Towson burned by Drexel
Towson dropped its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association match Saturday, losing to top-ranked Drexel 1-0 at home.
Nathan Page scored Drexel’s (9-3-1, 5-1 CAA) only goal, and goalkeeper Tim Washam held the Tigers (4-7-1, 2-3-1 CAA) scoreless for his sixth shutout of the season.
Page’s goal came after a turnover from Towson in the midfield that led to a fast break for the Dragons with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
“We made an error that cost us,” Head Coach Frank Olszewski said. “There are places that you just can’t make those errors. It’s a tough one.”
Olszewski credited his team for not giving up after the goal and coming out in the second half with more energy than Drexel.
“You can go two ways, especially late in the half in this game,” Olszewski said. “You can hang your head and feel sorry for yourself, or you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps and come out and outshoot a team 9-1 in the second half.”
Preseason All-CAA forward junior Olakunle ‘Kay’ Banjo returned to the field for the first time since sustaining a concussion when the team defeated Delaware 3-2 on Oct. 3.
“He’s a catalyst,” Olszewski said. “He draws a lot of attention. I think he was dealing with a little bit of rust.”
Freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann continued to show improvements in net, allowing only one goal.
He had four saves against the top-seeded team in the CAA.
“He’s playing at another level,” Olszewski said. “For a freshman with the adjustment period, outstanding.”
Both teams played aggressively throughout the game.
Only two yellow cards were given, but a total of 21 fouls were called, 14 of them against the Tigers.
There were also missed calls for both teams, especially late in the second half when the Tigers had their best chance to score.
Banjo went in the air for a loose ball inside the 18-yard box against Washam and was punched in the head as Washam tried to clear the ball.
No call was made. It would have resulted in a penalty kick for the Tigers that could have tied the game.
“Both teams came out and played hard,” Olszewski said. “It was a CAA game, and you leave it to the referees to decide what happens in-between. You deal with it, you move on.”
The Tigers return to the field Wednesday at home for a 3 p.m. match against the George Mason Patriots.