Tigers tie up CAA-leading Huskies
Towson tied conference-leading Northeastern 2-2, in what could possibly be the final home game for men’s soccer.
The Huskies were ranked 27th in the nation ahead of Wednesday’s contest.
It was also Senior Day for the Tigers (4-9-2, 2-5-2 Colonial Athletic Association). The Tigers fielded five seniors of whom Head Coach Frank Olszewski spoke highly.
“They’ve meant a great deal,” Olszewski said. “They’ve come through a lot, they’ve worked through some hard times, and they keep coming back from adversity.”
The Huskies (11-1-3, 6-0-2 CAA) scored in the 11th minute of the game off of a Don Anding goal—his 11th of the season.
Towson’s Olakunle ‘Kay’ Banjo evened the score in the 27th minute. The junior forward leads the Tigers in goals, with four on the season.
“I did a one-two with Cam [Kidwell],” Banjo said. “The one-two didn’t go through the first time but it came right back to me so I had the free shot and then I put it back in the net and put us back 1-1.”
The Tigers took the lead in the 57th minute after co-captain sophomore defender Daniel Grundei headed the ball in the back of the net off of junior forward Enrico Skrypzak’s corner.
The Huskies responded three minutes later, as Dante Marini crossed the ball to the middle for Simon Cox who put the ball in the back of the net, tying the game at two-a-piece.
Both teams registered chances with the Huskies leading Towson, 19-8 respectively. Neither side however capitalized in front of the goal through two overtime periods.
Olszewski was proud of his players for their effort as the team is still vying for a playoff spot.
“You’re going against the team that’s at the top of the table,” Olszewski said. “You know it’s going to be a battle, and our guys battled. How can you not be proud of that?”
Towson’s freshman goalkeeper Alex Petermann set a new career-high with saves, stopping eight on-target shots from the Huskies.
“He’s the kind of player, and you need this from a goalkeeper, that the team can depend upon, and the team can depend on him,” Olszewski said. “He makes saves that the other teams think are goals. That’s what his contribution is and he comes up, trumps all the time.”
The Tigers were in control of a possible playoff berth before the match. They needed to win their final two matches to advance to the CAA Tournament.
The Tigers however can still make the CAA Tournament.
Towson must defeat UNC-Wilmington Saturday night with the hope that UNC-Wilmington loses to Delaware Tuesday night. If this scenario plays out, the Tigers will advance to the tournament based on a head-to-head tiebreaker. Towson defeated UNC-Wilmington and Delaware earlier in the season.
“We have to win that game,” Banjo said about Saturday night’s match. “We can’t afford a tie. It doesn’t have to be a blow out, but we have to win.”
Saturday night’s match against the Seahawks in Wilmington, N.C. is set to kickoff at 7 p.m.