|Taylor (Ind.) ( 8-3-0, 1-1-0 CL)||1||0||1|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene ( 7-2-1, 1-0-1 CL)||1||1||2|
|Mount Vernon, OH|
|1||09:49||Alexa Skal (Mount Vernon Nazarene)|
|1||40:16||Bailey Zehr (Taylor (Ind.))|
|2||58:44||Rachel Graver (Mount Vernon Nazarene)|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|#3 Bailey Zehr - 1||Goals||2 Players (#12,#22) - 1|
|#14 Megan Kammer - 1||Assists||#7 Amberly Knox - 1|
|#14 Megan Kammer - 5||Shots||3 Players - 2|
|#1 Lauren Engelkes - 3||Saves||#32 Madi Moore - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|16 (4)||Shots (on goal)||9 (5)|
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Coming off of a double OT tie last week at Indiana Wesleyan, the Cougars took the field today against No. 21 ranked Taylor University, looking for a victory.
Despite being the underdog entering this match, the Cougars proved that they were up to the challenge as they upset the nationally ranked Trojans by a score of 2-1. The Cougars came out of the gate fast, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal from freshman Alexa Skal, just nine minutes into the first half. Sophomore Amberly Knox assisted Skal on the Cougars first goal of the day.
The Trojans would eventually answer with a goal of their own, evening the score at the 40:16 mark in the first half. At the half, the score would be deadlocked at 1-1, with the game still up for grabs.
In the second half, the Cougars continued to play hard, giving Taylor everything that they could handle. At the 58:44 mark in the second half, junior Rachel Graver would put the Cougars up for good with an outstanding goal from about 30 yards out. This would give the Cougars a 2-1 lead, and the momentum that they would need to finish the upset.
It was another good outing from senior goalie Madi Moore. Despite allowing 16 shots as a team, Moore was able to allow just one goal for the match. Moore also had 3 saves on the day as well. The Cougars attempted 9 shots during the match. Skal, Knox, and Graver led the way with 2 shot attempts each.
Head Coach Daniel Seiffert was very pleased with the team's victory, but knows that it is important to take things one step at a time.
"I'm really pleased with how our women's team came out and competed tonight. It was a good result at home against a quality ranked team. We are focusing on the process and just look to get better each and everyday. That's our mentality and that is what we will plan to continue to do tomorrow."
MVNU (7-2-1, 1-0-1 CL) will look to keep the momentum rolling and build off this big win on Saturday, as they go on the road to face #17 ranked Marian at 7 p.m.