No. 25 Madonna Blanks Taylor
UPLAND, Ind. – The TU men’s soccer team let an early deficit be the difference, as the squad fell 2-0 to No. 25 Madonna on Friday night.
During the rain-filled evening, Taylor (3-3) allowed the Crusaders (2-2) to secure a quick lead before fans found their seats. In the third minute, Madonna tipped in a cross in front of an outstretched Luke Williams and held the advantage the remaining 87 minutes of action.
The Crusaders scored an insurance netter in the 51st minute, off a 15-yard strike that was received off a touch pass.
Williams found himself busy in the net for TU. He had eight saves, pushing his season total to 23. The junior made a diving stop in the 27th minute, by saving the kick with his foot, sending the ball over the crossbar.
Not only was Williams feeling the pressure on defense, so was the rest of the backline. Madonna got off eight shots in the opening period, four were taken in the first 20 minutes.
The Purple and Gold’s offense was unable to put much pressure on Madonna’s goalie throughout the match. TU got off five kicks and zero were on-goal, compared to the Crusaders’ 15 shots. Of those five shots for TU, all were taken by a different player. Noah Rodman tallied his first of the season and of his career.
The last time the Trojans were shutout was on Oct. 28, 2017 at Huntington in a 2-0 contest and the last time it happened at Turner Stadium was Oct. 21, 2017 against Indiana Wesleyan in a 1-0 decision.
Taylor returns to action on Sept. 15, as Indiana Tech (2-2) visits for a 7:00 p.m. match.