Towson teamwork leads to 1-0 win over Eastern Tech in girls soccer

Liz Rockhill's goal to give Generals all the scoring they need

September 17, 2014|By Glenn Graham | The Baltimore Sun

In its impressive first two weeks of the season, the Towson girls soccer team has thrived as each players has shown a good understanding of their role.

Sophomore forward Liz Rockhill's job is to win balls down the right side and then score or set up teammates.

So far, she's done exemplary work.

Rockhill was a constant threat in the Generals' home game against Baltimore County rival Eastern Tech on Wednesday and her opportunistic play paid off with a goal early in the second half. Towson controlled play most of the remaining time to come away with a well-earned 1-0 victory over the Mavericks.

In their 4-0 start, the Generals have scored 16 goals and allowed none. Rockhill has done much of the work on offense and stepped up again in the tightly-contested game against the Mavericks (2-1).

After a throw-in was sent inside the penalty area on the right side, Rockhill pushed forward to win the ball, took a quick look to see where Eastern Tech goalie Ryan Jones was and then neatly placed a shot inside the far post from eight yards away. The goal came three minutes into the second half.

"It kind of bounced around in the middle a little bit and I just kept pushing forward. It hit off a couple players' feet and I was there to tuck it away," Rockhill said. "You just got to keep pushing forward and keep taking shots and one will eventually fall for you."

At the halftime break, Towson coach Matt Clifford talked about coming out fast in the first five minutes and then dictating play. The Generals did just that, continuing to win possession while protecting their advantage.

With 10 minutes to play, Rockhill had another shot get past Jones, but Eastern Tech defender Lacey Lamont alertly cleared the chance off the goal line. It gave the Mavericks hope and they finally made a push in the remaining time.

Midfielder Brianna Billings got behind the Generals' defense on the right side, but goalie Katie Flores (four saves) had the tough angle covered and turned away the chance. Along with Flores' flawless play, the Generals got superb play from stopper back Amy Trueschler and sweeper Jamie Schneidereith, while defensive midfielder Ellie Dinsmore helped control the middle.

What has been the key to Towson's fast start?

"Determination," Clifford said. "The girls want it. The coaches can do everything they can but, at the end of the day, it comes down to them. They've got to do it and that's where the family part comes in. I really think because we're so tight, it makes all the difference."

Eastern Tech coach Kim Williams, whose Mavericks were coming off solid wins against rivals Hereford and Loch Raven, was disappointed to see her team get outworked for most of the game.

"It was a bad day for us," she said. "Hopefully, we can shake it off and come back and turn it around for the rest of the games. We had two nice wins against two good rivals and then we got a little bit of reality today. We were just flat and looked a little tired."

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Girls soccer

Towson 1, Eastern Tech 0

Goals: T -- Rockhill

Saves: ET – Jones 7; T – Flores 4

Half: 0-0

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