Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Towlen’s 103rd Minute Goal Sends Wilkes Women’s Soccer Past Eastern 1-0

EDWARDSVILLE – Nicolette Towlen scored in the 103rd minute to send the No. 1 seed Wilkes University women’s soccer team past No. 4 Eastern University in the semifinals of the 2017 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) at Schmidt Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Wilkes started off the scoring chances in the 22nd minute with a couple of chances after a loose ball was played into the box allowing Towlen a shot opportunity in front of the net that was blocked.


Eastern earned its first opportunity in the 30th minute with a corner kick that was bounced around in the box and successfully cleared by the Lady Colonels.

Wilkes earned its second scoring chance of the game a couple seconds later when Emily Wirth took a long pass and had Jessica Egan alongside her sprinting up the middle of the field on a two-on-one however Egan passed the Eagles last defender before the pass was made resulting in an offside.

In the 31st minute the Lady Colonels again found themselves on the doorstop in the form of a Towlen shot from 20 yards out that beat the goalkeeper but caromed off of the crossbar.

Both teams entered halftime with matching 0-0 scores.

Wilkes possessed the ball for most of the first 15 minutes of the second half with its best scoring chance coming on a shot that Towlen put in the upper right corner past Eastern’s keeper that was called back on an offside call.

The Eagles came within inches of taking the first lead, earning back-to-back corner kicks with the second ending in a header that was saved by Courtney Stanley after getting deflected by a Lady Colonel defender that was followed by a second shot that was put over the crossbar, keeping the score tied at zero.

Wilkes defender Megan Lercara put the Lady Colonels second shot of the night off the crossbar in the 72nd minute, intending to play a ball into the box that carried over the goalkeeper almost breaking the seal but ultimately bouncing harmlessly out of bounds.

Towlen had another opportunity in the 87th minute when Delfina Bracchi played a ball in that allowed Towlen to spin past her defender on the left side of the goal and place a shot back across the right side that went wide right.

The two teams ended regulation with the score remaining 0-0.

Neither team garnered a scoring opportunity in the first extra period as the score remained 0-0.

Towlen sent the Lady Colonels into a frenzy in the 103rd minute when Ema Sabovic played into the box with Towlen unopposed, allowing about five seconds for Towlen to set up a shot the dribbled into the bottom left corner followed by a dog pile on the 10 yard line.

Courtney Stanley made three saves to earn her tenth shutout of the season, moving out of a tie with Kate Mahoney ’16 and setting a new program record in the process.

The Lady Colonels will now face No. 2 seed Misericordia University in the finals following the Cougars 2-0 win in the other semifinal matchup, with the game occurring at a time to-be-determined at Schmidt Stadium.

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