Towson State and Maine entered last week as the top two soccer teams in the North Atlantic Conference.
Towson came out of it as the best.
The Tigers scored a hard-earned 3-1 win over Maine yesterday before 400 at Towson.
It was the No. 19 Tigers' fourth straight win and their final home game of the season. They improved their record to 13-2 overall, 6-2 in the NAC. Maine, which had won nine straight, is 9-4-1, 4-1-1.
High scorer for the winners again was freshman Petteri Kaijasilta, from Finland. For the fourth straight game, he had two goals.
"With Petteri," said Towson coach Frank Olszewski, "it's double or nothing."
Kaijasilta, who was NAC Player of the Week last week, is, with yesterday's four points, the runaway scoring leader on the Towson team with 31 points.
Towson's other goal -- the first of the game -- was scored by Todd Hicks. Hicks is the team's No. 2 scorer with 14 points. Kaijasilta has 13 goals; Hicks has four.
"Petteri is a skillful and creative player," said Olszewski, in his 14th season as coach at Towson.
The Maine coach, Scott Atherley, took the loss graciously.
"What impresses me about Towson is they fight hard for 90 minutes," he said. "They came out playing hard right from the beginning, but we were slow to get started.
"After we fell behind, 2-0, we had to change our strategy. We pushed Towson and put pressure on them when it was 2-1, but they held on. They earned the win."
Maine held Kaijasilta scoreless in the first half by having a man mark him throughout. When the Black Bears switched to a more offensive style, the way was cleared for Kaijasilta.
Maine's only goal was scored in close on a twisting left-footed kick by Paul Kelly after 72 minutes, 28 seconds.