TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore forward Emily Banes scored a goal for the second straight game, but visiting High Point (2-2-1) used a goal with just over three minutes remaining to earn its second straight win, a 2-1 victory over the Tigers (2-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Soccer Complex.
Sophomore forward Kelli Joline and freshman midfielder Jacky Kessler each scored a goal in the second half as the Panthers earned their second straight one-goal win. They edged Loyola by a 3-2 margin on Friday night.
“I thought the girls came out with a lot of energy today, but we weren’t able to execute under pressure,” Towson Coach Greg Paynter said. “It was disappointing to have a loss today, but we are going to work in training this week on getting our confidence back and prepare for our next game.”
After a scoreless first half, Joline gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute when she scored off a crossing pass from Kessler. Senior midfielder Katie Taber also was credited with an assist after starting the play with a long outlet pass to Kessler.
But, the Tigers answered just under 17 minutes later when Banes scored her second goal of the season off a rebound of a shot by freshman forward Sofia Read.
With 3:20 remaining, Kessler gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage when she headed in a corner kick by junior midfielder Jenny Butler for her second goal of the season.
Joline scored a goal with an assist for the second straight game to lead the Panthers while Kessler tallied her second goal in as many games. Senior goalkeeper Andrea Ritchie made two saves as the Panthers limited Towson to just nine shots, including three in the second half.
Banes led the Tigers in a losing effort by scoring for the second straight game while Read recorded her second assist of the year. Senior goalkeeper Jocelyn Papciak made five saves, including four in the first half.
The Tigers will travel to UMBC on Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Retrievers before hosting Mount St. Mary’s next Sunday at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Panthers will return home to host N.C. State on Friday night at 7 p.m.
College Women’s Soccer: High Point University 2, Towson University 1
High Point (2-2-1) 0-2 / 2
Towson (2-2-0) 0-1 / 1
Goals: HPU – Kelli Joline 1 (52:42), Jacky Kessler 1 (86:40); TOW – Emily Banes 1 (69:07). Assists: HPU – Jacky Kessler 1, Katie Taber 1, Jenny Butler 1; TOW – Sofia Read 1. Saves: HPU – Andrea Ritchie 2 (90:00, 1 goal allowed); TOW – Jocelyn Papciak 5 (90:00, 2 goals allowed). Shots: HPU – 14; TOW – 9. Corner Kicks: HPU – 11; TOW – 3. Attendance: 329.