Towson drops 11th straight game
Towson extended its losing streak to 11 consecutive games Friday against the American Eagles in Washington, D.C.
The Tigers (1-13, 0-3 Catholic Athletic Association) fell 4-0 to the Eagles (9-4) in their final non-conference game of the season.
The Eagles shot early and often on the Tigers in the first half. Ten minutes into the half American had two shots within five seconds of each other. One shot went high, while the other was blocked.
Junior goalie Brittany Varacallo had her first save of the game for the Tigers in the 13th minute from a shot by freshman midfielder Victoria DeKepper.
An opportunity presented itself for Towson when it gained their first penalty corner by freshman defender Sam Zelenack.
Junior defense/midfielder Kelly Mattingly managed to get a shot off, but senior goalkeeper Stephanie Burry saved the shot in the 15th minute.
American took four more shots on Towson until finally scoring with 4:30 remaining in the first half. Senior forward Alex McMackin scored the first goal of the game off of a penalty stroke.
Sophomore forward Kelsey Jones took a shot that went wide in the 33rd minute off a penalty corner. American had a 1-0 lead against Towson at the end of the first half.
“The first half we played very aggressive and connected really well, the second half American stepped it up,” Mattingly said. “We are low on numbers and some games, like this one, get physically tough.”
American drilled Towson with 15 shots in the first 20 minutes of the second half. There was little action for the Tigers offense, which played predominantly a defensive game.
The 16th shot for American was a goal scored by freshman forward/midfield Natalie Konerth at 56:14. The Eagles led 2-0 against Towson with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Following a timeout by Towson, American picked up another goal in the 59th minute by junior defense/midfielder Grace Wilson off a penalty corner.
The Eagles took three more shots before tallying their fourth and final goal in the 69th minute by junior forward Kati Rothenhoefer.
Varacallo ended the game with nine saves for the Tigers.
“Every game we show how much heart our team has. We keep fighting no matter what the score is,” Mattingly said. “We come out every game ready to play.”
Towson takes on Northeastern in its fourth conference game on Friday, Oct. 25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.