S: 2011 Taylor University Mens Soccer
FC: Taylor University Mens Soccer | 2011 MCC Champions
1: TYLER BEACHLER Taylor University Mens Soccer 2008-2011
2: FRESHMAN | Taylor Soccer Signs Tyler Beachler April 11, 2008 Tyler Beachler, suburban Chicago's Courier News Player of the Year while playing at Westminster Christian School, has signed an NAIA national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Taylor University under head men's soccer coach Gary Ross. An Elgin, Illinois native, Beachler leaves Westminster Christian as the most prolific scorer in school history with 98 goals and 32 assists throughout his four-year career. His goal-scoring numbers rank him 32nd on the all-time scoring list of the Illinois High School Association. After a senior year in which he was a team captain and scored 24 goals and six assists, Beachler led Westminster to their first ever sectional title and was named to the Daily Herald All-Area team in addition to receiving all-conference and all-sectional honors. Beachler had his most productive season as a goal scorer in 2006, when as a junior, he scored 33 goals and distributed seven assists. That mark put Beachler at the top of the record books for most goals scored in a season at Westminster Christian School. Coach Ross feels that Beachler will be a great fit for the men's soccer program. "We are pleased to sign Tyler. He not only embodies the kind of player our program desires on the field, but he also has demonstrated that he is a virtuous person off the field. He was sought after by some solid programs so we are glad to announce he will be a Trojan and look forward to great things from him in the future." Taylor is coming off a season in which they finished with a 12-5-2 overall record and a second place finish in the Mid-Central Conference
3: Taylor Teammates Sweep Weekly Honors September 09, 2008 Taylor men's soccer players Tyler Beachler and Joe Voldrich have been honored as the MCC Players of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Beachler, a freshman forward from Elgin, Ill., was named the MCC Offensive Player of the Week. He scored four goals in three games for the Trojans, leading Taylor to a 2-1 record for the week. The freshman tallied two goals and one assist in a 5-1 win over Judson University before scoring the lone Taylor goal in a 3-1 loss to nationally-ranked Davenport University. Voldrich, a senior defender from Columbus, Ohio, is the Defensive Player of the Week. He anchored a Trojan defense that knocked off Georgetown and NAIA power Judson University over the weekend.
4: SOPHOMORE | Men's Soccer Returns from Northern Ireland August 17, 2009 On August 3rd, the Taylor University men's soccer team returned from their ten-day trip to Northern Ireland. 15 team members and two coaches came away with great memories as well as seeing God at work in their lives. The team saw His hand at work early in the trip as they entered the country. New European Union regulations severely limit community service without work visas. Coach Gary Ross was questioned by customs officials regarding the intent of the group's stay, "I simply answered the questions honestly, that we had done some community work in previous trips and that we were going to be doing probably the same things again." The officials left the team to discuss the situation and while they did, the soccer team went directly into prayer. Ross said, "I specifically prayed that the officials would come back with a different demeanor and willing to let us in. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened." While in Northern Ireland, the team benefited from the teachings of British evangelist John Moxen each morning. The team also spent time training for the upcoming season at local soccer clubs. Evenings were spent at local drop-in centers and coffee bars meeting with local youth to share testimonies, build relationships, and open the gospel to them. Because Irish customs officials would not allow any soccer clinics, the soccer team played in informal competitions against local players. The matches ended with the Trojans giving a New Testament and shirt to the players on the opposing sides and gave the opportunity for a couple of the players to give their testimonies about what God had done in their lives. Coach Ross had this to say, "I think the trip was a fantastic one, a trip where we saw God's hand from the outset, even in getting through customs. The Murlough House and Project Evangelism have a tremendous ministry with the Northern Irish youth. It's a long term vision in which they bring a variety of American teams to Northern Ireland to simply impact youth in any way possible. Plugging into that ministry has been fantastic and I look forward to doing it in the future." The team hopes to return to Northern Ireland in 2011.
5: Beachler Named MCC Player of the Week September 14, 2009 Tyler Beachler was named the Mid-Central College Conference men's soccer offensive player of the week for his efforts in a 6-0 win over Marygrove College last Wednesday. The sophomore recorded his first career hat trick in the outing and his third multi-goal game of the season. His team-leading seven goals is just three shy of his 2008 total of 10, which earned him Second Team All-Conference honors. The Elgin, Ill., native currently leads the conference in goals scored, shots attempted (29) and shots on goal (13). Beachler has also added one assist on the season for a league-leading 15 points. The Trojans are currently 2-5 on the season. They travel to NCAA Div. II Saginaw Valley State on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. start time.
6: JUNIOR | Beachler, Poucher Receive MCC Honor September 06, 2010 Taylor men's soccer players Tyler Beachler and Andrew Poucher have been honored as the MCC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the conference announced Monday. The pair led the Trojans to victories over Marygrove (Mich.) and Malone (Ohio) to improve the team's record to 2-2 on the season. Beachler, a junior forward from Elgin, Ill., was named the MCC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in his career. He scored all three of Taylor's goals during the 2-0 week, including the game-winner in overtime during the 94th minute against Malone on Saturday. His first goal against the Pioneers gave Beachler the 30th of his career. Poucher, a freshman from Upland, Ind., earned his first career MCC Defensive Player of the Week award after his first two starts as a collegiate goalkeeper. His first shutout came in the 1-0 win over Marygrove, in which he made two saves. Poucher's four saves against Malone allowed Taylor to notch a 2-1 victory. The Trojans return to action Sept. 10-11 when they travel to the Georgetown College Invitational to face Mountain State (Ky.) and Georgetown (Ky.).
