Towson women turn on power vs. UMBC, 4-0 Tigers defeat Retrievers 1st time in seven attempts

September 19, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The women's soccer team at Towson State did more yesterday than just fan the flames on its hot start. The Tigers also cooled off an opponent that has burned them in the past.

Senior Ashlee Douglas and freshman Emeri Yarnoff each had a goal and an assist to lead the Tigers past visiting UMBC, 4-0, for the first time in seven tries.

Sophomores Kari Colsey and Shelley Seivert also scored as the Tigers (3-1) matched last season's victory total. Junior goaltender Megan Lumsden made eight saves before coming out with about 11 minutes left. It was her second consecutive shutout.

UMBC (5-1) was off to its best start in six years before Towson's aggressiveness put the Retrievers off their game. They gave up all four goals in the first half and were outshot, 15-2, in the period.

"We expected a tough, physical game from them and they were on fire," said first-year UMBC coach Amanda Cromwell, whose team had surrendered only three goals before yesterday.

"We were nonexistent. We were lazy on defense and made a lot of mental errors. That came from them being so physical. We were rattled.

"I was waiting for a game like this. This is exactly the kind we needed. Hopefully, we'll take some positives from it. It'll be interesting to see how we respond."

UMBC had no response to Towson's first goal, which came at 15: 44. Freshman Bridget Harthausen sent a long pass down the right side to Douglas, who collected her third assist of the season by passing to Colsey in front of the net.

Until then, the Tigers had nothing to show for their early dominance except some near misses. Douglas (North Carroll) rolled a shot wide to the right from close range while battling UMBC defender Amie Stone (Perry Hall), and her next attempt was denied by Retrievers freshman keeper Mandy Robins.

"I knew once that first goal came, we'd be fine," Douglas said.

Others would follow. Robins (Atholton) made a couple of difficult saves before Douglas tapped in a pass from Yarnoff at 35: 25. Seivert (Severna Park) then blasted a direct kick from about 40 yards that cleared Robins' outstretched arms and went under the crossbar for her first career goal.

Towson's three previous games were decided by one goal, and first-year coach Ron Rainey expected more of the same yesterday. "But things clicked for us," he said.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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