In their season opener at Turner Stadium on Friday evening, the Taylor Trojans men’s soccer team emerged victorious, as sophomore Paul McBride scored twice in a 3-1 triumph over Concordia University.
For McBride, it was the first two-goal game of his career, and with the victory, Taylor has now won 11 of its last 14 home openers.
Concordia drew first blood in the contest, as Austin Corona scored off a corner kick in the 11th minute, but Taylor found the equalizer with two minutes to go in the first half. A Concordia foul set up a Taylor free kick, and Quinn Partain delivered a perfect pass to McBride, who tied the game on a header.
Both teams played strong defense in the second half, but the Trojans were able to break the 1-1 tie with just over 15 minutes to go in the contest, as McBride scored off an Owen Hardy corner kick.
Six minutes later, Josiah Wieland gave the Trojans a little insurance, potting Taylor’s third goal off of a penalty kick.
As a team, the Trojans outshot Concordia 15-9, which included a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal, while Luke Williams picked up the win in net for Taylor, making two saves.