By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
The Tigers played two games this weekend without scoring a goal, falling 3-0 to the George Mason Patriots Sunday, but tying 0-0 against St. John’s Friday.
The Tigers hung with the Patriots through the first half, with both sides managing one shot on goal. However, the opening half was scoreless as neither team took advantage of its scoring chances.
In the second half, the Patriots exerted more dominance, shooting nine times with four on target. Three of those shots got past senior goaltender Taylor Sebolao as Rebecca Callison, Nicolette Herdegen, and Nia Elbeck each found the net.
Friday, St. John’s dominated possession and registered 26 shots. Sebolao saved all eight shots that the Red Storm put on target to help the Tigers secure a draw.
“We didn’t get a goal but we got a good result,” Sebolao said. “The first weekend was a little tough. We had some things not go our way, so to bounce back against a really good St. John’s team is going to lead to good things in the future.”
Sophomore winger McKenzie McCaul had Towson’s only two shots on target and came closest to scoring for the Tigers 30 minutes into the game.
Freshman Elizabeth Coletti chipped a ball over the Red Storm defense and McCaul found herself one-on-one with St. John’s goalie Diana Poulin. Poulin came out of her net early and managed to smother McCaul’s shot.
In the second half, the Tigers could not keep a hold on the ball and were forced to defend for the vast majority of the final 45 minutes.
The Red Storm hit the woodwork twice and forced Sebolao into several saves. The Tigers stayed resolute with Towson defenders blocking six of St. John’s shots.
“We showed what we’re capable of doing when we have our full complement of players,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “The other two games we had a red card and then a red card suspension so it helps to have everyone today. Defensively we were strong and I think that will build confidence.”
The Tigers next two games will be in Philadelphia as they take on St. Joseph’s at 5 p.m. Friday, before they take on Temple on Sunday at 3 p.m.