The Ups and Downs of Towson Soccer

A common simile in sports is to compare the events of an athletic season to that of a roller coaster.  Success and failure, up follows down, more success and more failure.  It’s a formula that most teams can relate too.  For this year’s Towson University mens soccer team, it was no different.

Pre-season match results had fans excited following a 3-1 start to the season.  A disappointing 1-0 loss to local rival UMBC, was the start of a four-game losing streak

At this point in the season it was a matter of, “Becoming Towson,” junior defender and co-captain, Scott Horta said.

Horta along fellow co-captain, sophomore goalkeeper John Steele took time to discuss their early season feelings and how they would prepare for the season ahead.

The Tigers then found some success with a 2-1 road win over a very talented George Mason University team, followed by a 2-1 win at home over, then no.20, Old Dominion University.

But what goes up must come down, and that the Tigers did as they would then lose their next two road matches. 

The results that followed only solidified the roller coaster description of the season.  A win at home versus the University of Delaware preceded a loss at Virginia Commonwealth.

With its playoff hopes on the line, the Tigers would face Hofstra University at home.  On a rain-soaked field, Towson fell to the Pride, 1-0, thus ending any chance of a playoff appearance this season.

The Tigers would then split the remaining matches on the schedule, winning at home against Georgia State and losing to James Madison on the road in the season finale.

With no playoff berth to speak of, the Tigers can hang their collective hat on the expectations of next season

In the meantime, players will continue to train for the anticipated following season.  Here are a few training tips and exercises for soccer players looking to improve their fitness level during the off-season.

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