Taylor Nets Three Goals in Season-Opening Victory
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s soccer squad began its 2019 campaign with a captivating 3-1 triumph over Concordia under the lights at Turner Stadium. The Friday night match featured a pair of goals from Paul McBride, which marked a career-high for the sophomore.
With the victory, Taylor (1-0) has won 11 of its last 14 home openers, while defeating Concordia (0-1) for the fourth-consecutive time.
The visitors struck first on Friday with the help of mayhem at the top of the box. Following a CUAA corner kick, Taylor headed the ball up and away from the goal before it bounced around and fell at the feet of a Cardinal who poked it through for the initial score of the contest.
A defensive battle ensued for the rest of the half, as neither team found great chances at the net. The feel of the game changed with two minutes remaining, as a Concordia foul gave a free kick to Quinn Partain. The sophomore midfielder played a perfect ball to McBride, who headed it in to knot the game at one apiece.
Remaining tied at one, both teams were scrambling for the edge with just over 15 minutes left in the contest. Aggressive play helped TU to a corner kick taken by Owen Hardy. Forward Peter Linn knocked a header that nearly went in before a defender slid in to save it at the last second. McBride found himself in the right spot as he gathered the rebound, dribbled forward and shot the ball into the goal with a deflection off a Cardinal.
TU’s final goal was the result of strong pressure applied by Hardy, forcing a turnover and foul in the box. Josiah Wieland came in for the penalty kick and calmly placed the ball past the goalie to give the Trojans a more comfortable 3-1 advantage.
The TU defense maintained solid play throughout the second half, holding the Cardinals to nine total shots on the night. In the goal for the Trojans, Luke Williams held up his end of the deal, logging two saves to help secure the Taylor lead.
Taylor will return to action at home on Tuesday at 6:00 pm against Lourdes.