It was a highly productive day for the Towson High girls’ soccer team Monday afternoon as the Generals worked their way past the Maryvale Prep, 4-1, in a non-league matchup.
“We started out short three of our starters, so we were under the gun right from the beginning, but we had some younger girls step up,” Towson coach Jeff Tessier said. “I think the girls passed well and I think the most important thing we did today that we haven’t done all year is to finish.”
The explosiveness of the Generals’ offense was visible, especially in the early minutes of both halves. Towson senior Emily Atkinson put the first point on the board in the game’s fourth minute, following up a blocked shot.
It was shorter period after the second half’s starting whistle as Taylor McDonald strike the ball from more than 20 yards out and lifted it over a diving Maryvale goalie Katie Smith for a 2-0 lead.
“We worked with a lot of through balls and give-and-goes, especially following through on the goalie,” Atkinson explained of the scoring spree. “It worked very well.”
Five minutes later, Atkinson put her athleticism on display, outrunning her defender to down the right sideline, leaping over a slide-tackle and chipping the ball over a charging Smith for her second goal and 3-0 General advantage. In the 67th minute, senior Mae Tunney scored Towson’s first penalty goal in four attempts.
“This is a very good team, this Towson team,” Lions’ coach Colin Devlin said. “They were a really good challenge for us.”
The Lions had a number of shots on the goal in the first half, many of them coming from senior Suzanne Patinella, but it was fellow senior Erin Phillips who knocked a one-touch ball into the back of the net for the team’s only score of the day in the second half.
“With 27 shots on the goal, we have to work on really getting the ball through to develop a better shot,” Devlin said.
The Lions turned their attention to their first IAAM game Wednesday against St. Mary’s.
“We are looking for our starters on the defensive side of the ball, and we let up some soft goals,” Devlin said. “We are pretty strong from the middle forward, and we start our league play on Wednesday, so these non-league and scrimmage games are more for finding out where we are.”
“Our biggest problem that we had last year was putting the ball in the goal,” said Tessier, whose team plays Sparrows Point. “I have stressed that this year, and we have 11 seniors this year, and I have told them that they need to take every opportunity that they have every game, and to understand that every possession is precious.”
Towson 4, Maryvale Prep 1
Goals: Towson-Atkinson 2, McDonald, Tunney; Maryvale-Phillips.
Saves: Towson- Sporre 7, Dwyer 5; Maryvale-Smith 4.
Half: Towson, 1-0.