TOWSON, Md. – Junior forward Cheyenne Skidmore scored the game’s only goal in the 77th minute to lead the Tigers (9-8-0, 4-5-0) to their fourth win in the last five games, a 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Drexel University (5-8-4, 3-4-2) at the Tiger Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.
The win allowed the Tigers to remain in the hunt for a CAA Tournament berth. The top six teams will earn a spot in the tournament, which will be held at William & Mary from November 3-6.
“I thought we played well today, especially since it was a back and forth game,” Towson Coach Greg Paynter said. “Drexel is a very good defensive team and we came in knowing that it is tough to get behind them and score. This was a defensive battle and we were persistent in our game plan and it paid off with the goal in the second half.”
From there, the Tiger defense held Drexel to just one shot en route to earning the fourth shutout of the season.
While Skidmore led the Tigers with her second game-winning goal of the season, senior goalkeepers Jocelyn Papciak and redshirt freshman Lindsay Irving combined to post the shutout. Papciak made three saves in 68 minutes before leaving due to an injury. Making her first career appearance, Irving recorded one save and earned the first win of her college career.
Freshman goalkeeper Eva Badana, the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, made two saves as Drexel was outshot by a 10-7 margin.
The Tigers, who have won back-to-back games by a 1-0 margin, will play their final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon when they host the University of Delaware at 1 p.m. The Tigers will honor their five seniors in pre-game ceremonies.
College Women’s Soccer: Towson University 1, Drexel University 0
Drexel (5-8-4, 3-4-2) 0-0 / 0
Towson (9-8-0, 4-5-0) 0-1 / 1
Goals: DREX – n/a; TOW – Cheyenne Skidmore 1 (76:35). Assists: DREX – n/a; TOW – Emily Banes 1, Katlyn Axenfeld 1. Saves: DREX – Eva Badana 2 (90:00, 1 goals allowed); TOW – Jocelyn Papciak 3 (67:54, 0 goals allowed), Lindsay Irving 1 (22:06, 0 goals allowed). Shots: DREX – 7; TOW – 10. Corner Kicks: DREX – 4; TOW – 6. Attendance: 243.
Game Notes: Friday’s game marked the 15th meeting in the all-time series between Towson and Drexel … The Tigers lead the all-time series by a 9-5-1 margin … In addition, it marked the 10th game in the series that has been decided by a goal or less … The Dragons have a 3-2-1 record in their last six games against Towson … The four CAA wins by the Tigers are the most since joining the conference in 2002 … Friday’s game also marked the first time the Tigers have won at home by a 1-0 margin since Sept. 24, 2009, a 1-0 victory over Virginia Commonwealth … It is also the first time that the Tigers have won back-to-back 1-0 games since the 2008 season when they edged Lafayette (Aug. 31) and Rider (Sept. 4) … With nine wins, the Tigers have their most victories since the 2007 season when they posted a 9-8-1 record in Paynter’s first year … Skidmore moved into sole possession of third place on the Tigers’ single-season points list and now has 25 points this year … In addition, she scored the 13th goal of her college career, moving into a tie for eighth place in school history … Skidmore has been involved in 9 of the Tigers’ last 11 goals, scoring three times with six assists … The Tigers are 4-2 this year when Skidmore scores a goal … Axenfeld recorded the first assist of her college career on Friday afternoon … Senior midfielder Courtney McKee tied the school record by playing in her 76th career game on Friday … She shares the record with Tina Steck (1997-00), Bridget Harthausen (1996-99) and Jenn Cook (1997-00) … The Tigers are now 7-2 this year when scoring first and have a 5-4 record in one-goal games … Drexel has been limited to just one goal in its last 587 minutes, 56 seconds, dating back to a scoreless tie against Northeastern on Oct. 2.