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Tigers upset GW in final non-conference game

By: Desmond Boyle

Evelyn Neidert scored her first goal of the year int he 50th minute against GW.

Evelyn Neidert scored her first goal of the year int he 50th minute against GW.

They couldn’t think of a better way to end their non-conference schedule. On Sunday afternoon the Towson women’s soccer team pulled off a 2-0 upset victory over George Washington, giving them some momentum heading into conference play.

The Tigers pushed the action from the opening kick as Evelyn Neidert registered nearly scored just two minutes into the game. Following a cross from freshman Nikki Logan, the senior striker rushed her shot and put the ball right at redshirt junior stopper Miranda Horn.

Showing newfound cohesiveness, the Tigers found more space moving forward then in their recent stretch of games. Towson was able to expose the Colonials on the counter attack by playing long balls from the back to forwards on either flank.

“We believed in each other,” head coach Greg Paynter said. “[Previously,] we’ve struggled with believing and trusting each other.”

Pacey winger Natalia Pinkney found herself on goal but put her shot wide 20 minutes into the game.

George Washington struggled to penetrate the Tigers defense and only managed three shots in the first half, with none going on target.

Towson consistently pressured the Colonials and got their reward 40 minutes into the game.

On another counter attack, Horn came off her line early to clear the ball but was beaten to it by freshman forward Moriah Wigley. Wigley then slotted the ball home into an empty net.

George Washington mustered one more chance before halftime, as redshirt junior Ivana Szwejkowski headed a shot just wide of goal. The Tigers registered seven shots in the first half with only Wigley’s goal being on target.

The Tigers immediately pressured the Colonials to start the second half with sustained possession, corner kicks and shots. Towson doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half as Neidert intercepted a pass from Horn and shot the ball into another open net.

“Getting my first collegiate goal meant a lot,” Neidert said. “I think we’ve finally found the drive to go forward and needing to win games.”

The Tigers continued to dominate, opening up George Washington’s defense and not allowing the Colonials to generate offense.

Nine different Tigers had at least one shot as Towson registered 16 shots throughout the game. Wigley and Pinkney led Towson with three shots each.

Pinkney had the best chance to score a third for the Tigers as Neidert played a through ball past the Colonial defense that helped Pinkney get one-on-one with Horn. Pinkney blazed a shot from the edge of the area wide left.

The Tigers closed out the shutout victory without conceding any real chances to the Colonials. Senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebaolo posted her tenth career shutout without having to make a save.

Towson open up conference play in their next matchup as they take on Elon this Friday at 7 p.m.

Of the upcoming conference schedule, Paynter saidl: “Conference play is harder, as good as GW is the run through CAA play requires even more.”

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