Tribe tame the Tigers
Despite scoring the game’s first goal, Towson ultimately fell 5-1 to the William & Mary Tribe (5-6, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) at Johnny Unitas Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Towson (1-11, 0-2 CAA) is now on a nine-game losing streak, including a 2-1 loss at home against the James Madison Dukes in the conference opener Friday evening.
The Tigers were able to take advantage of four consecutive offensive corners to start the game and score the first goal to take an early lead.
The goal came off a corner were junior forward/midfielder Courtney Branco inserted the ball to sophomore forward Kelsey Jones who knocked it in to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers continued to keep the pressure on the Tribe by forcing multiple turnovers.
However, William & Mary scored two goals in just over a minute, giving them a 2-1 lead over Towson.
Freshman Maria Pastor tipped in the first goal with an assist from sophomore Pippin Saunders at 19:03 and senior Taylor Hodge scored after a pass from Brittany Hopkins at 20:43.
Both goals were scored by quick passing from the Tribe up the left side of the field then crosses into the circle.
Towson goalie Brittany Varacallo blocked a reverse chip shot with five minutes remaining to keep the score 2-1.
Varacallo had a total of five saves in the game.
But, with only 19 seconds remaining in the first half, the Tribe was able to add to their lead against the Tigers.
Saunders carried the ball down the left sideline and dribbled around the Tigers defense.
She was able to place the ball in the opposite corner past Varacallo to give the Tribe a 3-1 lead heading into the half.
Despite trailing at the half, the Tigers had six corners.
William & Mary scored in the first minute of the second half to increase the lead over Towson to 4-1.
Hodge scored an unassisted goal 44 seconds into the half, giving her two on the game.
Towson freshman defender Morgan Skavdahl had a defensive save with 16 minutes remaining in the second half to prevent another Tribe goal.
With 10 minutes left in the second half, Varacallo made three consecutive saves for Towson. However, she could not stop the William & Mary offense.
William & Mary freshman Amanda McAteer had an unassisted goal with just over three minutes remaining from the top left of the circle.
It was her first on the year and gave the Tribe a 5-1 advantage.
“Today’s game was a missed opportunity, and we didn’t play as a cohesive unit or to our full potential,” senior defender and captain Kate Williams said.
According to Williams, the Tigers will “work on playing good defense all across the field, not just the defenders but everyone playing defense,” in hopes to end their losing streak.
Towson will take on the Delaware Blue Hens from Newark, Del., on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.