UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojan women’s soccer team extended its program-record start to the year, as the Trojans racked in their sixth-consecutive shutout to start the 2021 campaign.
TU took the pitch after having received three votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 poll, in which the Trojans were recognized for their strong start to the season. Even though Georgetown began the match with aggressive play, Taylor maintained the season’s momentum by quickly commanding the flow of the game.
In the first half alone, TU fired off 26 shots, 11 of which landed on frame. The Tiger defense was stubborn throughout, however, as Georgetown kept the net clean. Goalie, Lani Irwin, recorded 11 saves, and her team’s back line defense was simply outstanding as the Tigers made five team-saves in the first 45-minutes of play.
Seniors, Erin Teevans and Linli Tu, led Taylor’s relentless first-half offense, each taking seven shots a piece. Yet, the match moved into the half tied 0-0.
TU refused to slow its effort in the second half, taking another 19 shots in the final-45, giving the Trojans a total of 45 shots for the match. Freshman, Audrey Grimm, finally broke the tie in the sixth-minute of the half. Sophomore, Claire Massey, lined up a corner kick and ripped a solid strike to the back side of the net, where Grimm scored her third goal of the season via her head.
Now up 1-0, Taylor continued the attack, striking seven more shots before Tu sent one of hers into the net. Tu followed Grimm’s lead by using her head as well, this time, however, the assist was made by sophomore forward, Chloe Sena. Sena, recently named the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week, made a defender miss before offering a beautiful pass cross-field, where Tu made her fourth goal of the season look easy.
While the Trojan offense controlled the ball for much of the match, TU’s defense continued its incredible start to the 2021 campaign. Taylor limited Georgetown to a mere six shots, in drastic contrast to TU’s 45 total shots on the day. Only two of the Tigers’ shot landed on frame, both of which were saved by Taylor goalie, Hannah Brackenbury.
Taylor leads the nation with six shutouts and has now extended its program-record for consecutive shutouts to start a season to six. Taylor’s win marks the first time the Trojans have recorded six-consecutive shutouts since 2008. The team has also started the season 6-0 for the first time since beginning the year 9-0 in 2016.
TU (6-0-0) will look to extend its record-start to the year, as the Trojans play Indiana-Tech (3-2-0) on the road this Saturday, September 18, at 4:00 pm.