Three First Half Goals Too Much To Overcome
Wilmore, KY – Asbury scored their first goal of the season but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans from Taylor University rode three first half goals to a 3-1 victory. Asbury has dropped their first two games of the season for the second straight year.
Asbury (0-2) allowed three first half goals, the first coming in the third minute and the last coming on an own goal off a corner kick. The Eagles could have rolled over and let a tough first half lead to a big-time loss, but the young squad fought back in the second half. After only two shots in the first half, Asbury fired off nine in the second.
Sophomore Jessica Batey scored Asbury’s first goal of the season off a 25-yard strike in the 76th minute. A minute later the Eagles were threatening again but Aly Crawford’s shot was blocked. The Eagles forced Taylor (2-0) keeper Corri Sehr to save four balls and they hit the post on another shot attempt, all in the second half.
Asbury was able to possess the ball better in the second half to set up more chances in their offensive half. Taylor had their own chances to blow the Eagles out but Alli Smith made two saves before she left win an injury, and the Trojans hit the post or crossbar five times in the second half.
The Eagles had to play through several injuries before and during the game including the expected starter at goalie for the season Maegan Rogers sat out after suffering an injure in Wednesday’s game. Bethany Russell started in goal against Taylor and Alli Smith saw some time before leaving with an injury.
Asbury will hit the road for a tough five-game stretch. Their next match will be on Wednesday September 1st against Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm.