UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor women's soccer will be on the road to face the NAIA No. 7 Spring Arbor Cougars Saturday in a rematch of last season's Crossroads League Tournament Final. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.
Last season Spring Arbor won its fourth consecutive league tournament title with a narrow 1-0 decision over the Trojans. The Cougars have once again been a juggernaut in the Crossroads League in 2014, winning the regular season title with an unbeaten record of 9-0-0 while currently holding an overall record of 16-1-1. Spring Arbor defeated the No. 8 seed Indiana Wesleyan 5-3 to advance to the semifinal stage.
The Cougars took home a wealth of Crossroads League honors. Head coach Jason Crist was named the Coach of the Year, senior Courtney Harrison earned Defensive Player of the Year, while sophomore Corrie Good claimed Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Six Spring Arbor players were named All-Crossroads League. Offensively, the Cougars lead the league in production with 3.33 goals-scored per contest, while defensively posting a goals-against-average of just 0.61, second only to Grace.
The No. 5 seeded Taylor advanced to Saturday's game with an encouraging 3-0 result over the No. 4 seed Marian. The Trojans currently are 8-6-4 overall and finished the Crossroads League regular season at 4-4-1, with arguably their best win coming on October 22 in a 3-1 win over No. 23 Mount Vernon Nazarene. Senior defender Victoria Calderhead and senior midfielder Amanda Roden were each named to the All-Crossroads League team, while goalkeeper Kristiana Daniels earned her fourth Crossroads Defensive Player of the Week honor after the shutout win over Marian last week. The Trojans average 1.56 goals-scored per game while giving up just 0.94 goals-scored per game to their opponents.
In the regular season matchup between the two sides on October 18, played at Spring Arbor, the Cougars prevailed 4-0. Audrey Schierbeek scored twice, while Alyssa Joseph and Abbey Fuller each had a goal of their own. Spring Arbor had 22 shots to just five for Taylor, putting a lot of pressure on the Taylor defense and breaking through for two scores in each half.
"We've been practicing a couple minor adjustments we want to make for Spring Arbor that we think will allow us to play the best that we can play," said Taylor head coach Scott Stan. "The goal is just to have every player play their best on Saturday, without worrying about the opposition and being focused on what can be done to play well and make the girl next to you play better. We've played exceptionally against some really good teams when we've played like that."
The link to the live webcast for the game is available above as provided by Spring Arbor, along with live stats. Please also visit the Crossroads League Tournament Central page for the full tournament bracket, schedule of play, and updated results. Once again, kick-off between the two sides is slated for 3:00 pm on Saturday as the two teams vie to secure a spot in the Crossroads League Tournament Championship game.