Towson ousts top seed Drexel in NAC soccer


PHILADELPHIA -- Freshmen Richard Moller and Petteri Kaijasilta each contributed a goal and a an assist as No. 14 Towson State beat top-seeded Drexel, 4-1, in the semifinals of the North Atlantic Conference tournament yesterday before 350 at Drexel Field.

The Tigers (14-3) tied the school single-season record for victories.

Towson State will face second-seeded and two-time league champion Boston University, which was a 4-0 winner over Hartford, for the championship tomorrow afternoon. The winner receives an automatic bid to the 32-team NCAA tournament.

Towson State, which had lost all six previous games played at Drexel, took a 1-0 lead at the 24:52 mark when sophomore Kevin Henderson (Liberty) headed in a pass from Moller.

"Getting the first goal early was the key," said Frank Olszewski, the NAC Coach of the Year. "They're a counterattacking team, and scoring against them early took them out of what they like to do."

Less than 10 minutes later, Moller's sixth goal of the season made it 2-0.

The Tigers increased their lead to 3-0 just 24 seconds before halftime when Erik Washington (Meade) scored on a breakaway. Kaijasilta, the NAC's Rookie of the Year, scored with 19:03 remaining to raise the Tigers' lead to 4-0.

The Dragons (11-5-3), who were unbeaten in eight home games, avoided the shutout on a goal by Robert Peffle with 28 seconds remaining. Towson State goalkeeper Ethan Jennings made six saves.

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