By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer
The Tigers dominated the second annual “Battle of Baltimore” this weekend by first blowing out Mount St. Mary’s 4-0 on Friday, before defeating Loyola 1-0.
The results of Friday and Sunday’s games have extended Towson’s win streak to five consecutive games, the first time in program history the Tigers have held a shutout for that long. Towson has gained momentum following this run of shutouts, according to senior defender Nicole Nicholas.
“It’s helped so much with our confidence because it really confirms that we are a good team and capable of doing great things when we all work together,” Nicholas said. “We’re just trying to build off it each week.”
On Friday at UMBC’s Retriever Soccer Park, the Tigers trampled the Mounts for all 90 minutes of the match. The first goal came 22 minutes into the match directly from a corner when junior midfielder Emily Marshall lifted a perfectly placed cross over the Mounts keeper, before the ball deflected off a Mount defender into the back of the net. Ten minutes later Tiger freshman, McKenzie McCaull, scored her first college goal after collecting a long pass from Nicholas, and shooting past Mount St. Mary’s senior shot stopper Vicky Cocozza.
Fellow freshman Katie Fullerton then tripled Towson’s lead only three minutes later after she received a pass over the top of the Mount defense from freshman Evelyn Neidert.
Fullerton then blazed a shot past Cocozza to round off a dominant half for the Tigers, in which Towson outshot Mount Saint Mary’s 10-4. Both teams put half their shots on target.
Nicholas put the game out of reach early in the second half by converting a shot off of another one of Marshall’s corners. The fourth goal meant that the Tigers had scored four in one game for the first time in two years.
Towson then extended their shutout streak on Sunday against Loyola. Towson gritted out a defensive win allowing only two shots on target while mustering five shots on goal. Towson has now gone an incredible 490 minutes total without allowing a goal.
The Tigers scored the lone goal of the game off a corner kick after 33 minutes.
Senior defender Vasthy Delgado sent in a corner kick that found midfielder Marissa Green.
The sophomore then directed a headed pass toward fellow midfielder Maddie Bove who headed a shot into the back of the net to record her first goal for Towson.
The fifth straight win also set a personal mark for Head Coach Greg Paynter, who is currently enjoying his longest winning streak during his tenure with the Tigers.
Coach Paynter was already focused on next week, however, he did not lose his focus on long term goals in the midst of the win streak.
“We focus on each game separately and don’t get consumed with the win streak,” Paynter said. “That is past tense, St. Francis is our focus now.”
The Tigers take on St. Francis at 4 p.m. this Friday at Towson’s Soccer Complex.