Banjo Becoming Focal Point of Tiger Offense
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 07/07/2012

TOWSON, Md. - Towson junior Olakunle Banjo, a member of the Tiger men's soccer team, has scored a total of 11 goals in his first two seasons on the team and will be looking to take his game to the next level in the 2012 campaign.

Banjo, a Third Team All-CAA selection as a sophomore, scored 10 points last season and has 29 for his career.

Despite the team's 3-11-2 record from a year ago, Towson Coach Frank Olszewski is optimistic that Banjo (known as "Kay" to those close to him) can help lead the Tiger turnaround this season as they aim for a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

"Kay is a player who brings both technical skill and tactical knowledge of the game to the team process," Olszewski said. "He has the physical capabilities to help to continue to push the team to a higher level. He has a real passion and love of the game, which translates to his everyday approach which shows on the field. He also takes a pounding from other team's defenders. In his development, he will need to build a stronger base to withstand that punishment."

Getting Banjo to be a major part of the offense will surely benefit the Tigers, as the team was 2-1-0 last season when Banjo scored a goal. The team earned its first win of the season in a 4-1 win over Albany, when he set a career-high with five points (two goals, one assist) in the victory over the Great Danes.

Banjo also scored a goal in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over UNC Wilmington in addition to scoring a goal against George Mason.

With four game-winning goals in his first two seasons, Banjo has also proven to be a clutch performer and should approach the 19 points he scored as a freshman with a healthy 2012.



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