7: Men's Soccer Signs Seven For Fall of 2010 March 11, 2010 Men's head soccer coach Gary Ross has announced the signing of the freshman class for the 2010 season. The group includes two students from Illinois, two from Minnesota, and one each from Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Ryan Beachler has decided to attend Taylor University, where his brother is also a member of the soccer team. Beachler led Westminster Christian High School in Elgin, Illinois, to a spot in the Illinois Elite 8 with their first regional title. He has been honored as an All-Area, All-Sectional, and All-Conference player as well at serving as his team's captain. As a defender,Matt Poland's four year record was 60-14-4 at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota. His senior year he earned All-Conference honors and was an All-State nominee. Poland also served as class president a huddle leader in FCA. As a senior he was named captain of the varsity squad. Greg Kutchin, an outside defender at Cuyahoga Valley Christian School in Akron, Ohio helped lead his team to a Division III State Runner-Up finish in the state finals. Kutchin tallied four assists and one goal from his defensive position in addition to being a main cog in a defense that gave up only 15 goals in 22 matches including 10 shutouts. David Maldonado helped lead Concordia Lutheran High School ofSpring, Texas to a state championship in 2009. The midfielder scored 30 goals and had 14 assists during the 2009-2010 season. He has been awarded first team All-District honors the past three years, as well as first and second team All-State. Other signees include JT Briggs, a midfielder from Western Michigan Christian High School inHolland, Michigan; Kevin Miller, a forward from Glenbard South High School in Wheaton, Illinois; and George Harwood, a goalkeeper from Southwest Christian High School inChaska, Minnesota. Coach Ross is very excited about the class, "This is a very talented group of young men. I feel this group can make a strong contribution to our development as a team." | Three Trojans Named to All-Conference Teams November 05, 2010 Junior forward Tyler Beachler earned a spot on the Mid-Central College Conference Men's Soccer First Team, the league office announced Thursday. Junior midfielder Daniel Miller and junior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano were each named MCC Second Team All-Conference selections. Beachler was named to the MCC first team for the second straight season. The junior from Elgin, Ill., leads Taylor and ranks third in the MCCwith 11 goals this season. Beachler has scored at least ten goals in all three seasons at Taylor and has a career total of 39 goals in 55 games played. The accounting major has also added three assists as he led Taylor to the fourth seed in the MCC tournament and a victory over Saint Francis in the opening round. With five game-winning goals to his credit this season, Beachler ranks ninth in the NAIA. Miller was selected to the MCC second team as the junior spearheaded a stingy Taylor defense this season. The St. Louis, Mo., native helped the Trojans to seven shutout victories which ranked Taylor 13th in the nation. Miller added two assists from his midfielder position as he helped Taylor to 11 wins, its highest total since 2007. Giuliano was named to the MCC second team as well as the junior goalkeeper anchored the Taylor defense for much of the season. The Wheaton, Ill., native earned a 6-4-1 record in goal for the Trojans, allowing 13 goals while recording 40 saves in 11 games. Taylor returns to the pitch at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at top-seeded Bethel in the MCC Tournament semifinals.
9: Murlough House
10: Joel Ritz | George Hardwood | Joshua Groves | Elia Mrakovich | Coach Nate Miller | Giovanny Guthro | Bruce Briggs | Josh Giuliano | Coach Gary Ross | Taylor University Mens Soccer
11: Ryan Beachler | Danny Cawley | David Maldanado | David Pfeifer | Devin Moore | Kevin Miller | Jordan Grant | David Groves | Tim Daniels | Tim Miller | Kris Schonewill | Daniel Miller | Ben Beasley | Eric Sally | JT Briggs | Matt Goldsberry | Matt Poland | Tyler Beachler | Chad Edmundson
12: Three's a Charm for Men's Soccer in Season-Opening Win Tyler Beachler scored the game-winning goal with the 41st counter of his career. ELGIN, Ill.—The Taylor University men's soccer team kicked off the 2011 season in dominant fashion on Friday afternoon as the Trojans notched a 3-1 victory over Olivet Nazarene during the first day of the Judson Invitational. Senior Tyler Beachler, playing in his hometown, scored the 41st goal of his career while freshmen Tim Miller and Manchester, England native Danny Cawley each scored goals to propel the Trojans to the victory. It was the second season opening victory for the Trojans in the last three years and improved head coach Gary Ross's record in season openers to 2-5-1. The two teams battled to 0-0 tie at the end of the first half, but the Trojans found the back of the net first when Beachler took a pass from junior transfer Jordan Grant and scored to put the Trojans ahead 1-0 in the 65th minute. Taylor struck again nine minutes later when Miller smacked a ball to the net from 30 yards out on an assist from Joel Ritz in the 74th minute. The Trojans added another goal just two minutes later as J.T. Briggs fed the ball to Cawley in the box and the freshman maneuvered around multiple defenders and slung a shot past the ONU keeper to give Taylor a 3-0 lead. Olivet Nazarene scored its lone goal on a direct free kick from 25 feet out in the 81st minute. Taylor finished with 11 shots on goal while Olivet Nazarene managed just four shots on goal. Josh Giuliano earned the victory in goal for the Trojans as the senior notched two saves and allowed one goal. Brad Miller took the loss for Olivet Nazarene, allowing three goals and recording eight saves. Taylor is in action again tomorrow afternoon as the Trojans face host Judson at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 CT).
14: Trojans Down Judson for Best Start Since '02 Taylor was the only team to go a perfect 2-0 at the four-team Judson Invitational. ELGIN, Ill.—The Taylor men's soccer team used a late game goal by junior Jordan Grant to capture its second win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Judson (Ill.). Taylor (2-0) is off to its best start since 2002. Grant, a transfer from NCAA Division II national champion Northern Kentucky, planted the game-winner from close range after a great feed into the box from freshman Devin Moore in the 80th minute as the Trojans rallied while playing a man down after freshman Tim Miller picked up a red card in the 75th minute. After a scoreless first half the Trojans got on the board in the 49th minute when a header by Tim Daniels got behind the keeper and pressure from Grant forced the score, which was ruled an own goal. Judson responded three minutes later as Mike Tobie split two Taylor defenders after a turnover and ripped the ball into the top corner for his third goal of the season, knotting the game at 1-1 and setting up Grant's game-winner. Taylor had 13 shots on goal compared to just five for Judson while the Eagles recorded six corner kicks compared to Taylor's five. Senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano recorded his second win of the season for the Trojans, saving four shots and allowing one goal. Taylor kicks off a six game home stand on Wednesday when the Trojans host Georgetown (Ky.) at 4:00 pm. | Grant Named MCC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week August 30, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.—Taylor men's soccer player Jordan Grant (Mason, Ohio/Mason) has been named the Mid-Central College Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his part in two wins during opening week for the Trojans. Grant, making his Taylor debut after transferring from NCAA D-II National Champion Northern Kentucky University where he scored a goal in the national championship game, quickly made an impact for the Trojans. The two wins to open the season gave Taylor its best start since 2002. In his first game, Grant assisted the first goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Olivet Nazarene. The next afternoon the junior scored the game-winner in the 80th minute as Taylor played down a man against perennial power Judson, but claimed the 2-1 win to help the Trojans improve to 2-0. Grant and the Trojans kick off a six-game home stand Wednesday afternoon when Taylor host Georgetown (Ky.) at 4 p.m.
