UPLAND, Ind. - After scoring two goals in the first two minutes Thursday against Brescia, Taylor women's soccer went on to win by a wide margin 7-0 over the Bearcats
The Trojans had scored just two goals in four prior games entering Thursday's contest, but that number was matched early as Taylor found its stride on the offensive side of the field.
Amanda Roden opened the scoring shortly after one minute had elapsed, taking a pass from Emily Brydon and firing a shot from about 25 yards out into the upper left corner of the net.
Shelbi Lowe got into the action about 30 seconds later, as Brydon broke free down the right sideline and slotted a pass across the frame of goal for a simple touch by the onrushing Lowe. The Trojans added one more tally in the opening half, as freshman Megan Kammer scored her first collegiate goal with a rocket from distance over the outstretched arms of Bearcat keeper Stacey DePriest.
Brescia competed well with Taylor to start the second half, but from the 71st minute and on the Trojans consistently broke through the Brescia defense. Hadlee Yescott scored her first collegiate goal as well, with great passing from Lowe and Dani Goecke.
Kammer scored her second goal off a corner kick from Shannon Jacobsen, corralling and finishing a ball knocked down to her feet by Lowe. Lowe and Goecke were then credited with the final two scores to result in the final score of 7-0.
Five different players scored in the match, and there were eight assists on the seven goals with unselfish passing throughout the night.
"It was a good team effort tonight," said head coach Stan. "It was an opportunity for people to show that they can really play. Shelbi Lowe and Megan Kammer had breakout games. Emily Brydon had a great work rate as well, and it was great to see some of the firsts for the players. Hadlee Yescott and Kammer each scored their first collegiate goals, while defender Cayla Rossi and goalkeeper Anna Miller made their collegiate debuts."
Taylor outshot Brescia 35-0, while goalkeepers Kristiana Daniels and Anna Miller combined for the shutout.
Taylor (2-1-2) next will meet Asbury on the road Saturday at 2:00 pm.