By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
Towson closed out its nonconference schedule Sunday with a 2-0 win over George Washington, but fell Friday to Penn 2-0.
Sunday the Tigers (3-6-1) shut out the Colonials (6-3-0) at the Tiger Soccer Complex without conceding a shot on goal.
Towson also managed to find more space to move forward than they had all season, consistently having runners in behind the George Washington defense.
“We believed in each other,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “We’ve struggled in the past with believing and trusting each other.”
After putting several shots on target, freshman forward Moriah Wigley opened the scoring for Towson after George Washington goalkeeper Miranda Horn came off her line to clear a chance 40 minutes in. Wigley beat Horn to the ball and shot right into an empty net.
The Tigers looked to wrap up the game early in the second half, retaining possession in the Colonials final third.
Sophomore forward Evelyn Neidert scored Towson’s second goal of the match by intercepting a pass from Horn and ripping a shot into another empty net.
“Getting my first collegiate goal meant a lot,” Neidert said. “I think we’ve finally found the drive to go forward.”
Friday, the Tigers fell to the Quakers 2-0 on the road at Rhodes Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Penn pressured Towson constantly and forced senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao into a season high of 10 saves.
Fifteen minutes into the game Sebolao had to turn away three shots from the Quakers.
Ten minutes later, the pressure was too much as defender Paige Lombard put home a rebound inside the box for Penn.
Neidert managed to put a shot on target before halftime, but the shot was denied by Penn goalkeeper Kitty Qu.
In the second half, Sebaolo had to make saves left and right as the Quakers found space to rip shots all game.
Finally Penn got its reward, sealing the game 84 minutes in when forward Sasha Stephens scored a breakaway goal.
Towson will open up Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play this Friday at 7 p.m. against Elon in North Carolina.