TU finishes weekend with split
Towson (1-3) finished a weekend split with a 1-0 loss to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (1-3) on Sunday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. It recorded the first win of the season on Friday over Georgetown.
Lehigh began on the offensive, tallying two shots and a penalty corner within the first seven minutes. Towson junior goalie Brittany Varacallo saved the second shot, but could not hold the Lehigh offense.
In the eighth minute, Mountain Hawks’ freshman Marissa Glatt got inside the Tigers’ box and got the ball past Varacallo for what proved to be the game-winning goal. The goal was Glatt’s second of the year.
Lehigh continued to put pressure on the Towson defense, with three shots and two penalty corners within the next eight minutes. Varacallo notched two more saves to keep the deficit at one goal. Varacallo finished with four saves on 13 shots in the game.
In need of a momentum shift, the Tigers got their offense going in the 21st minute when senior forward Kathleen Morris recorded two shots in 10 seconds. However, she could not get by Mountain Hawks’ goalie Julia Ward, who had seven saves in the game.
Towson, with four penalty corners in the last six minutes of the first half, continued to pressure on offense. However, it could not find the equalizer before the half after junior midfielder Kelly Mattingly tallied two shots.
The Tigers were outshot in the first half by the Mountain Hawks, 8-4, but led in penalty corners, 5-3.
The second half began with both teams traded chances, but neither could find the net.
However, Towson made a push to score in the 59th minute.
With just under 10 minutes remaining, the Tigers went on a run that included five penalty corners and seven shots.
Five different players recorded shots during the time period, but none could beat Ward.
Towson had one last opportunity with 17 seconds remaining when sophomore Heather Jenney had a shot on goal.
However, Ward stopped the shot to clinch the victory for Lehigh.
Despite winning the shot battle 14-13 and earning 12 total penalty corners, the Tigers could not cash in on their offense.
The team earned their first win of the season on Friday in College Park, Md. by a score of 3-2.
The win snapped a seven-game losing streak that dated back to October 2012.
Georgetown scored first in the fourth minute, but Towson responded with three straight goals to take a commanding lead.
Senior defender Kate Williams tied the game in the seventh minute off an assist by Morris.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Jones gave the Tigers the lead in the 33rd minute with her second goal of the season.
Towson kept the pressure on Georgetown throughout the game, leading in shots 14-10. However, Georgetown won the corner battle by a score of 9-6.
Freshman defender Sam Zelenack tallied her third goal of the season in the 62nd minute, giving the Tigers breathing room with just over seven minutes remaining.
The Hoyas did not give in after facing a two-goal deficit, scoring in the 67th minute. However, they could not find a third goal.
Towson begins its six-game road trip on Friday when it travels to Virginia Commonwealth for the game scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.