What a game! I was talking to Joey before the match and I was telling him how pumped I was. I love covering all the Towson games, but there was something in the air. Towson Center field was packed for the NCAA round-two game against visiting Fairfield. As the match started, I knew it was going to be a good one.
In the 40th minute, on their third corner kick in a row, [Kevin Ruck
] put a sketchy header into the net as it slipped through the hands of Fairfield keeper, Jon Paul Francini.
In the second half, a cross from the right hit [Pat Healy's
] feet as he delivered a rocket to the chest of Jon Paul Francini; the ball ricocheted off his chest and to the head of diving Nino Mangione who drove the goal home.
Just when I thought the game was sealed, a penalty kick was issued for Fairfield. [Billy Chiles
]made one of his biggest saves of season blocking it and then recovering his own rebound. The Tigers sealed the victory with that save.
The Tigers now 7-0-1 at home face Wake Forest in the third round of the NCAA tournament.