March 22, 2011

Custer's Hat Trick Leads Towson Past Temple

from press release

TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer recorded the second "hat trick" of her college career by scoring three goals and added an assist to lead the Tigers (3-4) to their second straight win, a 13-10 non-conference victory over Temple University (1-6) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Custer, who has scored eight goals this season, has earned both of her "hat tricks" against the Owls. She scored three goals in last year's 17-9 victory over Temple in Philadelphia.

"Kelly did a great job for us today and had a good presence on the field," Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica said. "I think we were able to make some good things happen on offense today."

After the Tigers took a quick 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into the first half, the Owls used back-to-back goals from sophomore midfielders Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola to take a 2-1 lead with 23:07 left in the first half.

But, the Tigers answered with a pair of goals from Custer and junior Jackie LaMonica to regain their one-goal advantage with 20:31 remaining.

Led by two goals from Swavola, the Owls used a three-goal run over a seven-minute span to take a 5-3 lead with 12:23 left in the opening stanza. However, the Tigers countered with an identical three-goal spurt to take a 6-5 advantage with 8:26 remaining on a goal by sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron.

After the teams exchanged goals, the Owls tied the game at 7-7 with 4:46 left when junior midfielder Karly Cohen scored her eighth goal of the season off an assist from Swavola.

The Tigers opened the second half by scoring five goals over a 15-minute span to take a 12-7 lead with 8:22 remaining in regulation. Senior attacker Jess Dunn scored twice during the spurt while Custer contributed a goal with an assist.

With 5:58 remaining, the Owls ended a nearly 29-minute scoring drought when junior midfielder Allison McWilliams scored her first goal of the season, an unassisted marker past junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters. Just 51 seconds later, junior midfielder Stephanie Markunas scored to narrow the gap to 12-9 before Cohen followed with her fourth goal of the game on a free-position shot with 1:43 left.

But, the Tigers sealed the victory with 16 seconds remaining when senior midfielder Ali Lathroum scored on a free-position shot.

While Custer led the Tigers with a season-high three goals, LaMonica and freshman midfielder Kelly Murkey each contributed two goals with an assist.

Cohen scored a game-high four goals for Temple in a losing effort while Swavola contributed three goals.

The Tigers, who snapped a three-game home losing streak with the victory, will continue their three-game homestand on Friday night when they host the University of Denver at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Meanwhile, the Owls return home on Thursday afternoon to host Lehigh at 3 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:
- The Tigers and the Owls met for just the second time in the all-time series on Tuesday afternoon ... Towson now leads the all-time series by a 2-0 margin.
- Prior to Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers had scored just eight goals in their three home games.
- After being outscored by a 36-15 in the second half during their first five games, the Tigers have outscored their opponents by a 15-5 margin in the second half and overtime periods in the last two games.
- After being limited to just 12 goals in their first three games, the Tigers have scored 46 goals in their last four games ... The Tigers have scored in double digits in three of those four outings.
- Junior attacker Sarah Appelt matched her career high with three assists against the Owls on Tuesday afternoon ... She had three assists against George Washington and UMBC earlier this year.
- Murkey posted her first career multi-goal game in the Tigers' win over Temple on Tuesday.
- Waldron and Dunn both extended their goal-scoring streaks to four straight games ... Over the last four games, Dunn has scored 10 of her 13 goals while Waldron has tallied 9 of her 10 goals.
- Of Custer's eight goals this season, six of them have been scored at home.
- The Owls have allowed 10 or more goals in six of their seven games this year, including each of the last five outings.

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