|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh ( 6-5, 0-2)||0||0||0|
|Taylor (Ind.) ( 9-0, 2-0)||0||1||1|
|2||62:03||Bailey Zehr (Taylor (Ind.))|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|None||Goals||#3 Bailey Zehr - 1|
|None||Assists||2 Players (#4,#7) - 1|
|2 Players (#7,#17) - 2||Shots||#14 Megan Kammer - 8|
|#1 Ashley Flautt - 9||Saves||#1 Lauren Engelkes - 3|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (Oh||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|4 (3)||Shots (on goal)||19 (11)|
UPLAND, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Taylor women's soccer team shut out its fourth-straight opponent on Tuesday, defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene 1-0 in a Crossroads League matchup. Bailey Zehr netted the game-winner, assisted by Savannah Porter.
In the first half, the Trojans (9-0, 2-0 CL) dominated possession, racking up 12 shots and holding Mount Vernon (6-5, 0-2 CL) to only four attempts. The Cougars had one quality look at the net, but it was batted away by TU's Lauren Engelkes.
Of all the shot attempts by the Trojans, two were particularly close to reaching the back of the net. A header by Megan Kammer was punched over the crossbar by the MVNU keeper. The second close call came later in the half when Shelbi Lowe sent a cross over to Nikki Zaino a few yards from the goal, but Zaino's shot attempt was sent out of play by a Cougar defender.
Despite the discrepancy in possession and shots, the score was still knotted at zero when the halftime horn sounded.
The second half saw Mount Vernon take more control of the possession than in the first half, but the Taylor defense held its ground, not allowing a single shot from the Cougars in the entire half.
TU broke through on offense when Porter sent a long pass into Mount Vernon territory to Zehr, whose shot squeaked past the goalkeeper to secure the victory for Taylor.
Next up for No. 20 Taylor is a league showdown with No.1-ranked and defending NAIA national champion Spring Arbor (8-0, 1-0 CL) on Saturday at 3:00 pm in Spring Arbor, Michigan.