WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Katie Johnston scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute, as the William and Mary women’s soccer team captured its fourth straight Colonial Athletic Association victory, with a, 2-1 triumph over Towson.
William and Mary, which is unbeaten in its last 11 matches, improves to 7-1-4 overall and 4-0-0 in CAA play, while Towson drops to 7-7-1, 2-3-0.
The College had the first chance of the night in just the fourth minute of the match. Junior Anna Madden uncorked a shot on target, but Towson goalkeeper Erin Quinn made the stop.
William and Mary kept the pressure up and had three chances in just under a minute. In the 22nd minute, Johnston had her header blocked. The deflection landed on the foot of senior Audrey Barry, who was able to put a shot on frame that was saved. The final chance came in the 23rd minute, sophomore Nicole Baxter had a look, but her shot sailed high.
At the break, the game remained scoreless. The Tribe held the possession for the majority of the first half, outshooting the Tigers, 8-3, including a 4-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Towson opened the second half on the attack. The Tigers had a shot from Nicole Nicholas just three minutes in, but the shot was high. The Tribe and sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Casey withstood two more chances over the next five minutes. The first, a shot from Sofia Read was saved by Casey. Moments later, Kaitlyn Axenfeld had a chance but she missed high.
William and Mary began to pick-up the pressure in the 70th minute. The first chance came on a header from Johnston that was saved. In the 74th minute, sophomore Samantha Cordum had her shot blocked, setting up a corner kick.
On the corner kick, senior Ali Heck served the ball, perfectly, into the box and found Johnston, who headed the ball into the upper left corner. The tally, which gave the Tribe a 1-0 advantage, was the third of the season for Johnston.
Towson battled to find the equalizer in the match’s closing minutes. In the 78th minute, Amanda Novy fired a shot, but Casey once again came up with the stop. Again in the 80th minute, Emily Banes fired a shot, but it was blocked out of play.
Casey finished with three saves in the match, all in the second period. The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Chesapeake, Va. native, who lowered her goals-against-average to 0.61.
With the win, William and Mary moves its unbeaten streak to a 11-matches, which is the longest such streak since 2011. That year, the Tribe won 11 straight matches. The win also secured the Tribe’s 32nd straight season with a winning record.
The Tribe continues its season-long four-match home stand when they welcome new CAA rival the College of Charleston to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.