15: Giuliano Named MCC Defensive Player of the Week UPLAND, Ind.--Taylor men's soccer player Josh Giuliano has been named the MCC defensive player of the week after his efforts in helping the Trojans to their third win of the season last week. This marks the second time Giuliano has earned the honor during his Taylor career. The senior goalkeeper recorded eight saves and a penalty kick save to hold Georgetown (Ky.) scoreless as the Trojans ran their record to 3-0, the best start for the program since the 1988 season. Giuliano, a native of Wheaton, Ill., has played every minute in goal for the Trojans this season, racking up 14 saves and allowing just two goals. He joins junior Jordan Grant, last week's MCC offensive player of the week, as an MCC weekly award winner. | Trojans Win Home Opener for First 3-0 Start Since 1988 August 31, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – It was a day of firsts for the Taylor men's soccer team. Highlighting the trailblazing afternoon was the first goal of senior Daniel Miller's career, the first career goal for freshman Tim Daniels, the first home game of the season, and the first 3-0 start to a season for the Trojans since 1988. Taylor knocked off Georgetown (Ky.) by a 3-0 margin to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1988 Taylor squad that started 7-0, including four straight shutouts to start the season. “We are all expecting better things than maybe in years past,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “We had a pretty good year recruiting and that really improved our current team because they knew the level of players coming in. We just have a very competitive environment, but it's unified at the same time. We all believe there are some chances to do some really good things.” Miller started the scoring for the Trojans in what turned out to be the game-winner when he hit a shot from eight yards out on the left side of the field for his first goal in 59 career games as a Trojan. Joel Ritz assisted on the play. “Dan is just a defensive workhorse,” Ross said. “His strengths are to hold the ball for us and then to work his tail off when we lose it to get it back. We don't expect scoring from him, but it was great to see a senior get his first goal when we need one.” After going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, Tim Daniels took advantage of a direct kick from just outside the box less than one minute into the second half. The freshman kicked it past the Georgetown keeper for the first goal of his career and a 2-0 Trojan lead. “Timmy is brilliant on those direct kicks,” Ross said. “My guess is that won't be the last time we see thatWe practice that a ton, and he did that a lot before he came here.” Reigning MCC Offensive Player of the Week Jordan Grant added his second goal of the season in the 86th minute on an assist from David Pfeifer to put the game out of reach for the Tigers. The game was physical throughout as the two teams combined for 37 fouls, including 19 by the Trojans. Five yellow cards and one red card were shown to the Tigers, while Taylor was charged with two yellow cards. “That was part of their game plan, to play a physical game and get their bodies on us,” Ross said after the game. “Soccer is a physical game, so that's just part of it.” Despite the battle on the field, the two teams racked up plenty of shots. Taylor fired off 20 shots compared to 14 for the Tigers. Taylor senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano had eight saves, including a big-time save on a penalty kick by the Tigers in the 84th minute to preserve his first shutout of the season. | Indiana Tech Snaps Trojans' Win Streak September 06, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.—The Taylor men's soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday afternoon as the Trojans allowed too many opportunities to slip away in a 3-1 loss to Indiana Tech. Taylor fired 18 shots, including four on goal but the Trojans found the back of the net just once while Indiana Tech fired eight shots on goal and turned two penalty kick opportunities into goals. “If we're going to beat teams like (Indiana Tech) we have to limit our mistakes and take advantage of our opportunities,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “I thought we played pretty well but we just didn't take advantage and they did.” Taylor controlled the ball for large portions of the first half but it was Indiana Tech that struck first when Elliot Everson connected on a penalty kick to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute. Indiana Tech padded the lead in the 51st minute as Aultain Gaye took a pass from Giovanni Valdez and zipped the ball into the net to push the Warrior lead to 2-0. Continuing to play aggressively, Taylor scored its lone goal with just six minutes remaining when Joel Ritz crossed the ball to the opposite post where senior forward Tyler Beachler headed the ball into the net. It was Beachler's second goal of the season and the 42nd of his career. “The really good thing about this game is even when we kept banging the ball in there and we still weren't scoring our guys never gave up,” Ross said. “These guys have some fight in them and we'll use this to our advantage.” Indiana Tech added another goal in the 88th minute as Bryce Collier collected a rebound off another Warrior penalty kick and scored to make the 3-1 final margin. Reigning MCC Defensive Player of the Week, Taylor goalkeeper Josh Giuliano, took the loss as the senior allowed three goals while recording five saves. With the loss Taylor drops to 3-1. The Trojans will be back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. against Trinity International in the third game of Taylor's current six-game home stand.
16: Early Goals Power Taylor Past Trinity International UPLAND, Ind.—By scoring three goals in the first 13 minutes of the game Saturday afternoon, the Taylor men's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 win over Trinity International (Ill.) The Trojans got two early goals from freshman Tim Daniels and senior Tyler Beachler added his third goal of the season as Taylor got off to the fast start. Beachler scored the first goal for Taylor in the 6th minute as the forward took a pass from freshman Danny Cawley. With the Trinity International keeper out of position, Beachler pinpointed his kick just inside the left edge of the net and past the TIU defense. Daniels took over from that point as the freshman took a beautiful cross from David Pfeifer and smashed the ball into the back of the net to push the Taylor lead to 2-0 in the 9th minute. Four minutes later Daniels added his second goal of the game and third of the season as Beachler zipped the ball to the freshman near the left side of the net and Daniels pounded the ball into the net for a 3-0 lead. “We talked about getting off to a good start today,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “We wanted to make sure we were possessing the ball well horizontally which would open up space vertically and that's exactly what happened. Our guys had some good opportunities and we knocked them in the back of the net.” With the 3-0 cushion Taylor went into possession mode and controlled the ball for large portions of the game as Trinity International managed just seven shots, five on goal while Taylor fired 14 shots and five on goal as TIU fell to 0-4-1 on the season. The Trojans added the final goal of the game in the 84th minute as David Maldonado took a Joel Ritz pass and sent a shot flying from close range. The ball nicked a TIU defender and sailed past the keeper for Maldonado's first goal of the season. Senior keeper Josh Giuliano anchored the Taylor defense that pitched its second shutout of the season as Giuliano finished with five saves and pushed his record to 4-1. With the victory Taylor improves to 4-1 on the season. The Trojans take to the pitch again on Tuesday when they host Marygrove at 4 p.m. in the first of three home games next week.
