Towson Women’s Soccer loses to Monmouth in the first CAA conference game of the season
By: Courtney Ott, contributing writer
The Towson Women’s Soccer team lost 1-0 to Monmouth University in their first CAA conference game on Thursday.
In the first half, Monmouth dominated offensively with five shots and two shots on goal. Towson saw one shot and one shot on goal. Physical gameplay led to numerous fouls on both sides, four for Monmouth and three for Towson, all rewarded with free kicks, but none were capitalized on.
“We need to over-hit it to the back post; that’s where we are more effective in general,” Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. “For CAA play, we need to bring our best.”
Monmouth scored one goal during the first half at 26:40 by Monmouth that slipped through goalkeeper Riley Melendez’s hands hitting bottom left corner of the goal.
Monmouth then had multiple scoring opportunities. At 23:45, Monmouth crossed the ball but was saved by Melendez in the air. The ball soared high over the goal at 17:50 with follow-up shots at 16:20 and 14:52 that were all saved by Melendez.
At 13:10, forward Demi Pierre drew a handball against Monmouth. The free kick was shot by midfielder Reese Borden but was saved by the goalie in the bottom center of the net.
The closest scoring opportunity Towson had in the second half was a free kick off of a handball. Borden fired the ball into the center of the net that Monmouth’s goalkeeper saved.
The second half started strong for the Hawks with a scoring opportunity at 37:20 but soared wide of the goal. The Tigers fired back with a shot that went high by forward Jasmine Hamid, barely making it past the goalkeeper.
The Hawks almost made the game a two-goal lead at 9:30 with a breakaway but glided wide. Almost tying the game, Pierre shot the ball high, bouncing off the crossbar and eventually being cleared by Monmouth’s defense.
The last scoring opportunity for Towson came at 2:55 for forward Nia Christopher after juking through the defense but was shut down just before she could make a shot.
“It wasn’t our best performance against a quality Monmouth team we need to play with better quality,” Vettori said. “We had some good ideas, but our execution sometimes wasn’t good as it can be.”
With only the second loss of the season and the first CAA conference game played, Vettori said the team will bounce back.
Towson’s next game is Sunday, Sept. 25, at home against Northeastern University at 1:00 p.m.