TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore Taylor Knier and junior Emily Banes both scored goals, but Towson (1-14-1, 1-7 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) fell, 5-2, to UNC-Wilmington (10-6-1, 5-3 CAA) at home Friday afternoon.
"I thought we came out and attacked," said head coach Greg Paynter. "Even at the start of the second half, when it was 3-2, we came up with a lot of good chances. We really put pressure on them. But they have a really good player up front who slipped behind our defense and finished her chances."
The Seahawks began the game with sustained pressure, which yielded an early score when Stephanie Bronson received a cross from Amanda Holmes and buried her shot low right at 3:00.But Towson answered 10 minutes later when sophomore Katlyn Axenfeld sent a corner kick into the middle of the box. It found the foot of Knier, who one-timed the ball into the net for her first career goal.
UNC-W's Maddie McCormick put the Seahawks back ahead, 2-1, when she took a pass from Stephanie Rose and beat a Towson defender one-on-one at 25:35. But UNC-Wilmington only held the advantage for eight minutes. Banes knotted the score once more after freshman Sarah Bonney sent a cross left from the center of the box to her, and she sent her shot low left to beat Seahawk keeper Caitlin Hunter at 33:04.
However, the Seahawks regained possession off a Towson turnover, McCormick dribbled back down the field and scored the eventual game-winner just 33 seconds later. Although Towson came out of the break and earned two quick corner kicks, UNC-W scored two goals in the middle of the second half to secure the win.
Towson goalkeeper Erin Quinn made four saves, while Hunter added six.
The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Oct. 21 when they host Georgia State at 1 p.m. at the Tiger Soccer Complex. Co-captain Cheyenne Skidmore will be honored in a brief pre-game ceremony for Senior Day.