Tigers ‘skid no more’ vs. Panthers
After losing 5-2 to UNC-Wilmington (11-6-1, 6-3 Colonial Athletic Association) Friday, the Tigers (1-14-2, 1-7-1 CAA) earned a 1-1 draw against Georgia State Sunday afternoon.
In their final home game of the season, the Tigers were down 1-0 after Jordan Young of Georgia State (4-10-1, 1-7-1 CAA) scored with less than 11 minutes left in the game.
Towson answered when sophomore defender Katie Ponce sent a cross into the box that senior forward Cheyenne Skidmore headed into the back of the net with 5:30 remaining.
“We really wanted to win this game, even more than other games,” Skidmore said. “They were a team struggling just like us so we wanted to go out there and try to capitalize.”
The goal was Skidmore’s fourth of the season and Ponce’s assist was her first point of the year.
A scoreless overtime ended the game in a 1-1 draw and marked the third time in the 17 games this season that the Tigers did not walk away in defeat.
“We certainly outplayed them in all aspects,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “We defended well in adverse circumstances. We put a lot of pressure on them, but we just couldn’t capitalize enough to get that second goal.”
Paynter’s frustration stemmed from the fact that the Tigers only scored one goal despite playing with a man advantage for over 86 minutes, including overtime, after the Panthers’ Margaret Bruemmer received a red card in the first half.
Skidmore, who was honored before the game as the only senior, ranks in the top 10 in Towson history in points, goals, assists, shots and game-winning goals in her career as a Tiger. She also earned a win as a goalkeeper in 2009.
“It’s been great,” Skidmore said. “I’ve made a lot of great memories and friendships these last few years.”
Towson fell to UNC-Wilmington 5-2 Friday.
The Tigers tied the game at two after junior forward Emily Banes scored in the 34th minute. The score marked Banes’ third consecutive game with a goal.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Knier had the first goal for the Tigers.
It was the first of her career.
The tide turned 33 seconds later when Maddie McCormick netted a goal for the Seahawks. UNC-Wilmington never looked back adding two more goals in the second half to finish off its victory. McCormick finished the game with a hat trick.
With its home schedule now complete, Towson will play its last game of the season Wednesday night on the road against George Mason.
The game is set to start at 7 p.m.