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Tigers Senior Day spoiled by Charleston, fall 2-1

By: Desmond Boyle

Marissa Green scored a goal on Senior Day, but it wasn't enough to beat College of Charleston.

Marissa Green scored a goal on Senior Day, but it wasn’t enough to beat College of Charleston.

After a big upset of UNC Wilmington just two days before, the Towson women’s soccer team disappointingly were unable to keep their momentum going as they suffered a Senior Day let down, losing to College of Charleston, 2-1.

Before the game Towson honored its six graduating seniors, Marissa Green, Lexi Murphy, Natalia Pinkney, Emily Marshall, Madison Nadeau and Izzy LaTour. Unfortunately the Tigers got off to a slow start that they couldn’t recover from.

The Cougars swarmed Towson early, putting up three shots in the opening ten minutes and barely letting the Tigers have the ball for more than a few seconds at a time. Then Charleston earned a free kick from 35 yards out, which sophomore forward Lauren Ortega lobbed into the box.

Towson goalkeeper Taylor Sebaolo came off her line to catch the ball but the redshirt junior misread the flight of the ball which deflected off her chest into the box. Sophomore defender Raymara Barreto got to the loose ball first and tapped in into an empty net.

The Tigers then struggled to maintain possession throughout the first half, only managing two shots. Senior midfielder Marissa Green blazed a long effort over the crossbar before heading a tame effort that Lauren Killian easily saved.

Sebaolo was forced into three saves in the opening 45 minutes, while Killian only had to make one. Towson could not create any space or consistently hold onto the ball.

“Our technical ability was off today,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said, “You can make up for a bad day technically with some effort and some determination defensively, we just didn’t do that today.”

The second half started off in a similar fashion as the Cougars were once again able to take advantage of a set piece early on. Senior midfielder took a corner kick for Charleston which Jessica Schifer headed home.

After going down 2-0, the Tigers started to get a foothold into the game. The Tigers had more incisive ball movement but struggled to find a successful final ball. Sophomore forward Katie Fullerton made her presence felt on the right wing constantly creating space and sending in crosses.

Eventually Towson earned a corner with just seven minutes left to play. Midfielder Emily Marshall sent in the cross on the corner and Green powered past several defenders before heading the ball into the net.

“I was winning balls in the air,” Green said of her goal, “I knew I needed to get on the end of another one and put it into the net.”

The Tigers earned a final corner with just under a minute to play. Marshall sent another dangerous cross which bounced around the area for a few seconds before Killian grabbed the ball and sealed the win for the Cougars.

Up next the Tigers will go up to Boston to face league leading Northeastern this Friday at 6 p.m.

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