Towson Weathers Red Storm to Draw With St. John’s

Towson_WSOC_PinkTOWSON, Md. – It would not be a women’s soccer game at Towson University if there wasn’t overtime. The Tigers played St. John’s University, which received votes in this week’s NSCAA Coaches’ Poll, to a 0-0 draw.

At a hot and muggy Tiger Soccer Complex, senior goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao recorded the eighth shutout of her Black & Gold career. She is one clean sheet shy of a three-way tie for fifth place at Towson. Yasmin Alter and Megan Lumsden recorded nine shutouts.

How It Happened

  • St. John’s had the first chance of the game as Mariela Jacome took a shot after an Alexis Urbanski shot, but Sebolao broke up the scoring chance.
  • The Tigers (0-2-1) countered downfield as rookie Elizabeth Coletti sent into a ball to McKenzie McCaull. Left with little choice, Red Storm keeper Diana Poulin came out of the goal and made a save as McCaull got a shot off.
  • Midway through the first half, St. John’s (2-0-1) got off two shots, one from Shea Connors and the other from Madeline McCracken, both stopped by Sebolao.
  • The Red Storm had two more chances in the half as Samie Scaffidi and McCracken took shots that went wide right and high, respectively.
  • Towson was out-shot 9-1 in the first half, but the Tiger defense weathered the Red Storm and allowed just three chances on frame, all stopped by Sebolao.
  • St. John’s, which reached the NCAA Tournament last season, controlled the pace early, getting four shots and two corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
  • McCaull had another chance at breaking the deadlock in the 62nd minute but was once again stymied by Poulin.
  • A stout defense in front, the Tigers blocked six Red Storm shots, including one in the 68th minute. Towson got a lucky bounce a minute later as an Alexa Dolgos shot clanged off the top corner of the goal, forcing the Tigers’ first overtime of the season.
  • St. John’s had the lone chance in the first overtime as Morgan Tinari sent the would-be game-ender towards goal, opposite where Sebolao was guarding, but was thwarted by a Tiger defender on the backline.
  • Towson was held without a shot in overtime, while the Johnnies took three, including two in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Behind the Numbers

  • Friday’s game was the 10th-straight Towson game at the Tiger Soccer Complex that was decided by either one goal or resulted in a tie, and the 14th in the last 16 tilts at home.
  • The 26 shots taken by St. John’s were the second-most taken by a Towson opponent this season, two shy of the Georgetown game. The 26 shots represent that most opponent shots at the Tiger Soccer Complex since Saint Francis took 28 in a double overtime game on September 18, 2015.
  • Sebolao was credited with seven saves in the game, her best outing since knocking away 12 College of Charleston shots on Oct. 16, 2015. It was her highest save total at home since also making a dozen saves against Hofstra on October 9, 2015.
  • Friday’s draw was the first time in the series history St. John’s had not scored against Towson. The Red Storm won the previous two meetings by the same 1-0 count.

Next up for Towson

  • The Tigers will hit the road on Sunday, heading to former Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foe George Mason University.
  • Towson and the Patriots will tussle at George Mason Stadium under the lights with a 7 p.m. start.
  • The Patriots (2-0-1) played Thursday evening, topping local rival American University 2-1.
  • George Mason leads the all-time series 10-1-0 as the teams meet for the first time as non-conference opponents.

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