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Towson Loses 3-2 to NU in Overtime

Published: October 17, 2013

Towson, Md. – Freshman Natalia Pinkney and junior Taylor Knier each scored for Towson in the Tigers' heartbreaking overtime loss to Northeastern, 3-2, Thursday afternoon at Tiger Soccer Complex.


The Huskies (5-7-3, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) scored the first two goals before Pinkney’s shot rattled off the crossbar into the net for Towson (7-9-1, 2-5 CAA). Knier's set piece goal knotted the score at 2-2 to send the game into overtime before Shayna Blackwood's golden goal.

"I think we put ourselves in a hole," said Head Coach Greg Paynter. "That was a great goal by Northeastern and we had to fight our way back. To have to come back from two goals down... We had all the momentum in the second half. It was disappointing not to be able to finish that off."

Northeastern attacked from the opening kick-off. Both Husky first-half goals came within the run of play. Nicole Wilkins scored her first of the season at 4:34 when she dribbled down the right and shot from 25 yards out to beat Tiger keeper Erin Quinn in the far upper corner. Hanna Terry put NU up 2-0 in the 18th minute when she took nearly a mirror opposite shot to Wilkins’.

Pinkney gave the team a lift with her goal at 25:54. Freshman Izzy Latour settled the ball at the top of the 18 yard box and passed to the right to a streaking Pinkney, whose shot curled in and rattled into the goal off the far post.

The Tigers came out with more energy in the second half. Latour nearly scored Towson’s equalizer at 52:25, and Pinkney had her second goal of the game nullified by an offsides call. Latour’s shot missed by inches. NU keeper Paige Burnett had to make two point-blank, back-to-back saves in the 78th minute to keep Towson off the board.

Knier knocked in her first of the year on a set piece. After Towson was awarded a free kick, the junior took the shot from 40 yards. It bounced just in front of the spot and over Burnett's head for the score.

Northeastern's Blackwood put in the game-winner at 97:30 off a feed from Morgan Hilby.

The Huskies outshot Towson, 14-13 and held a 7-4 margin in corner kicks.

Towson returns to action on Sunday, October 20 against Hofstra at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to support breast cancer awareness.

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