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Tigers see improvements but fall 2-1 to ECU

Freshman Elizabeth Coletti got her head on a ball lofted into the box in her home collegiate debut.

Freshman Elizabeth Coletti got her head on a ball lofted into the box in her home collegiate debut.

Any time a soccer team has to replace three of their four backline defensive players there is going to be an adjustment period, even if it’s all veterans taking over the spots. Towson’s women’s soccer team is in that position right now with Kristyn Hubbard as the only returning starter on the back line from last year and the visiting East Carolina Pirates were able to take advantage of that just a bit as they left Towson with a 2-1 victory.

The Tigers moved Maddie Bove to the back line after she started almost every game her first two seasons in the midfield while Daniel Gardner and Kelsey Ritter also stepped up into starting spots. Gardner and Hubbard both started on the backline in the team’s season-opener at Georgetown. Bove did not play in the game and Ritter only appeared off the bench. Overall, the unit just seems to need more time to come together. Despite the loss the Tigers were able to hold in there because senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao game up big in the net. The senior made six saves in the game, four of which came in the first 30 minutes.

East Carolina was able to maneuver their way into the box with relative ease early in the game and got three shots off in the first 10 minutes of the game. They had three more shots over the next 20 minutes too. But Sebolao was able to get in position to stop the ones that approached the goal.

But goalkeeper is usually a position of percentages; the more shots faces, the most likely one will get by and that was the case in the 47th minute. Just 40 seconds before East Carolina did score, Autumn Berry bounced her shot off the cross bar. The Pirates kept possession however, worked it back toward the goal and Lana Spitler was able to finally get one past Sebolao at 46:10.

The Tigers only managed two shots in the first half as ECU was able to maintain possession for long stretches as they went into the break ahead by one.

ECU kept the pressure up in the second half too, ripping off two more shots in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza with one of them being on goal and needing to be saved by Sebolao.

Towson was able to finally get on the board when Bove lofted the ball up from the back line and into the box. Elizabeth Coletti got her head up and re-directed the ball into the goal to tie the game at 62:25.

But 14 minutes later, the Pirates were able to break the tie with another goal. This time Berry got the ball in the net, and it wasn’t even on a true attempt. At 77:50, Berry sent a cross into the box but it went through traffic, untouched and that seemed to catch Sebolao off guard because it said into the goal for what proved to be the game-winner. Emily Marshall was able to get one more good shot off for Towson in the second half, but it sailed wide with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. ECU was able to successfully wind down the game clock after that miss and dropped Towson in their home opener.

After losing 6-0 to the Hoyas just two days ago, it was a very positive sign to hold an American Athletic Conference opponent to only two goals, but the Tigers will have another tough test when they host the Big East’s St. John’s on Friday.

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