UPLAND, Ind. - Taylor women's soccer tied for the third time this season, as the Trojans and the Trolls of Trinity Christian played to a scoreless draw at New Stadium Saturday.
Trinity Christian came into the contest receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 poll, and once again Taylor showed it can compete with a talented team and hold them scoreless. The Trojans also previously tied No. 16 John Brown 0-0, and have held their opponents scoreless in five of eight contests.
Both teams had a few chances to open the scoring, but the goalkeeper's made key saves when called upon. Taylor's best chance came early in the second half, when forward Shelbi Lowe found some space on a great through ball from Amanda Roden. Lowe attempted to place a low shot past oncoming goalkeeper Jesse Bultsma, but Bultsma was able to make the slightest deflection with her extended foot to steer the shot wide.
Taylor had 13 shots, while the Trojans held Trinity Christian to just nine. Lowe had four shots to pace the Trojans, while Amanda Roden also had three.
Bultsma made five saves for Trinity Christian in the shutout, while Taylor goalkeeper Kristiana Daniels made five saves as well to lower her goals-against-average to a meager 0.37 for the season.
"I think that we played well today in every area of the field," said head coach Scott Stan. "We lost to them 4-1 last year, and they are receiving votes in the nation this season. It was good to see such an improvement in the matchup in just one year's time."
Taylor (3-2-3, 0-0 CL) has now wrapped up its non-league play, and will begin Crossroads League action next Saturday on the road against Bethel. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.