Towson tops Camels in double overtime

Towson tops Camels in double overtime

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BUIES CREEK – Towson (5-2-0) forward Emily Banes (Bethpage, N.Y.) scored her fifth and sixth goals of the season, the latter coming with just over two minutes remaining in double overtime to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory over Campbell (4-3-0) on Friday night at Eakes Athletic Complex.

CU controlled play in the first half, outshooting Towson 9-2, but the Camels were unable to convert on several good opportunities. In the 15th minute, freshman Ashley Clark (Cary, N.C.) played a ball from redshirt junior Kirsty Meyer (Fredricksburg, Va.) and fired a shot just wide right of the frame. Just over ten minutes later, Clark had another opportunity off of precision passes from Meyer and senior Pirjo Leppikangas when her shot hit the crossbar.

The Tigers would capitalize on the one scoring opportunity they had in the first half. Amanda Novy took a shot that deflected off the hands of Camel goalkeeper Ryann Torrero (Burbank, Calif.). Banes found herself in the right place for the put-back, as the sequence provided the only two shots Towson accumulated in the first half.

The team roles reversed in the second half, with Towson notching more scoring opportunities and outshooting Campbell 4-2. Torrero kept the Camels in the match in the 71st minute when she collected two difficult saves in quick succession.

Meyer helped CU get level at the 85:27 mark when she took a cross from Leppikangas and headed the ball above the head of Towson keeper Jocelyn Papciak (Columbia, Md.). The goal was Meyer's second of the season.

After the two teams battled through a scoreless first overtime session, it looked as if the game may end in a draw. With just over two minutes remaining, however, Towson forward Cheyenne Skidmore (Eldersburg, Md.) collected a throw-in and crossed the ball in front of the goal to Banes, who sent the ball into the net for the golden goal.

"(The outcome) is a shame because I thought we played some of our best soccer of the year," head coach Todd Clark said about the loss. "We made three critical errors tonight. We didn't finish early on, allowed the soft goal for them to take the lead, and after we came back we lost concentration in the last minute to allow a good player to make a play."

Campbell will conclude its non-conference schedule with a trip to Valparaiso, Ind. next weekend when the team competes in the Crusader Classic. The Camels will match up against Valpo on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. EST. "We have to learn from this and move on, otherwise the experience is worthless," Clark said.

Towson will travel to Raleigh to face N.C. State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.