TU loses tight battles

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By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer

Towson wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 2-0 loss against Georgetown Sunday at the Tiger Soccer Complex.

The Tigers (3-5-2) were constantly on their heels throughout the loss to the Hoyas (6-2-1), an NCAA Final Four participant last year. The Hoyas dominated possession with good passing and applied constant pressure on the Tigers offense whenever they lost the ball.

That pressure paid off for Georgetown just under 20 minutes into the game when junior forward Caitlin Farrell dribbled past several Towson defenders and found space at the edge of the area before curling a shot past redshirt senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao.

The Tigers managed only one shot on goal before halftime. Senior defender Kelsey Ritter registered that shot, but saw it halted by Hoyas’ junior goalkeeper Arielle Schechtman.

The second half was similar to the first as Towson could not compete with the intensity of Georgetown. Towson struggled all game long to find any consistency with its passing and attacking movement.

“We played hard, we played smart, we played disciplined,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said.“[Georgetown] has a lot of their same players back so they have an arsenal of firepower [and] we limited what their quality options were, but they were good enough.”

The Hoyas put the game away early in the second half off a corner. Senior midfielder Rachel Corboz sent in a cross that sophomore defender Meaghan Nally headed into the net.

Towson had an even contest Friday afternoon as the team played to a 0-0 draw against Temple.

The Owls (3-3-1) played a fast-paced brand of soccer, forcing Sebolao into seven saves. The Tigers put five shots on target, applying pressure as well.

Towson’s closest scoring opportunity occurred when sophomore forward Elizabeth Coletti sent a cross into the box that was too high for a header attempt and deflected off the crossbar.

Despite double overtime and several scoring chances for both teams, neither found the back of the net, leading to a scoreless tie.

The Tigers begin Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play against Delaware Sunday. Opening kick is set for 1 p.m. at the Tiger Soccer Complex.

Featured image courtesy of Brendan Felch / The Towerlight

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