Tigers lay egg against Blue Hens
Towson fell behind early in the first half in its third Colonial Athletic Association game, and ultimately fell 5-0 to the Delaware Blue Hens Friday evening at Rullo Stadium in Newark, Del.
The Tigers (1-12, 0-3 CAA) had no scoring opportunities as the Blue Hens (9-3, 3-0 CAA) had control of the ball predominantly in their defensive end of the field.
“The score did not reflect the game play,” Head Coach Carly Powell said. “They are a great group, very young and still growing. I look forward to each game, and we are making the changes we need to make to improve.”
In the first six minutes of the game, the Hens had two consecutive shots on the Tigers. The constant pressure paid off, as the Hens scored their first goal of the game in the 10th minute.
Senior midfielder Clare O’Malley scored her second goal of the season for Delaware. The goal was assisted by sophomore forward Jacki Coeleski just inside the top of the circle.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo and the Tiger defense shutout the Hens for the remainder of the first half. She had nine saves in the game.
Delaware ended the first half with 14 shots and held Towson without a shot.
The constant pressure by the Blue Hens began to show on the scoreboard in the second half, as Delaware scored four goals en route to its third conference win.
Freshman forward/midfielder Esmée Peet scored the second goal of the game for Delaware in the 37th minute, after freshman forward Meghan Winesett crossed a pass in front of the goal.
Peet scored her sixth goal of the season just under eight minutes later for the Blue Hens. Sophomore forward/midfielder Allie Mikelson and Winesett had the assists after a penalty corner.
Senior forward Toni Popinko scored the final two goals for the Blue Hens. In the 53rd minute, Popinko scored an unassisted goal off of a deflected pass. Ten minutes later, junior defender Rebecca Pepper crossed the ball 10 yards out and Popinko put the ball in the back of the cage to seal the 5-0 win for Delaware.
The loss marks the sixth time this season that the Tigers have been shutout.
“We have the same game plan and thought process going into every game focusing on what we need to work on and to counter the other teams strengths,” Powell said.
Towson will have the week to prepare for its next opponent, American.
The Tigers will take on the Eagles in Washington, D.C. Friday, Oct. 18. The game is set to start at 3 p.m.