|Taylor (Ind.) (5-10-2, 3-5 CL)||5||3||8|
|Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-11-2, 1-7 CL)||0||0||0|
|Ft. Wayne, IN|
|1||5:00||Andrew Johnson (Taylor (Ind.))|
|1||16:42||Andrew Johnson (Taylor (Ind.))|
|1||18:05||Andrew Johnson (Taylor (Ind.))|
|1||19:44||Gabe Saliba (Taylor (Ind.))|
|1||41:57||Sam Hardy (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||49:51||Gonzalo Iglesias (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||51:38||Gabe Saliba (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||75:04||Gonzalo Iglesias (Taylor (Ind.))|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|#8 Andrew Johnson - 3||Goals||None|
|#7 Jeremiah Rader - 4||Assists||None|
|#9 Sam Hardy - 11||Shots||#15 Graham Denney - 2|
|#0 Luke Williams - 1||Saves||#00 Braden Conn - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|26 (13)||Shots (on goal)||3 (1)|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Taylor men's soccer team enjoyed an offensive explosion on Wednesday night, defeating Saint Francis, 8-0, in a one-sided affair.
Andrew Johnson opened the scoring for the Trojans (5-10-2, 3-5 CL) five minutes into the match and added two more goals in the 17th and 19th minute to record a hat trick within 20 minutes of the opening whistle. Jeremiah Rader recorded two assists, Gonzalo Iglesias assisted once, and the three goals by Johnson were the first three scores of his career.
TU continued its early onslaught with a goal by Gabe Saliba, courtesy of an assist by Rader, in the 20th minute to stretch Taylor's lead to 4-0 with 25:16 remaining in the first half. The final goal of the half was a header by Sam Hardy, assisted by Nate West, in the 42nd minute to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead at the break.
Taylor outshot Saint Francis 18-1 in the opening 45 minutes of play and finished the match with a 26-3 advantage over the Cougars (4-11-3, 1-7 CL).
The Trojans struck early once again in the second half, with Iglesias netting a pass from Saliba less than five minutes after halftime. Saliba made the score 7-0 with a goal less than two minutes later off of an assist by Rader. Iglesias recorded the eighth and final goal for TU in the 76th minute, assisted by Paul Egenolf.
The eight goals scored are the most in a single game during the eleven-year tenure of head coach Gary Ross.
Taylor (5-10-2, 3-5 CL) will be back in action on Saturday for its final regular season match at 7:00 pm in a Senior Day match against Huntington (7-8-1, 5-3 CL) inside Turner Stadium.