The LIU Brooklyn Women’s Soccer team looked strong early on against Towson, but unlucky bounces put them in a 2-0 hole just 10 minutes into the game and the Blackbirds could not mount a comeback losing 3-0 at LIU Field Sunday afternoon.
“That’s the hardest part going down early to be honest,” head coach Tracey Bartholomew said. “The one goal fine, you’re still in the game, but to give up the second goal and you are just chasing from behind. We’ve been struggling lately and then you go down two that’s tough. We were definitely disappointed for sure.”
The Blackbirds drop to 2-6-1 on the season and have now lost three in a row. The fact that they are struggling doesn’t bother Bartholomew as she knew they were a young team, but the fact that they seem to be regressing is what’s bothering the coach.
“Considering we were in many games losing or winning by only one goal and now we’re losing by two or three goals is a bit tough,” Bartholomew explained. “We’re a young team and we’re playing like a young team. It’s frustrating because I thought we would have been better by now. ”
Not that the Blackbirds didn’t have their chances in this game. Despite the goals, they did look solid early on and spent most of the first half in the offensive zone. Senior Shino Kunisawa had a golden opportunity during the seventh minute, but Towson goalie Erin Quinn made a spectacular save on a one-timer.
Junior Jen Spicer managed to find the back of the net in the second half, but the goal was negated after referees ruled LIU Brooklyn offsides. A call that had many people scratching their heads.
“I gotta watch that on video because I’m not sure who they called offsides,” Bartholomew said. “It’s disappointing because Jenn has been working so hard to score a goal and it was a tough call.”
When that goal was disallowed it pretty much killed any chance for a Blackbird comeback as it was 3-0 in the 83rd minute.
“That’s the game,” Bartholomew admitted. “We’ve been on good sides of that and bad sides, it’s a little disheartening because we really needed that goal to answer back.”
Rhianna Zalewski, Emily Banes and Ariana Rinda had the goals for Towson. Jessica Sexton made six saves for the Blackbirds. Their next game won’t be until Sunday Sept. 29 against Columbia. That match will be their final non-conference game of the season.