17: Big Second Half Lifts Trojans Past Marygrove Taylor scored four goals in the final 26 minutes and scored a season-high five goals in the game. UPLAND, Ind. – Four goals in the final 26 minutes of the match propelled Taylor past visiting Marygrove today by the final margin of 5-1 for the Trojans' most productive offensive output of the season. The flurry of goals for the Trojans came just about the same time that the NAIA released its latest Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, which revealed Taylor in the receiving votes section in what is believed to be the first time in school history. As good as the final minutes were for Taylor, the start was an inauspicious one as Marygrove scored on an own goal when a blocked shot by Marygrove ricocheted off Trojan defenders and into the goal just over a minute into the contest. “We came out sluggish in the first half,” Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross said. “Giving up the goal that early was disappointing. I don't think we did what it is that we typically do well, which is possess the ball and then move forward and defend well.” The slow start was quickly smoothed over when Jordan Grant received a cross from Tyler Beachler to score his fourth goal of the season and even the score at 1-1. With the score knotted, Taylor possessed the ball for a lion's share of the next 61 minutes and into the second half before Beachler scored his fourth goal of the season by weaving in and out of two defenders with a sweeping shot from left to right that turned out to be the game winner. From there the floodgates opened as freshman Devin Moore collected a blocked shot off the foot of Joel Ritz in the 70th minute that he drilled into the net from 20 yards for his first collegiate goal. After a brief respite for the visitors, freshman Tim Daniels scored goals No. 4 and 5 of the season within a three-minute span that closed the door on the match and continued Taylor's best start to a season since 1988. Following today's offensive outburst, the Trojans are now outscoring their opponents in the second half by a 13-4 margin. “It's our objective to possess the ball and make sure that by the time the 70th to 90th minute rolls around, we've worn the other team out,” Ross said. “I was very proud of the guys for that. They worked really hard in the off-season and we've got a lot a depth. I think we were able to play 20 guys today.” After the game, Ross articulated that his team is continuing to progress in the early part of the season. “I think we're still young enough and early enough that a win like this where we dominated the second half after being tied at halftime really helps to solidify our confidence.” Taylor took 20 shots in the game compared to 16 for Marygrove, but the Trojans doubled up the Mustangs in shots on goal with a 10-5 advantage. Senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano played all 90 minutes in goal and recorded four saves.
18: Trojans Pounce on Previously Unbeaten St. Francis September 17, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.— Four different Trojans scored in front of a raucous home crowd as the Taylor men's soccer team pounded previously unbeaten St. Francis (Ill.) in a 4-1 victory. The Trojans controlled the ball and exploited the Fighting Saints' defense to improve to 6-1 on the season. Tyler Beachler put Taylor on the scoreboard first when the senior scored his fifth goal of the season and 45th of his career off a penalty kick in the 19th minute. St. Francis (3-1-1) responded in the 26th minute when Christian Ontiveros slipped a ball past Taylor keeper Josh Giuliano on a free kick from the top of the box to tie the score at 1-1. Eight minutes later Taylor freshman Tim Daniels scorched a free kick past the Saints' defenders for the game winner and his sixth goal of the season. The Trojans added to their lead just three minutes later as fellow freshman Giovanny Guthro took a perfect through ball from Beachler and slammed it into the back of the net for his first career goal in the 37th minute, sending the crowd into a frenzy. “I thought Saint Francis was a pretty good team,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “They have some really good players we just probably played our best overall game of the year. “A lot of the spaces that we expected to start opening up in the second half actually opened up in the first half because of the hustle and high pressure,” Ross continued. “We knew if we could keep running new guys in and keep guys fresh we'd be ready for the second half.” Taylor added an exclamation point to the victory in the 59th minute when Jordan Grant slipped behind the St. Francis defense and headed another beautiful Beachler through ball into the net for his fourth goal of the season. Grant, a junior transfer from Northern Kentucky, joined Daniels and Guthro as newcomers scoring goals for the Trojans. “I think there's at least four or five guys that are new guys and they're playing like experienced players,” Ross explained. “It's really exciting, we're excited.” Giuliano earned the victory in goal for Taylor improving to 6-1 on the year. The senior allowed one goal and registered two saves including a spectacular effort midway through the first half when the 6-foot-4 Giuliano seemed to blanket the entire left side of the net on a St. Francis shot seemingly destined for a goal. The Trojans (6-1) return to the home pitch tomorrow afternoon for a 4 p.m. matchup with Siena Heights.
19: Hot Streak Continues for Trojan Soccer September 17, 2011 Tyler Beachler has three goals and three assists in three Taylor wins this week. UPLAND, Ind.—Momentum continues to build for the Taylor men's soccer team as the Trojans ran their winning streak to four games this afternoon with a 3-0 win over Siena Heights (Mich.). Senior Tyler Beachler, one of the most prolific goal scores in Taylor history, scored the 46th goal of his career and his sixth of the season when he collected a through pass from Ben Beasley and smacked the ball off the sidebar for the game winner in the 39th minute. Perhaps the player of the game for the Trojans was goalkeeper Josh Giuliano who preserved the shutout with a handful of impressive saves. The senior finished with eight saves while recording his second shutout of the season to improve to 7-1 on the year. “The thing I was most pleased with today was the fact that we got the shutout,” Taylor coach Gary Ross said. “We try to beat people with possession and the last 25 minutes of the game to finish them off and we did that again today with two goals in the last 25 minutes it's good for our guys to see that our system works.” After an own goal in the 67th minute gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead, Taylor's Jordan Grant finished the scoring when the junior collected a rebound deep on the baseline, left of the goal and scored. Grant's goal brought the crowd of over 300 to their feet as he plunked the ball with his right foot, bending it around the side bar and the Siena Heights keeper for his fifth goal of the season in the 68th minute. Siena Heights registered 18 shots compared to Taylor's 15 but the Saints committed 20 fouls with Taylor committing only 14. Taylor (7-1) is back in action on Tuesday as the Trojans travel to Malone for a 4 p.m. matchup.
