Taylor’s Season Comes to End in NAIA Tournament
PULASKI, Tenn. – The Taylor women’s soccer squad competed in the NAIA National Championship Tournament for the first time in program history on Friday. A rainy and muddy match got away from the Trojans, as the team fell 4-1 against Columbia.
Columbia (19-3) was quick to strike, utilizing great passing and ball movement to score in the first three minutes of action. The Cougars continued to find space, logging three shots for three goals by the 16th minute.
TU (12-5-2) created a few opportunities in the first half, including a free kick that was headed in by Linli Tu but an offside call denied the score. Morgan Orme also had a strong run at the goal but was ultimately stopped by a Cougar save.
The Trojans came out with an aggressive approach in the second half, looking for a comeback rally. The TU squad found the back of the net in the 86th minute, after a stellar pass from Hannah Waltz to Emma Walsh set up the lone goal for Taylor.
Walsh, Orme and Jourdan Lehman each posted a shot on goal, as the team notched two shots per half.
Eight Trojans will move on from the TU women’s soccer squad, Sarah Bade, Lauren Cammarano, Hannah Davis, Danielle Toren, Megan Williams, Waltz, Lehman, and Walsh. Together the group has combined for 263 starts and 356 appearances, while earning the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Tournament for head coach Scott Stan.
TU returns 17 lettermen to next year’s squad and eight starters, as well as three of its top-four goal-scorers from the 2019-2020 season.