TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore C.J. Corey and graduate student Josh Danza each scored their first goals of the season to lead the Towson Tigers (2-2) to an impressive 3-1 come-from-behind victory over the Howard Bison (0-5) Wednesday afternoon at the Tiger Soccer Complex.
The Tigers found themselves in an early hole when Howard’s Donny-Joshua Felix stole the ball and had a breakaway from the Towson defense. Faced with a one-on-one situation with Tiger goalkeeper Felix Petermann, the Bison’s Felix put the ball in the net for a 1-0 Howard lead midway through the first half.
However, the Tigers recaptured the momentum in the second period, when Danza and junior co-captain Christian Höfer scored 1:28 apart from each other to give Towson a 2-1 lead, much to the delight of Towson head coach Frank Olszewski, who was visibly excited on the sidelines.
“We finally broke the dam,” Olszewski said what asked what his emotions were after Danza’s goal. “It was stopped up and scoring a goal in a game like today was a big emotional lift. We hoped once we got one, more would follow.”
For Danza, his header off a corner kick entry pass from Phil Martinelli tied the game at 1-1 in the 71st minute. It was his first career goal in a Tiger uniform.
“It feels great,” Danza said. “I’ve been struggling over the past few games and have not been playing as well as I thought I should be. We came out strong in the second half and kept on pushing.”
Hofer’s second goal in two games proved to be the game-winner, scored 71:46 into the game. Corey’s goal with under 10 minutes remaining gave the Tigers needed insurance to close out the win.
The Tigers also dominated the stat-sheet, outshooting Howard 23-2 in the game and Towson held a corner kick advantage of 13-0.
Prior to the game, the Tigers honored breast cancer survivor Kim Merriken for her fight against the disease. The Tigers wore pink armbands during the game to support breast cancer research and awareness.
Towson will next host local rival Loyola (Md.) on September 11 for a game beginning at 4 p.m.