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Tigers pour it on Falcons for 5-1 win

Natalie Pinkney capped off Towson's top scoring effort in half a decade as they beat Bowling Green 5-1.

Natalie Pinkney capped off Towson’s top scoring effort in half a decade as they beat Bowling Green 5-1.

Aided by a red card that put Bowling Green down a player for for nearly 75 minutes, the Towson women’s soccer team had their greatest offensive effort in five years as they earned a 5-1 victory.

In the 16th minute Bowling Green goalkeeper Lauren Cadel was issued a red card. Not only did that put the Tigers up a player, but it also forced the Falcons to play without their top goalkeeper; going from fifth year senior to freshman Kathleen Duwve making her collegiate debut.

But even before that send off the Tigers were able to show that their offensive improvement from earlier in the season. After being shutout in three of their first four games, the Tigers rode their momentum gained from a victory last weekend and scored in just the 11th minute against the Falcons.

Bowling Green failed to clear the ball out of their defensive third. Tigers senior midfielder Marissa Green took possession and drilled the ball into the top right corner from 16 yards out.

It was five minutes later when Cadel was sent off. That set Towson up with a free kick just outside the penalty area. Evelyn Neidert’s first attempt at the goal was blocked by the wall in front of her, but he collected her own rebound, move the ball over to freshman Justine Stoner and put it in the back of the net from 10 yards out.

Towson would score two more times before the first half finished. They took a 3-0 lead early in the 28th minute when senior Izzy Latour, which didn’t play at all last year with an injury, took possession of the ball near midfield, dribbled into the attacking end, got free from the defense and kicked it past Duwve.

The Falcons were able to get on the board in the 39th minute despite having to play with fewer players than the Tigers. Skylar Fleak went one-on-one with a defender 30 yards out, drove into the attacking end and crossed the ball over the Towson defender and into the goal. But the Tigers responded quickly with another score just five minutes later.

In the 44th minute freshman Elizabeth Coletti scored her second goal of the year after Monica Scaglione sent a beautiful cross over to her. Coletti headed it home from six yards out.

The Falcons were much better defensively in the second half, but the Tigers were able to net one final goal in the 72nd minute when McKenzie McCaull crossed in from the right side and senior Natalia Pinkney one-touched it and put it into the back of the net from six yards out.

Pinkney had two more shots right after that goal, but had her shot in the 73nd minute blocked and attempt in the 75th minute go wide.

Towson out-shot Bowling Green 27-7 with 12 shots on goal to the Falcon’s two.

With back-to-back victories the Tigers have good momentum heading into their second game of the Navy Invitational on Sunday when they play Drake at noon.

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