20: Three Goals and Three Assists Earn Beachler MCC Honors September 19, 2011 Tyler Beachler ranks fourth in the NAIA with three game-winning goals this season. UPLAND, Ind.--Taylor senior Tyler Beachler has been named the Mid-Central College Conference Offensive Player of the Week after the senior scored three goals, including two-game winners, and added three assists to lead the Trojans to three victories during the week. Beachler scored a goal in each of Taylor's wins over Marygrove (Mich.), St. Francis (Ill.), and Siena Heights (Mich.) to push his season total to six goals. His three assists for the week increase his season total to four, already surpassing his total from last season. Beachler has now scored a goal in five straight games. The Trojans (7-1) are off to their best start since 1988 thanks in part to Beachler's leadership in the programs' recent turnaround. The Elgin, Ill., native has scored 46 career goals in 64 games for the Trojans while serving as the captain for two seasons. | Youngsters Carry Trojans Past Malone for Fifth Straight Win September 20, 2011 Danny Cawley scored two goals against Malone, including the game-winner. Box Score CANTON, Ohio.— The Taylor men's soccer team used a four-goal second half surge to push its winning streak to five games with a 4-2 victory over Malone (Ohio) Tuesday night. Freshman Danny Cawley scored two goals while fellow newcomers Devin Moore and Tim Daniels added goals of their own as the Trojans improved to 8-1 in their final tune-up before MCC play begins. The Trojans battled Malone through a scoreless first half despite controlling the ball for much of the first frame before Daniels opened the flood gates by bending a free kick into the corner of the goal for a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Just two minutes later Cawley scored the first of his two goals as the Manchester, England, native beat the Malone keeper in the box with a bender into the far corner to push the Trojans' lead to 2-0 It didn't take Cawley long to add to the Trojan lead as the freshman scored his third goal of the season in the 56th minute on a through ball from Tyler Beachler, pushing the Trojans' lead to 3-0. Malone broke up the shutout bid for the Trojans with a goal in the 73rd minute but the Trojans quickly responded as Moore connected on a long-range goal from outside the box off an assist from Tim Miller for his second goal of the season. A late goal by Malone led to the final margin as Taylor continued its best start since 1988. Keeper Josh Giuliano earned the win in goal for Taylor as the senior recorded ten saves. Taylor fired ten shots on goal and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. Just as the game was ending, it was announced by the NAIA national office that the Trojans had received 89 votes in the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll to be just two spots outside of the top 25. The Trojans begin conference play on Saturday when they travel to Marian for a 7 p.m. matchup.
21: DAILY HERALD: Beachler at Taylor: Westminster Christian alum Tyler Beachler is enjoying a fine senior season. Beachler, now playing at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., was recently named the MCC offensive player of the week. He earned the honor after scoring three goals, including two game-winners, and adding 3 assists to lead Taylor to 3 victories during a recent stretch. Beachler scored a goal in each of the squad’s wins over Marygrove (Mich.), St. Francis (Ill.) and Siena Heights (Mich.). That pushed his season total at the time to 6 goals. The 3 assists during the span increased his season total to four, which already surpassed his total from last season. He increased his streak of games with at least one goal to five. Taylor’s 7-1 start was the team’s best since 1988. A news release linked the strong start in part to Beachler’s leadership. After his 3-goal outburst, Beachler had 46 career goals in 64 games. He has served as team captain for two seasons. Since winning the award, Beachler helped Taylor to two additional wins. He had a goal in the team’s victory over Marian. Taylor moved to 9-1 with the win, which was its conference opener. Through the first 10 games of the season, Beachler was second on the team in goals with 7 and was leading the team in assists with five and points with 19. He also was tied for the team lead in shots with 37. He was leading Taylor with 3 game-winning goals. | Trojans Roll in MCC Opener September 25, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Taylor men's soccer team continued its fast start as the Trojans registered a 4-1 victory over Marian in the MCC opener for both teams Saturday night. Taylor improved its record to 9-1 overall after each of Taylor's three leading goal scorers—Tim Daniels, Tyler Beachler, and Jordan Grant—each found the back of the net as Taylor picked up the road victory. Grant struck first for Taylor as the junior tapped the ball past the keeper off a Tim Daniels corner kick in the 4th minute. The Trojans added an own goal in the 38th minute to push the lead to 2-0 at the half. “We did what we wanted to do with possession and we were able to finish earlier today which was good,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “We were really pleased with how disciplined our guys were and how much effort we got from both the offense and the defense. This is a tough place to win and we did it in convincing fashion.” Daniels scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season just 40 seconds into the second half when the freshman pounded a 30-yarder over the outstretched arms of the Marian keeper with his left foot to push the Trojan lead to 3-0. Taylor added its final goal in the 65th minute as Beachler collected a cross from Joel Ritz after a great move by freshman Danny Cawley to set up the play and Beachler then scooted the ball in to score his seventh goal of the season and push the Trojan lead to 4-0. With just 32 seconds remaining in the game, Marian scored on a penalty kick to avoid the shutout. Josh Giulinao anchored the Trojan defense in goal as the senior recorded six saves and allowed one goal to push his record to 9-1 on the year. The Trojans registered 21 total shots, 13 on goal while Marian managed 18 shots and just seven on goal. | Trojans Sweep Weekly MCC Awards September 26, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.--The Taylor men's soccer team swept the Mid-Central College Conference player of the week awards as Ryan Beachler claimed defensive player of the week honors and Tim Daniels earned offensive player of the week. The duo earned the distinctions after the Trojans rolled to road victories over Malone (Ohio) and Marian (Ind.) to continue the Trojans' hot start and pick up a win in the conference opener. Beachler anchored a Trojan defense that held Marian scoreless until the last minute of the game when the Knights scored on a penalty kick to break up the shutout. The sophomore from Elgin, Ill., thwarted two would be goals with great defensive during the week. Daniels scored goals in both Taylor wins as the Trojans improved to 9-1 for the team's best start since 1988. Against Marian, Daniels scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season just 40 seconds into the second half when the freshman pounded a 30-yarder to give Taylor a 3-0 lead. Earlier in the match he added an assist to Jordan Grant via a corner kick. He has now scored a goal in five of Taylor's last six matches.
