Women’s Soccer: Tigers lead after first win over William & Mary

By: Desmond Boyle, Staff Writer

The Tigers will look to build on their strong performances from the later part of last season when Towson was able to mount a charge to the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs.

The strongest performance was the regular season finale in which the Tigers recorded their first ever win over William & Mary with a 2-0 victory.

Towson then ran into two time CAA women’s soccer player of the year Leah Galton and the Hofstra Pride.

Galton netted a hat trick en route to a 3-0 defeat for Towson.

Towson will be working all year at getting another chance to the CAA playoffs.

“I want to leave a standard for other teams to come in the future (to Towson) of making the CAAs year after year,” senior defender Nicole Nicholas said.

The Tigers had a rough start to their campaign, dropping 1-0 games to Bucknell and St. Johns.

Despite the loss, Nicholas believed that the Tigers put in an impressive effort against St. Johns. Nicholas said the passionate performance against the 21st ranked Friars carried over into Towson’s first result of the season, a 2-2 draw against High Point University, “

I think we played with so much passion and worked so hard and the resiliency carried over to this week,” Nicholas said.

Head Coach Greg Paytner knows that Towson will need every advantage it can get with the tough schedule ahead.

Coach Paytner was optimistic about the potential for the Tigers this season despite the difficult games ahead.

“I think the good level of competition in our schedule this season helps us get better. And our main goal from a weekly basis is to keep improving,” he said.

On a long term basis Coach Paytner was clear, “The long term goal is always to reach the CAA playoffs.”

Towson will take their next step at returning to the CAA tournament this Friday in Fairfield, Connecticut taking on Fairfield University at 7 p.m.

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