Tessa Jarvis’s goal not enough to pick up win
The Tigers (0-1) withstood a barrage of Hawks (2-0) shots and corner kicks for the first seven minutes of the game.
It was in the 10th minute that forward Sarak Yerk put the Hawks ahead with her first goal of the season. It came off of an assist from midfielder Nicole Gerdes to give the Hawks the early advantage.
The next 10 minutes of the game was a battle for control, but Towson went on the offensive with 21 minutes gone in the first half.
Senior midfielder Kelly Mattingly put two consecutive shots on target from corners by freshman Tessa Jarvis, but Hawks goalkeeper Amelia Deibler saved both.
Jarvis also took the next corner. She served it to junior midfielder Stacey Mackintosh who gave it back to Jarvis, who then put it in the goal.
“It was very exciting to play in my first collegiate game,” Jarvis said. “I was thrilled to have scored a goal, not only our first goal of the season, but the first goal of my college career.”
In addition, it was Mackintosh’s first assist as a Tiger since transferring from Radford this offseason.
Towson stayed aggressive through the end of the half, earning three more corners.
“Our team had moments of brilliance where we would connect all the way down the field,” Mattingly said. “Now, we need to work on finishing.”
The Tigers didn’t get a chance to finish the rest of the game, though, as the second half was dominated by Saint Joseph’s.
The Hawks earned 11 corners in the half to Towson’s two. In the same vein, they also managed 11 shots. The Tigers, just three.
Three of Saint Joseph’s shots squeezed past Towson’s sophomore goalkeeper Megan Boyle for goals. Forward Jordan Martin (third goal of the season), midfielder Melissa Herd (first goal of the season) and Gerdes (first goal of the season) all contributed to the second half rally.
The game ended in disappointment, but the women took positives from their opening match.
“We put out a lot of effort today, which was good to see,” Mattingly said. “Now we see what we need to work on. We need to work on the small details such as taking care of the ball and making good decisions.”
That feeling of a need for improvement trickled down to the goal-scoring freshman, Jarvis.
“Although the outcome was not as we wanted,” she said. “We had the opportunity to see what we need to tweak and work on for next week to come out with a win.”
The Tigers will get their chance to show off their tweaks this weekend as the play Lock Haven on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. They will then travel to Loretto, Pennsylvania, to play St. Francis at 1 p.m. on Sunday.