Towson Women’s Soccer Picks Up First Win of 2016

Towson_WSOC_PinkPHILADELPHIA – Coming out of the halftime break, the Towson University women’s soccer team dominated time of possession. That control ultimately led the game’s only goal as senior Natalia Pinkney put away the game-winner in the 51st minute.

Pinkney knocked home her second goal of the weekend as Towson (1-4-1) picked up its first win of the year at a sun-splashed Temple Sports Complex Sunday afternoon.

How It Happened

  • Towson got the first chance of the game in the eighth minute as Marissa Green saw her attempt halted by Owl keeper Jordan Nash.
  • Temple (2-3-0) had a long possession during a six-minute stretch in the first half, including the Owls’ lone shot on goal of the half. Taylor Sebolao stopped a Gabriella McKeown attempt in the 17th minute.
  • Despite being out-shot 7-4 in the first half, the Tigers put two of those chances on frame. Sophomore Sarah Quick notched Towson’s second shot on goal in the 38th minute but again was stymied by Nash.
  • Neither team could break through as the game went into the break tied 0-0.
  • The Owls came out strong from the break as McKeown put a header chance wide, followed by an Elaine Byerley shot 30 seconds later, but Sebolao kept Temple off the board.
  • On the counterattack, Towson got what proved to be the game-deciding chance in the 51st minute as Emily Marshall slipped a pass through to Pinkney. The speedy senior touched home her second goal of the season on Marshall’s first helper of 2016.
  • Towson’s defense and transition game held strong as the Owls went 20 minutes without a shot of any kind.
  • The Tigers had a chance to extend the lead in the 74th minute as Pinkney crossed in a perfect pass to sophomore McKenzie McCaull. The second-year Tiger got off a shot, but the chance went just wide.
  • Temple took two shots in the final nine minutes of the game, but neither attempt was on the woodwork as Sebolao logged her second shutout this season (St. John’s, August 26).

Behind the Numbers

  • Pinkney tucked home her second goal of the weekend after scoring in the eighth minute against Saint Joseph’s University Friday afternoon.
  • The senior logged the 14th goal of her Towson career, tying her for ninth all-time in program history with Tracy Zettle (1992-95). Sunday’s goal was the sixth game-winner of Pinkney’s career as she moves up into a four-way tie for fourth in program history.
  • Sebolao put up her second shutout of the 2016 season. She now has eight career clean sheets, one shy of a three-way tie for fifth.
  • Towson picked up its first true road victory since besting Iona College 1-0 in New Rochelle, New York on September 6, 2015. Pinkney had the winner in that effort as well.

Next up for Towson

  • Towson continues its road swing next Friday as the Tigers head to the state capital for the Navy Invitational.
  • The Tigers open the Invitational with Bowling Green University at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by a noon game on Sunday against Drake.

What Coach Paynter is Saying

  • I thought that we throughout a bunch of individuals and some personnel changes. They responded well. It motivated some of the people that were playing and I think we got our best 90 minute of the season today.
  • When we get to conference play, we have to go on the road and get some results. A split on the road is a good weekend, and we split this weekend with a team that played Thursday night and had an extra day of rest. I’m really pleased with the total team effort today. We played some really attractive soccer.
  • On Marshall’s Assist: I’d like to think we’re going to top that effort, (Maddie) Bove to Marshall to Pinkney but it was a great setup. The vision from our central midfield to set up the play was outstanding. Overall I was pleased with the creative chances that we got this afternoon.

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