A close girls soccer game between host Catonsville and Towson ended abruptly when thunderstorms and heavy rain forced the suspension and eventual cancellation of the season opener with Towson leading, 1-0.
Towson was awarded the victory since it is considered an official game once one half is completed.
The game was called with 27:09 left in the second half.
“They made the right call. It was ugly outside,” Catonsville coach Ricky Sanchez said. “It was unfortunate. It was a good game.”
The only goal came with 22:14 remaining in the first half when Towson sophomore midfielder Emma Kirts drilled a shot into the net from 30 yards out over the head of starting goalie Vivian Montgomery-Walsh.
“They started to find some pockets in the middle of the field and I turned around to talk to some of the players and I turned around just in time to see it and the girl settled and she looked up and she had time and space and just let one go,” Sanchez said. “Poor Vivian, it was a great shot. “The ball went up and dipped down and there was nothing she could do about it.”
Catonsville had a solid shot on goal from Kolby Weedon with 15:50 left and another chance for the equalizer 30 seconds later that was headed over the goal by freshman Hazel Montgomery-Walsh.
Amber Weedon almost scored with under eight minutes left, but her shot from inside 10 yards sailed high.
Towson had a strong scoring chance late in the first half when a cross by Amelia Dinsmore led to a chip on goal by Kirts that was saved by Montgomery-Walsh.
Early in the second half ,the Generals really tested the Comets’ defense.
Just 1:28 into the half, Abby Osmeyer had a shot off the post from inside 10 yards.
Catonsville’s Haley Montgomery-Walsh answered with a shot wide from 20 yards out after a corner kick by Aubrie Zepp.
Towson responded and nearly made it 2-0, but Kirts’ shot from five yards out was saved by the legs of second-half goalie Hailey Murray.
Just over six minutes later in the pouring rain, the lightning was visible in the sky and the game was halted.
“They were disappointed and I understand,” Sanchez said. “Towson had the better of the run at the beginning of the second half, so we started to make some adjustments.”
Catonsville is scheduled to play again at Severna Park on Wednesday at 7 p.m., before playing in the Catonsville Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Catonsville plays Chesapeake (A.A) at 12 p.m. and Centennial at 6 p.m. at Catonsville High.
Towson’s next game is is Tuesday, Sept. 12, when they host Sparrows Point at 5:15 p.m.