|Marian (Ind.) ( 8-6, 3-2)||0||0||0|
|Taylor (Ind.) ( 11-1, 4-1)||2||1||3|
|1||11:27||Shelbi Lowe (Taylor (Ind.))|
|1||24:04||Nikki Zaino (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||46:50||Nikki Zaino (Taylor (Ind.))|
|Marian (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|None||Goals||#17 Nikki Zaino - 2|
|None||Assists||3 Players - 1|
|3 Players - 2||Shots||2 Players (#14,#17) - 4|
|#1 Melissa Sturgill - 3||Saves||#1 Lauren Engelkes - 5|
|Marian (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|7 (6)||Shots (on goal)||13 (7)|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women's soccer team shined bright under the lights at Turner Stadium on Saturday, defeating RV Marian, 3-0, in the NAIA Match of the Week. It's the ninth shutout victory of the season for the 19th-ranked Trojans, only one shy of the program-record set during the 2012 season.
Taylor (11-1, 4-1 CL) opened the scoring on a goal by Shelbi Lowe less than 12 minutes into the match. Nikki Zaino snuck a cross past the goalie to Lowe, who then put the ball into the net to give TU a 1-0 lead.
Zaino then scored a goal of her own in the 25th minute by dribbling around a couple of Marian defenders and lacing a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net, giving the Trojans a 2-0 advantage with 20:56 remaining in the first half.
The Knights (8-6, 3-2 CL) countered with quality shot attempts in the first half, but Lauren Engelkes made terrific plays on each one to stifle MU. Taylor outshot Marian eight to three in the first 45 minutes of action.
Like the first half, the Trojans got off to a fast start in the second half, with Zaino netting her second goal of the game in the 47th minute. Megan Kammer and Lowe assisted on the goal, giving TU a 3-0 cushion they would not relinquish, despite several late charges by the Knights.
Engelkes notched her fifth shutout of the season, making five saves in the process.
No. 19 Taylor (11-1, 4-1 CL) will be back in action on Tuesday at 7:00 pm, when the team travels to Goshen (6-6-2, 2-2-1 CL) to take on the Maple Leafs.