkeeper Erin Quinn to give the Midshipmen a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers didn’t score until there were only 43 seconds left in the game, when midfielder sophomore Katlyn Axenfeld scored an unassisted goal. Despite the loss, Head Coach Greg Paynter said it was the best game his team had played all season.
“We put together a total 90 minutes,” he said. “We played well in the first half, but we were just unable to put shots on the frame. We controlled pretty much the entire first half, and in the second half we put together a thorough effort, but we made one mistake in the back end that let us down.”
Although Navy led on the scoreboard, Towson led shots with 22 and had more corner kicks and saves.
“We are continuing to show development and progress,” Paynter said. “Both of these last few games we came up short on the scoreboard, but we created good scoring chances and are minimizing scoring chances for opposing teams. We just got some bad breaks and bad bounces today.”
On Friday, Towson was tied with George Washington until 64:16, when Colonials’ forward Kristi Abbate scored to give them the lead.
Abbate’s goal was the second of the game for George Washington, who scored the first goal in the game at 17:12 when forward Adriana Moya scored her second of the year on a header from defender Jane Wallis.
The Tigers’ senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore led the team in shots in the game with four, and scored the equalizer for Towson at 54:02 to make it 1-1 on an assist by goalkeeper Erin Quinn, who had four saves in the game.
The goal was Skidmore’s third of the year.
Paynter said Quinn’s 10 saves over the weekend was the bright spot for the Tigers in the two games.
“We had superb goaltending this weekend,” he said. “It’s unfortunate when goals go in, even though you do everything right, because we have had great goaltending all season.”
Towson will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers next week, before starting Colonial Athletic Association play against Delaware.
The game against West Virginia will be Towson’s eighth straight road game, but according to Paynter, it will better prepare the Tigers for CAA play.
“West Virginia is another top 20-level team on the road,” Paynter said. “It’s really about our continued growth and what it takes to compete in high-pressure games. After that it’s CAA play, but these games will make sure we are mentally ready for CAA play.”