Clodgo Ignites No. 23 TU’s Offense in Shutout Win
UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 23 Taylor offense used four different players to score during its 5-0 routing of Cornerstone Tuesday afternoon at Turner Stadium, of those four, three scored the first goals of their careers.
Ali Clodgo, Kate Kortenhoeven and Emma Walsh scored their first netters in a Trojan (6-0-2) uniform, while Clodgo scored twice in the contest. Morgan Orme added a goal to help the cause, which was the sophomore’s second of the season.
The scoring started early and often for the newly ranked No. 23 team in the country, after the NAIA Top-25 polls came out this afternoon, scoring three times in the first half and twice in the second. The Golden Eagles (4-2-0) attempted six shots in the contest, compared to Taylor’s 15. The Purple and Gold had a 10-5 shots on-frame tilt.
Clodgo tacked on her first goal of the afternoon in the 13th minute, coming off a pass from Hannah Davis.
After the cheering and celebrating settled, Taylor added another goal five minutes later, this time coming from Orme. Savannah Porter dribbled the ball a third of the way on the pitch toward the goal and dished it off the Orme, who sent the ball sailing into the upper-left corner to push the lead to 2-0.
Kate Kortenhoeven scored her goal off a left-footed strike, just after making a defender miss near the goal in the final five minutes of the half.
Clodgo scored her second goal of the game in the second half, coming from Davis once more. Davis put up a shot and it was deflected by Cornerstone’s goalie, allowing the freshman to sprint in for the put-back and increased the TU lead to 4-0.
Walsh scored her first-collegiate goal with the assistance of Rebekah Schwulst, who tallied her first-career assist. Schwulst split two defenders with her pass and Walsh was able to put enough strength into the kick to get it passed the diving goalie.
For the rest of the offense, Laura Kladde, Danielle Toren and Waltz each had two shot attempts.
Taylor’s defense displayed why they are one of the top ranked teams in the country and earned its third-straight shutout and fourth overall for the year.
Megan Williams and Lauren Engelkes split time in the net for the fourth time this year. Both goalies saved two shots and lowered the team’s goals-against average to .711. Williams got the decision and improved her season record to 4-0-2.
The Purple and Gold return to the pitch on Friday, as they travel to Campbellsville (5-2-0) for the last non-conference match of the season. The contest is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.