UPLAND, Ind. - After playing to a 1-1 tie in the first half, Taylor University found back netting twice in the final 45 minutes to claim a 3-1 win over the Forester men’s soccer team Saturday night under the lights in Upland.
While the scoreboard clearly favored the Trojans in the second period, it didn’t seem indicative of how well Coach Russ Lawson felt his squad played. “It was a typical physical and high intensity match. Taylor was able to take advantage of their chances while that final quality inside the box eluded us in what I thought was a strong offensive second half for us.”
TU generated nine shots in the second period to HU’s eight. For the game, the Trojans owned a 16-11 shot advantage with both teams finishing with seven shots on goal.
After playing 40 minutes of scoreless soccer, the final five minutes before break was a flurry of activity as Taylor’s Caleb Bouchier gave his team a 1-0 lead but their advantage lasted less than three minutes thanks to a nifty shot by Lucas Lengacher. After a great move to get around his defender, Lengacher served a ball in that tailed far post upper 90 to deadlock things at 1-1.
It didn’t take the Trojans long to regain their lead as Tim Miller got behind HU’s defense seven minutes after intermission to give his team what proved to be a permanent lead. Taylor went on to score an insurance goal off a corner kick to increase their lead to 3-1 which they were able to ride out for the win.
HU keeper Drew Mattingly finished with four saves.
“I am confident that the boys will take the positive from this match and apply it towards our next two matches as we look to improve our play-off seeding,” said Lawson.
The Foresters (6-7-2) slip into sixth place in the standings with a 2-3-2 league record. HU hosts 2nd-seeded Spring Arbor on Tuesday before traveling to 3rd-seeded Saint Francis on Saturday.