|Indiana Wesleyan (8-5-2, 3-3-1)||0||1||1|
|Taylor (Ind.) ( 13-1, 6-1)||1||2||3|
|1||08:34||Nikki Zaino (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||54:31||Tia Sanford (Indiana Wesleyan)|
|2||59:14||Bailey Zehr (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||60:47||Nikki Zaino (Taylor (Ind.))|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#7 Tia Sanford - 1||Goals||#17 Nikki Zaino - 2|
|#11 Olivia Schmidt - 1||Assists||#7 Shelbi Lowe - 2|
|#9 Nichole Varady - 6||Shots||#17 Nikki Zaino - 3|
|#1 Alex Seabeck - 4||Saves||#1 Lauren Engelkes - 5|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|11 (6)||Shots (on goal)||9 (7)|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women's soccer team honored its seven seniors in a 3-1 victory over cross-county rival (RV) Indiana Wesleyan at Turner Stadium on Saturday night.
The Trojans (13-1, 6-1 CL) got on the scoreboard first when Nikki Zaino headed in a cross from Shelbi Lowe in the 9th minute of the match. The goal marked the 13th time in 14 games that Taylor has scored first in the match.
The rest of the first half was scoreless, and TU went into halftime with the 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats (8-5-2, 3-3-1 CL) equalized early in the second half, scoring a goal less than nine minutes after halftime.
Taylor had an emphatic answer, netting two goals in a span of 1:33 to regain the lead and add an insurance goal.
The first of the two scores was a one-touch goal by Bailey Zehr off of two well-executed passes by Lowe and Danielle Toren. Toren lobbed a pass from the far sideline towards the center of the pitch, where Lowe headed the ball to Zehr for the goal. Zaino scored the final goal, courtesy of a free kick from Brienna Kruit. The assist was the first of Kruit's four-year career at Taylor. (Watch here)
With the win, TU clinched home-field advantage in the first-round of the Crossroads League Tournament on October 29.
The 18th-ranked Trojans (13-1, 6-1 CL) will host Saint Francis (6-8-2, 2-4-1 CL) in their next match on October 19 at 7:00 pm inside Turner Stadium.