In a battle between two longtime county and Crossroads League rivals, a late goal proved to be the difference, as the IWU Wildcats and the Taylor Trojans played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening at Oak Hill High School.
IWU dominated the first half, holding the Trojans to just two shots, and right before halftime, their offense cashed in, as Ciro Castro scored in the 44th minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
The Trojans came on much stronger in the second half, recording 10 shots, and in the 78th minute, Taylor found the equalizer. Josiah Wieland, who has had an excellent 2018 campaign, scored his sixth goal of the year off of an assist from Peter Linn to draw even with the Wildcats.
“We’re obviously disappointed in the result,” IWU Head Coach Luke Sanford said. “Taylor really brought some energy in the second period. The way we controlled the first half and then to lose our way a bit, that just can’t happen. We have to keep teams from taking the game to us. I still believe there’s a lot for this team to accomplish, but it’s going to take consistency and some better performances.
Both teams were nearly even shots, as the Wildcats held a slim 14-13 advantage. Sammy Conti led the Wildcats with a career-best nine shots, while Wieland led Taylor with five shot attempts.
Naoya Fugono made a remarkable seven saves for the Wildcats, while Luke Williams came away with three saves for Taylor.