TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s soccer team will make its first road trip of the season, beginning Tuesday when the team goes to Mount St. Mary’s for a 4 p.m. kickoff.
The Tigers (0-1-0) will be looking to rebound following a tough 1-0 loss to Monmouth Friday at the Tiger Soccer Complex in the team’s season opener.
Though the Tigers were outshot Friday, the team came alive in the second half and pressured Monmouth throughout the frame. The Tigers were able to record seven shots in the second period. Junior forward Olakunle Banjo led the team with three shots for the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Felix Petermann, making his Tiger debut in the net, was brilliant for the Tigers and maintained his composure throughout the game. Despite facing 17 shots, Petermann allowed only a single goal and made four saves.
For The Mount, Tuesday’s game marks the team’s season opener. It will be the second straight Northeast Conference opponent the Tigers have faced to begin the season. Picked sixth in the preseason NEC poll, The Mount returns eight players who played in at least 10 games last season, including goalkeeper Peter Steve and forward Zoncher Dennis. Returning for his sophomore season, Dennis was an instant impact freshman last season, leading the NEC with 11 goals.
“We expect Mt. St. Mary's to be a real challenge,” Towson head coach Frank Olszewski said. ”They certainly have quite a few players who can change a game and we have to be aware of them. We will need to be at our best and be up to the task from start to finish."
Following Tuesday’s game, the Tigers will remain on the road and face Albany Saturday in New York. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Great Danes by a 4-1 score at home. Banjo had two goals in the victory.