Fairfax, Va. - Senior Cheyenne Skidmore tallied two goals and freshman Katie Ponce added another, but the Towson women's soccer team (1-15-2, 1-8-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) dropped a 4-3 decision to George Mason (7-11-1, 3-6-1 CAA) Wednesday evening at George Mason Stadium.
With her goals, Skidmore moved into fourth place all-time with 58 points (19g, 20a). Ponce had her first multi-point game with her first career goal and an assist on one of Skidmore's tallies.
"The performance Cheyenne put on this past weekend and tonight shows why she is one of the top five performers of all time at Towson," said head coach Greg Paynter. "She is irreplaceable on the field, but her work ethic off the field makes her a pretty special role model for the younger players."
"The captains really took the lead at the half," Paynter continued. "Our performance in the first half was lackluster and unacceptabl,e and the captains really spurred us on to a much better second half with their passion and leadership.
Towson produced all of its offense in the second half. George Mason led 2-0 at the break, but Skidmore cut George Mason's advantage in half with her first goal in the 63rd minute. She received a pass from Ponce and lifted the ball over Patriots keeper Lyndse Hokanson. Ponce evened the game at 2-2 when she slid a pass from junior Emily Banes into the back of the net at 69:15. However, Mason moved back in front, 3-2, when Sydney Mitchell controlled a teammate's shot that had bounced off the crossbar and sent it back into the goal 17 seconds later.
Skidmore knocked in her second of the match at 81:02, taking advantage of confusion in front of the net to score off a Sofia Read pass and tie the game again, 3-3. But when Towson was called for a foul in the box just over a minute later, Jazmin Cardoso converted the resulting penalty kick for the game-winner.
Sophomore Erin Quinn made seven saves in net for Towson, while Hokanson made one save for Mason.
""This season was not what we wanted," noted Paynter. "But this team's spirit really showed through late in the season in our comebacks against Georgia State on Sunday and at George Mason tonight. The team is committed to improving. We have a lot of young players who are still learning and working toward their potential."