TOWSON, Md. – UMBC women's soccer's junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) registered a career-high 10 saves, but it was not enough to stop Towson from a 2-0 victory in the final game of the Battle of Baltimore on Sunday afternoon at Tiger Soccer Complex.
Loyola takes the title from the weekend event. Senior midfielders Lilly Rydon (Adelaide, South Australia/Concordia College) and Paige Preston (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Retrievers, who came off a six-goal effort against Mount St. Mary's on Friday, fall for the second time in three games to drop to 5-2, while Towson improves to 3-4-1 on the year.
Towson took the early lead, scoring in the fifth minute on a low shot into the corner from senior forward Sofia Read. Read's score was her first of the season and came on a ball from sophomore forward Natalia Pinkney.
The Retrievers put the pressure on senior goalkeeper Erin Quinn as sophomore forward Meg Kowalski (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) chipped a shot off a cross from freshman forward Lisa Nanov (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) 10:39 into the game, but Quinn was there to knock down the shot.
Pinkney helped to add to the lead in the 16th minute, getting off a shot uncontested past Nance for the 2-0 Towson advantage. Nance finished the opening period with six stops on the Tigers' 12 shots.
The Retrievers looked to put the offensive pressure on in the second half, registering five shots and placing three on net but were unable to put one away.
Towson's junior back Nicole Nicholas found the best opportunity of the second stanza, dribbling the ball through the defense and blasting a shot off the cross bar in the 74th minute. Nance followed up with a save on the rebound.
The Retrievers responded with a chance of their own, when senior midfielder Jessy Brown (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) got a head on Nanov's corner kick, but the attempt was blocked by a Towson defender. Nanov followed up with a chip shot of her own, but Quinn was able to jump up and knock it down with 11:40 remaining.
On the Horizon
-UMBC returns to action on Friday, Sept. 19 when it hosts Delaware State at 7 p.m. at Retrievers soccer Park. The Dawgs return home for the first time since snapping a 12-game home win streak.
-Towson takes control of the all-time series, 8-7.