22: Historic Start Lands Trojans at No. 23 in NAIA Coaches' Poll September 27, 2011 KANSAS CITY, Mo. – No team in Taylor University men's soccer program history has ever had a better start than the 2011 Trojans, who were ranked No. 23 in today's NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The top 25 ranking is the first for the Trojans since poll archives were kept by the NAIA starting with the 2000 season. Taylor officials also believe it is the first overall national ranking for the program, which began in 1983. After appearing in the others receiving votes section of the poll for each of the last two weeks, Taylor jumped four spots and gained 75 points in this week's poll to become the top ranked team in the state of Indiana and the only team from the Mid-Central College Conference to appear in the top 25 rankings. In his eighth season at Taylor, head coach Gary Ross has led a turnaround resulting in a 9-1 record this season for Taylor's best start since 1988. The Trojans have outscored their opponents 33-10 during their first 10 games. Taylor is led offensively by senior captain Tyler Beachler, who has 19 points this season with five assists and seven goals, including three game-winning goals through the first 10 games. Goalkeeper Josh Guiliano, also a senior, has 54 saves and three shutouts in nine wins this season. Hastings (Neb.) is ranked No. 1 in the poll for the fifth straight week with the nation's longest active win streak at 33 straight matches. The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/ independents/unaffiliated groups. The first edition of the NAIA Men's Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI) will be released Wednesday by 6 p.m. ET. | No. 23 Trojans Snap Bethel's 33-Match MCC Win Streak September 28, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 23-ranked Taylor men's soccer team recorded one of the biggest wins of the regular season in program history Wednesday by knocking off three-time defending Mid-Central College Conference champion Bethel by a 3-1 margin. A trio of freshman scored all three Taylor goals as the Trojans snapped a 19-game winless streak against Bethel. Since a 3-0 win against the Pilots in the 1998 MCC Tournament, Taylor had been 0-17-2 in those meetings. Until today. “It was a great team win,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said. “We had a number of guys that came in and played their roles just like we needed them to. It was our objective to beat them with numbers. For that to work against a team like Bethel, it really says a lot about the way our guys competed today.” With the landmark win, Taylor (10-1, 2-0) stayed perfect in MCC play and continued its best start to a season in 23 years by winning a seventh consecutive game, a feat that was last accomplished by the Trojans in 1997. Prior to today, Bethel (5-4, 1-1) had won 33 consecutive MCC matches, including three straight MCC regular season and tournament championships. The Pilots' last loss to a conference opponent before today came in an overtime contest against Saint Francis on September 17, 2008. “In a lot of ways, this is a big win for our program, our alumni, and for recruiting,” Ross said. “It sends a message when you beat a team of this caliber. This game was a true test of where we really are right now.” The scoring started in the 40th minute of the game when Taylor senior Eric Salley crossed a ball that glanced off a defender to Tim Miller, who squared up and fired a laser off his left foot into the heart of the net for the second goal of his career. Heavier rains coincided with the first goal of the game and they would continue well into the second half. Just over three minutes into the second period, Bethel's Luke Davis intercepted an errant pass by Matt Poland and took it past midfield where he fed Bernardo Sant'Anna for an equalizing score in the 49th minute. However, another Taylor freshman struck next in the 60th minute as Tim Daniels took a pass from Tyler Beachler and dribbled to the 18-yard line where he nailed a left-footed shot past the keeper in the upper left for the game-winning goal and his team best ninth counter of the season. An insurance goal arrived for Taylor almost 25 minutes later when Devin Moore gathered the ball at the top of the box on a corner kick from Daniels. Moore's rocket shot deflected with plenty of momentum off a Bethel defender and into the right side of the net to close out the scoring. Taylor finished the match with a 26-15 edge in shots taken, including 13 on goal for the Trojans compared to six for Bethel. Josh Giuliano came away with five saves and one goal against in 90 minutes of action. Four of the senior's five saves came in the first half. Despite the heavy rains, a faithful and boisterous Taylor crowd stayed throughout and greeted the victors with a tunnel following the game. “The crowd was awesome,” Ross said. “You think of the 100 million other things they could be doing, especially on a day like this. We really appreciate their support and the guys really feed off that.” Taylor will play in front of its home crowd again this Saturday when the team hosts first year MCC member Mount Vernon Nazarene as part of Parents Weekend festivities. First kick is scheduled for 4 p.m.
23: Trojans Shutout MVNU, Claim Best Start in Program History October 02, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.--With a 4-0 victory over Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) on Saturday, the No. 23 Taylor men's soccer team wrote its way into the history books as the Trojans can now claim the best start in program history. Taylor improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in Mid-Central College Conference play as senior Tyler Beachler scored two goals and freshmen Tim Daniels and Danny Cawley each added a score as Taylor defeated the Cougars in the first-ever conference matchup between the two schools. Daniels, Taylor's leading goal scorer this season, notched his third game-winner when the freshman sent a header to the back of the net following a great cross from Jordan Grant and an angled pass from Cawley in the 15th minute. The goal pushed Daniels' total to ten on the season. Just minutes later Beachler scored the first of his two goals in exciting fashion as the Elgin, Ill., native sent the huge home crowd into a roaring celebration with a bicycle kick that sent the ball sailing into the net. Beachler wasn't finished yet as the senior added his ninth goal of the season and 49th of his career in the 55th minute on a penalty kick to push the Trojans' advantage to 3-0. Cawley provided the exclamation point to the dominant victory with a highlight reel-worthy bicycle kick of his own off a rebound in the 64th minute. It was the fourth goal of the season for the freshman from Manchester, England. Goalie Josh Giuliano recorded his fourth shutout of the season as the senior notched two saves to improve his record to 11-1. Taylor outshot Mount Vernon Nazarene 13-9, including a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal. Taylor (11-1, 3-0) remains tied with Grace for the top spot in the conference. The Trojans head to Spring Arbor for a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday night before returning home to face off with Saint Francis next Saturday at 4 p.m.
