WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Taylor women's soccer and No. 22 John Brown played the full 90 minutes to a scoreless stalemate, but in the first overtime the Golden Eagles found a way to earn the narrow victory.
The golden goal arrived with just over four minutes remaining in the first overtime period. On a long throw-in, the ball came through to John Brown's Sara Frey inside the penalty box, who converted on a first-touch half-volley over the outstretched arms of leaping Taylor goalkeeper Kristiana Daniels.
It was very much a tale of two halves, as momentum often seemed to shift between the two sides. John Brown dictated much of the play in the opening period and threatened with seven shots. Taylor responded however in the second frame and seemed to come out with a more aggressive mentality. The Trojans created twelve shots compared to just four for John Brown, but were unable to capitalize on its chances to break through the Golden Eagle defense.
The Taylor defense has played incredibly well in its own right despite the tough loss Friday. The goal allowed was the first in over 180 minutes of play to begin the season.
Offensively, the Trojans had the slight advantage in shooting totals for the game with 15 compared to John Brown's 13. Senior Amanda Roden led the team with three attempts, while five others tallied two each.
John Brown goalkeeper Kristin Morency made six saves to post the shutout, while Daniels had four of her own.
Taylor (1-1-0) will look to bounce back on Saturday when it meets No. 16 Olivet Nazarene at Grace College. The match is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm.