Indiana Tech Sneaks By TU in Double Overtime
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A back and forth matchup fell away from the Trojans on Saturday, as the Warriors found the back of the net in the second overtime for a 3-2 Taylor defeat.
Taylor (2-1) and Indiana Tech (1-0) battled evenly throughout the first half. Both teams were aggressive on defense but eventually let a goal slip by.
Paul McBride helped the Trojans impact the scoreboard first, heading in a beautiful cross from the senior Michael Maloney for his third score of the year. TU pushed the ball forward, following a Warrior turnover before Josiah Wieland played the ball to Maloney who was making a run down the sideline.
Indiana Tech answered quickly, notching a goal of its own just less than five minutes later. The home squad also collected another chance after drawing a foul in the box. The ensuing penalty kick sailed high, nullifying the scoring opportunity.
Halfway through the second half, the Warriors found an advantage with a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead. Fighting to stay in the game, TU found a play of its own towards the goal and got its own penalty kick. Wieland stepped up with his second goal of the season, tying the match at two in the 81st minute.
In the waning minutes of regulation, Luke Williams made a pair of diving saves to keep the match alive and force an overtime period. The senior finished with nine saves on the night.
Indiana Tech was the team to come through in the end, converting on a free kick from just outside of the box in the second overtime period. In their second-consecutive double overtime match, TU fell 3-2.
The TU squad will look to bounce back against Saint Francis (IL) (1-0-1) on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.