Trojans Win Third Straight Match Behind Offensive Explosion
UPLAND, Ind. – Playing against Bethel for the second time in three days, Taylor put together one of their most dominant performances in program history, scoring double-digit goals and receiving multiple career-best showings in a 12-0 triumph.
The 12 goals were the second most scored in Scott Stan’s tenure as head coach, and the second most since scoring 14 against Virginia Intermont College back on August 24, 2012. Eleven Trojans collected at least two points, while six finished with three or more.
Morgan Orme, coming off back-to-back four point matches, remained white-hot on Saturday, recording a career-high five points with a goal and three assists, also a career-best. The senior now has 22 points on the season and 13 (three goals, seven assists) in TU’s last three games.
Hannah Dempsey recorded the first two-goal game of her Taylor career, while freshman Chloe Sena had an afternoon to remember, scoring her first two goals in a Taylor uniform. Kate Kortenhoeven also finished with a career-high three assists.
Additionally, Claire Nieshalla and Laura Kladde finished with their first career tallies, while Alanna Raikes, Erin Teevans, Linli Tu, and AC Hardy also found twine in the contest.
The Trojans (7-4-0, 4-4-0 CL) dominated possession for the majority of the afternoon, recording an impressive 37 shots, 28 of which were on target. While consistently peppering the Bethel net, TU’s midfield and back line were stout, holding the Pilots to just three shots total.
Orme scored TU’s first goal in the eighth minute, and the Trojans took control of the game from there. Hardy, Nieshalla, and Ali Clodgo went on to score three goals in a span of 6:36 late in the first half, giving the Trojans a 4-0 lead at the halftime break.
Raikes scored TU’s first goal of the second half 22 seconds in, setting the tone for the reminder of the contest. The Trojans went on to score seven more times, cruising to their seventh win of the 2020 campaign.
Hannah Brackenbury recorded her third shutout of the season, and her second in the last matches, making two saves in net for the Trojans.
Taylor will conclude their regular season next Saturday, hosting No. 7 and cross-county rival Indiana Wesleyan. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.