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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Friday, June 14, 2024
The Echo

Women's soccer shows mettle

Alec Tebben | Echo

Taylor women's soccer put on impressive performances in two of their recent games.

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, they tied Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI was the second NCAA Division I team Taylor women's soccer had played in 11 years during a fall season. The first part of the game didn't go the way the Trojans would have liked. IUPUI scored the first three goals, two of which were on corner kicks.

"Those just shouldn't have happened," senior Bailey Zehr said. "We should've been defending better on corner kicks."

However, a goal from freshman Erin Teevans and a pair of goals from Zehr helped the Trojans storm back in the second half to tie the game. All three goals were scored within a span of 15 minutes.

"They were so frustrated, and it was awesome, and I think we just had so much more heart than them when it came to playing," Zehr said. "I would say I was still not satisfied because I would want to win, so that's the only thing, but all else aside it was still a really cool experience to come back from something like that."

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Trojans played through rainy conditions to defeat Lourdes University 3-1.

Zehr scored the first goal near the end of the first half and senior Emily Calvani scored seconds into the second half to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.

Lourdes managed to get one goal later in the half.

"It was like 30 yards out, nobody was expecting a shot, she wasn't shooting and it went in and we're like 'oh, that's weird,'" Head Coach Scott Stan said.

However, a goal from sophomore Jourdan Lehman secured the Trojans a 3-1 victory.

The Trojans are looking to continue to perform well in the future and have set their sights on the national tournament, an achievement that has so far eluded Taylor women's soccer.

"I think one of the biggest things is just believing that we can and I know we all do, but it can't just be head knowledge, we have to play that way," Lehman said.

The Trojans resume play tonight by visiting the Indiana Institute of Technology at 7:00 p.m.