Towson falls to St. Joseph’s
Towson dropped its third consecutive game at the hands of the St. Joseph’s Hawks on Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa., falling 1-0. The team has now scored one goal in its losing streak, dating back to Sept. 8.
St. Joseph’s began the game on the offensive, pressuring Towson’s defense for the first 15 minutes. It tallied three penalty corners and two shots in that time period, but could not cash in on the opportunities.
The Tigers’ first chance at goal came in the 18th minute, where they earned their second penalty corner. Junior forward Courtney Branco’s service found the stick of junior midfielder Kelly Mattingly, but her shot was saved by Hawks’ goalie Rachel Barnett.
St. Joseph’s took the offensive momentum after the Towson missed opportunity, forcing two penalty corners in the 23rd minute. On the corner, Towson junior goalie Brittany Varacallo stopped an initial shot, but left a rebound.
The rebound came out to the Hawks’ Melanie Colozzi, who knocked the ball past Varacallo for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Varacallo had three saves in the game, but could not withstand a St. Joseph’s offense that outshot Towson 13-6 in the game. Towson also lost the corner battle, 10-9.
“We have to start marking [offenders] tighter,” Mattingly said. “But [Varacallo] has been stepping up and making a lot of good saves.”
As the half progressed, the Tigers’ defense continued to be on its heels. The Hawks earned another penalty corner, but Mattingly’s defense save prevented them from taking the two-goal lead with 8:40 left in the first half.
Towson, looking for an equalizer, made a final push in the first half when it recorded three penalty corners within the last six minutes. However, shots by sophomore forward Kelsey Jones and freshman defenseman Sam Zelenack could not find the net.
The Tigers came out of the break strong, but could not get past Barnett for the goal. Two penalty corners produced shots by Mattingly and Zelenack, but Barnett and the Hawks’ defense held firm.
“We played really well as a team,” Mattingly said. “We had a lot of opportunities today that we didn’t capitalize on. Our team is hungry for a win so the goals will click soon.”
After Towson’s opening surge, St. Joseph’s responded with a penalty corner in the 48th minute, followed by a flurry of shots. However, none could get past Varacallo and the Towson defense, leaving the score 1-0.
The Tigers managed two more penalty corners as the half progressed, but neither could produce a game-tying goal. The team finished with its second shutout in two games.
Despite scoring first, Towson lost a road game at Virginia Commonwealth Friday, which was aided by three second half goals.
Senior forward Kathleen Morris helped the Tigers draw first blood with a goal in the 23rd minute. Senior defenseman Kate Williams was recorded the assist on the play.
VCU came out of the halftime break and took control of the game in the second frame. Behind 16 shots and four penalty corners, it was able to take the lead in the 43rd minute and add breathing room in the 54th minute.
Towson continues its road trip on Friday Sept. 20, when the team travels to Lawrenceville, N.J. to face Rider. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.