Defensive mistakes prove costly in loss to Saint Francis

Playing on the road on Saturday afternoon, the Taylor Trojans were done in by a few mistakes on the back end in a 2-1 loss to the Saint Francis Cougars.

USF grabbed an early lead in the fourth minute. Taylor turned the ball over in front of the net, and Ethan Vigario capitalized.

Five minutes later, Josiah Wieland tied the game for the Trojans, scoring his sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick. Wieland was Taylor’s best player in the match, recording eight shots, seven of which were on goal.

But late in the contest, Nate Conder broke the tie for Saint Francis. The Cougars had a free kick, and after Taylor failed to clear it out, the ball went right to the feet of Conder, who put it in from five yards out.

Shots were tied at 12 apiece, but the Trojans held a slight 10-8 advantage in shots on frame.

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