MARION, Ind. -- Indiana Wesleyan University women's soccer lost 2-1 to Grant County rival Taylor (Ind.) University on Tuesday night at Wildcat Field.
The Wildcats scored late in the match to draw within one at 2-1 with 4 minutes 44 seconds remaining. Senior forward Kelsey Johnston scored her 14th goal of the season off an assist from fellow senior Kylie Dial. But the Trojans were able to keep the Wildcats at bay and hold on to the one goal victory.
Taylor (9-4-0, 2-3-0 CL) scored in the 27th minute to take a 1-0 advantage into halftime. TU then added an insurance goal with a tally in the 68th minute and that goal would be the game-winner.
"We had two big errors tonight when we didn't clear the ball," said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Dr. John Bratcher. "On their first goal we headed the ball on a clear right to the top of the 18 (yard box). You're going to bury that one and that's what they did. On the second one, we just knocked the ball around, but you have to clear the ball. We didn't clear it and they scored again."
Taylor outshot Indiana Wesleyan 13-5 on the night and put six shots on goal compared to just two for IWU. Senior goalkeeper Jamie Speidel made four saves for Indiana Wesleyan.
"Games are won and lost by mistakes and great plays," added Bratcher. "And tonight (Taylor) capitalized on our two mistakes."
Indiana Wesleyan (9-3-1, 2-2-1 CL) returns to action at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12 at Bethel (Ind.) College in Mishawaka, Indiana.