By Nelson Coffin, firstname.lastname@example.org
10:59 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
Both Towson High and archrival Dulaney received an early taste of inclement fall weather, playing in intermittent showers and a cool, stiff breeze from the north in Towson on Thursday afternoon.
Only the Generals (3-0), though, enjoyed the warmth of a victory after holding off the Lions, 2-1, to remain unbeaten.
Playing against the wind, Dulaney, which could have been feeling the residual effects of a scoreless tie with county powerhouse Perry Hall two days earlier, still managed to strike first when senior midfielder Zach Gude knocked in the rebound of his own strike off the right post early in the first half.
Undaunted, Towson, 2-1 winners over Eastern Tech on Tuesday, quickly retorted on junior forward Kelton Lynch's equalizer on a clever shot that found the net after slipping between the legs of Lion sophomore keeper Patrick Larkin.
Then Towson spurted ahead when senior forward Brennan Young one-timed a long throw from junior defender Garrett Gischel.
The problem after that for the Generals was dealing with the wind and Dulaney's aggressive frontline.
"We used five midfielders across to try to stop them," longtime Towson coach Randy Dase said, noting that junior striker Joel Modesto was part of the group. "We told our guys at halftime that we would probably be playing all defense, but I thought we had a couple of good scoring chances, too."
Dase said he moved 6-foot-3 senior Dylan Weber to sweeper to complement Gischel and seniors Eric Laughlin and Teo Walker in the back.
While the Lions did build a couple of scoring opportunities behind senior Oneall Mogliazzi and sophomore Brian Rendon, Towson senior goalie Will Thornton only had to make one save to preserve the lead.
"I really think the wind and the rain helped us today," Dase said. "I'd hate to play them on a dry field."