TU gets first win of season, fall to AU
Towson (1-14, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) fell to the American Eagles 6-2 Sunday in Washington, D.C. to split the weekend.
Towson’s loss was overshadowed by its first victory on the season on Friday night over UC Davis in comeback fashion.
After falling down 2-0 early, freshman forward Heather Jenney broke the shutout and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Fielder’s stroke tied it up late in the game.
The game went to overtime where Kasie Nurko got a breakaway, dodged past the goalkeeper, and knocked home the game-winning goal.
“[Getting our first win] was a huge relief,” said Captain senior midfielder Janine Kovach. “It felt great to finally end the streak and start over.”
Unlike on Friday, the Tigers got on the board early in Sunday’s game. Towson earned a penalty corner in the second minute, where senior forward Ashlea Carl smashed home senior forward Kate Nolan’s service for the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers remained on the offensive, but could not add to their lead in the minutes after their goal.
Instead, American generated its first scoring chance in the eighth minute.
The Eagles had been held in check for early portions of the game, but a Kati Rothenhoefer breakaway and finish tied up the game.
American took the momentum with the goal and created more scoring opportunities. In the 13th minute, Shelly Montgomery’s shot was saved by Towson sophomore goalie Tashani Dickson, but found its way to Canon Herschler who converted for the goal.
The Eagles kept their offensive running smoothly for the next ten minutes, adding two more goals to their lead.
Montgomery and Alex McMackin connected passes to beat Dickson for the goal in the 19th minute. In the 22nd minute, American made it 4-1 with a breakaway in the circle where Jaclyn Anspach found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season.
Towson needed to stop the bleeding and did so in the 23rd minute. Pushing for a second goal, the Tigers connected passes from defense to offense, leading to a Nurko cross that found junior forward Catie Barnwell’s stick for the goal.
“We had a lot of opportunities to score and we kept that kind of pressure on them the entire game,” Kovach said.
The offensive hot streak slowed down as the half died down, and the score stood 4-2 at halftime.
American attacked the Towson defense again to begin the second half, earning multiple penalty corners within the first 10 minutes.
On a corner in the 43rd minute, the Eagles would make it a three-goal lead, when McMackin converted for American’s fifth goal.
Towson’s offense tried to claw back into the game, but could find a few scoring chances throughout the half.
The Eagles added an insurance goal in the 64th minute when Montgomery’s hard shot hit the left corner, making it 6-2.
“American is a top-ranked team and we played really well against them,” Kovach said. “Even though we lost, we played competitively.”
Towson will next take the field when it travels to College Park to take on Maryland Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.