25: Beachler's Bicycle Kick Goal Gets National Attention By Mike Miazga As a kid, Westminster Christian alum Tyler Beachler enjoyed watching ESPN SportsCenter. Recently, Beachler's friends and teammates enjoyed watching him on SportsCenter. Beachler, now a senior forward on the Taylor University (Upland, Ind.) men's soccer team, made an appearance on the popular sports news broadcast as part of its “plays of the day” segment. Beachler and freshman teammate Danny Cawley, a native of Manchester, England, pulled off the extremely rare feat of each scoring goals via bicycle kicks in Taylor's 4-0 victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene. “From the corner it was headed out,” explained Beachler. “It went behind me. I kind of saw it in the air and thought, ‘I may as well try a bike here and get it across and maybe something good could happen.' I didn't think it would go in. I was totally shocked seeing the ball in the goal while I was on the ground.” Cawley later took the ball inside the 18-yard box and had a shot blocked by a defender back over his head. Cawley, according to Beachler, turned around and unleashed a bicycle kick. The opposing goalie had been out of the net and it went by him and into the net. “You never see that happen (2 bicycle kicks for goals in one game),” said Beachler. “I was in total shock. I had tried bicycle kicks a few times in games, but I never would have imagined one would go in. I didn't know how to celebrate it. I was in total shock.” Perfecting his bicycle kick has been an infrequent science for Beachler. “It's not something you typically work on,” he said. “If there is a chance to do it in practice, I'll try it usually.” Beachler, a finance major with a math minor at this school located 40 minutes south of Ft. Wayne and 90 minutes north of Indianapolis, was equally flabbergasted to learn his exploits were being shown to a national audience. “Honestly, when I first heard about being on SportsCenter, I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I watched SportsCenter as a kid. Never in a million years did I think I would be on it. It was a surreal experience.” Beachler is part of a Taylor team that was off to a 12-1-1 start. The team recently earned a No. 18 NAIA ranking. Beachler recently recorded his 50th career goal, which also was his fourth-game winner of the season. That helped him earn Mid-Central College Conference offensive player of the week accolades. During the award period, Beachler had 3 goals and 2 assists in helping the squad continue its best start in school history. Beachler's 50th career goal came in a 4-2 win at Spring Arbor. He added a goal and 2 assists against St. Francis, which brought his season totals to 12 goals and 8 assists. After the St. Francis game, Beachler was the league leader in assists. It was Beachler's second player of the week accolade this season. “The strongest part of my game is probably just getting in good position to finish the ball,” said Beachler. “I'm making the right runs and am in the right place at the right time.” But Beachler added his greatest improvement has nothing to do with scoring goals. “Overall, I've gotten better at defensive play and defensive work rate,” he said. “Coach has been pushing me to get better at that. I like to think this year that he's been pretty pleased with that.” The strong team start is something Beachler feels can be attributed to work habits. “We have a bunch of great guys that have come together with a high work rate,” he said. “One of the biggest things I have noticed this season is that we have 25 guys on the team and after one practice I saw 18 guys stay after to work on stuff they need to get better at. When you have that many guys going the extra mile for their teammates, that's a sign of great guys capable of doing good things.” While Beachler admitted the ESPN thing was gratifying, he was more thrilled about the fact the school earned some recognition on a national stage. “I'm pleased the team and Taylor University got mentioned,” he said. “That's the second time in a year we've been on ESPN. Taylor was on ‘Around the Horn (a popular ESPN talk show)' for its tradition of Silent Night. Taylor getting this type of recognition is a pretty cool thing.” Beachler has received plenty of calls from friends and family back home about the ESPN gig, but is glad it's behind him. “A lot of people have congratulated me about it,” he said. “It's something I've never experienced before, but at the same time it's something that shouldn't be dwelled upon too much. We're in the middle of a successful season. We can't let something like that be the focus. It was a great and amazing experience, but we have games ahead of us to focus on.” While Beachler has enjoyed a great run of individual success during his tenure at Taylor, he is more pleased about the progress the program has made in four short years. “It's been pretty neat here and I've been pretty successful,” he said. “But what has been the most enjoyable for me is that freshman year we didn't have such a great record. It's been fun to see the progress of the program from that freshman year to now. We were eighth in conference my freshman year and now we're in first. That's a pretty big jump. That's been the most enjoyable experience during my time here.”
26: Beachler Honored Again as MCC Player of the Week October 10, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.--After a week that saw Taylor University's Tyler Beachler make an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter, score his 50th career goal, and his fourth game-winner of the season, the senior was rewarded by the Mid-Central College Conference as its offensive player of the week. Beachler tallied three goals and two assists during two games last week as No. 21 Taylor continued its best start in school history with a 12-1-1 record. The Trojans won 4-2 at Spring Arbor and then tied Saint Francis 3-3 later in the week. Beachler's 50th goal came in the 69th minute during the win at Spring Arbor and doubled as the game-winner. The Elgin, Ill., native added an insurance goal later in the game to improve Taylor's win streak to nine straight games. The senior then took over the MCC lead in assists (8) with two against Saint Francis on Saturday. He added a goal against the Cougars to bring his season total to 12, which ranks second in the conference behind teammate Tim Daniels. This week marked the second time Beachler garnered player of the week honors. He joins Daniels, junior Jordan Grant, senior goalie Josh Giuliano, and younger brother Ryan Beachler as Trojans honored with player of the week recognition this season. The Trojans hit the pitch again on Wednesday when Taylor travels to Grace before wrapping up the week with Senior Day on Saturday against Huntington during Taylor's Homecoming weekend. | Men's Soccer Checks in at No. 18 in NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll Trojans moved up three spots in the rankings after a 1-0-1 week. October 11, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men's soccer team received a No. 18 ranking in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll, released by the national office Monday. The Trojans moved up three spots this week from its No. 21 ranking a week ago. Taylor (12-1-1, 4-0-1) defeated Spring Arbor 4-2 last week on the road before having its nine match win streak snapped with a 3-3 draw against Saint Francis on Saturday. With its 10 match unbeaten streak still in place and tied for the most wins in the NAIA this season, the Trojans picked up an additional 43 points in this week's poll to reach a total of 257 points—just behind No.17 Kansas Wesleyan with 259 points. The Trojans are the only team from the Mid-Central College Conference to receive recognition in the polls and the only team from Indiana in the top 25. Hastings (Neb.) is ranked No. 1 in the poll for the seventh straight week with the nation's longest active win streak at 37 straight matches. Taylor travels to Grace on Wednesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start time. The Lancers are currently tied with Bethel behind the Trojans for second place in the MCC standings with a conference record of 4-1.
27: Beachler's 50th Career Goal Gives Trojans Ninth Straight Win October 04, 2011 SPRING ARBOR, Mich.--With the game tied at 2-2 deep into Tuesday night's game at Spring Arbor, it looked as if the 21st-ranked Taylor men's soccer team's prolonged winning streak and undefeated MCC record were in jeopardy. That is exactly when the Trojans' unquestioned leader, senior Tyler Beachler, had other plans as the forward collected a corner kick from freshman Tim Daniels in the 69th minute and smashed a shot into the far corner of the goal for the game-winner and the 50th goal of his career as the Trojans defeated Spring Arbor 4-2. Taylor looked to be on its way to another dominant MCC victory when the Trojans scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of action. Cawley put the Trojans on the board with his fifth goal of the season when he finished a beautifully executed offensive possession, keyed by a great move from Daniels, by scorching a shot off a feed from junior Jordan Grant in the 17th minute. The Trojans added another goal just two minutes later when Tim Daniels took a cross from Grant and fooled his defender with a nifty move to get a clean shot at the net, which he converted for his 11th goal of the season. However, Spring Arbor battled back with a strategy of physical play and pesky aggression against the Taylor back line. The Cougars got a goal from Joel Masambi in the 25th minute to cut the Taylor lead in half before erasing the deficit completely in the 34th minute when Giovani Sturla scored, knotting the score at two and setting the stage for Beachler's game-winner. Beachler added another goal for the Trojans, his 11th of the season, in the 86th minute on an assist from Cawley to set the final margin. Josh Giuliano recorded the win in goal for the Trojans as the senior notched four saves while allowing two goals. Played in front of 600 fans, the match was the first played under the lights in Spring Arbor's new turf soccer complex. With the win the Trojans remain tied with Grace atop the MCC standings. Taylor (12-1, 4-0) returns home to host Saint Francis in an MCC showdown on Saturday at 4 p.m. | Late Goals by Saint Francis Result in Double Overtime Tie By Daniel Morrill October 08, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – No. 21 Taylor men's soccer team was just 61 seconds away from their 10th straight win, but Saint Francis came back with two goals over the final four minutes of regulation, then held on through two overtimes to work a 3-3 tie on Saturday afternoon. “We had plenty of opportunities,” Taylor head coach Gary Ross said after the game. “We worked ourselves into good offensive opportunities a number of times. We got ourselves into positions to with the game, just couldn't come through when it mattered.” The Trojans remain unbeaten in their last 10 games as they move to 12-1-0 and 4-0-1 in the Mid-Central College Conference with the result. Saint Francis places its record at 5-7-1 and 1-3-1 in the MCC. Taylor grabbed an early lead when senior Tyler Beachler dribbled through two defenders into the box, then tapped a his 12th goal of the season past Saint Francis goalkeeper Tresor Vunda just 2:48 into the game. The Trojans continued to bring pressure the rest of the first half, but failed to score despite having 19 shots to the Cougars' four. Taylor scored quickly again in the second half when Beachler dribbled into the box and drew Vunda to his side, then crossed the ball to freshman Tim Daniels who hit the open net only 34 seconds after the half began. The goal gave Daniels 12 for the season, tying him with Beachler for the team-lead. The Cougars answered back 6:57 later after senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano blocked a cross into the middle of the field. Austin Presley rebounded the ball and blasted his first goal of the season past Giuliano as he attempted to get back in position, making the score 2-1. Daniels again gave Taylor a two-goal lead at the 76:42 mark when he scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season by shooting past Vunda as he came out of the goal to play the ball. Beachler picked up his second assist of the game and his eighth of the season on the play. But Saint Francis again pulled within a goal 8:02 later when another Cougar scored for the first time this season. Similar to their first goal, Giuliano deflected a shot and Josh Underwood turned the rebound into a score, bringing the score to 3-2. Taylor held the lead until there was just 1:01 left in regulation and the Trojans were called for a foul when a Cougar was tripped up inside the penalty box. Jake Briede scored on the ensuing penalty kick, despite Giuliano getting a hand on the ball. Neither team scored in the remaining 1:01, and the game entered overtime tied at three. Junior Jordan Grant dribbled to within just feet of the goal 3:55 into the first overtime, but was tripped up, giving Taylor got a penalty kick opportunity of their own. Beachler, however, just missed the shot wide right for his first PK miss of the season in three tries. With just 55 seconds left in the period, Taylor got their 11th corner kick opportunity. Daniels curved the kick into the goal from the southwest corner of the field, but the Trojans were whistled for interfering with the goalkeeper and what would have been the winning score was called off. Neither team scored in the remaining 55 seconds as the game moved to the second and final overtime. Both teams got off three shots in the period but failed to score, and the game ended in a three-all tie. Taylor will continue conference play Wednesday when they travel to Grace for a 4 p.m. game.
30: Offensive Explosion Keys Senior Day Win over Huntington By Nick Sato October 15, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.— On an afternoon filled with wind and vuvuzelas, the No. 18 Taylor men's soccer team defeated Huntington 5-0 for the Trojans' sixth shutout of the season. Prior to the game the team honored its four seniors, Tyler Beachler, Josh Giuliano, Joshua Groves, and Daniel Miller. Taylor remained unbeaten in its last 12 matches and pushed its record to 14-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Mid-Central College Conference. Huntington fell to 4-10-1 and 2-5 in the MCC. The first few minutes of the game looked shaky for the Trojans as the Foresters almost put in an early goal, but great defense by Matt Poland put an end to the attack and began an assault on goal for Taylor. After nine minutes of back and forth action, the Trojans put in their first goal as Danny Cawley played a cross on the ground to Jordan Grant, who one-touched it into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the year and his first of two in the game. The Trojans ended the first half on a high note as a great through ball by Devin Moore to Daniels led to the freshman's 14th goal of the year to make him the leading scorer in the MCC. Taylor maintained its momentum going in to the second half as Moore beat his defender in the 47th minute and took a shot on goal that was deflected by the keeper right to the feet of Grant, who notched his second counter of the afternoon. The scoring continued when a Tyler Beachler through ball to Tim Miller allowed Miller to beat his defender and put the ball past a sliding keeper for his first of two goals in the game during a five-minute stretch. The freshman scored his second goal after Daniels beat a defender and played the ball to Miller, who turned and fired a shot past the diving keeper in the 74th minute. Backup keeper George Harwood saw his first action of the season after relieving Giuliano in the 75th minute after the senior left the game with an injury. Harwood recorded Taylor's only save of the afternoon to keep the clean sheet. After the game when asked about his team's play, Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross said, “Before the game we had a list of goals written on the board that we wanted to achieve and I felt like we achieved them. I'm very proud of this team.” Taylor will make the short trip to Marion on Tuesday night as the Trojans match up with Grant County rival Indiana Wesleyan at 7 p.m. | No. 18 Trojans Leave Grace Behind, Remain Unbeaten in MCC October 13, 2011 WINONA LAKE, Ind.--Tyler Beachler scored a goal and dished out an assist for the 18th-ranked Taylor men's soccer team as the Trojans notched a 2-0 victory over Grace Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the Mid-Central College Conference and all alone in first place. Beachler scored in the 6th minute on a header off a Tim Daniels' corner kick as the Trojans jumped out to an early lead. The goal was Beachler's 13th of the season, matching Daniels as the leading goal scorer in the MCC. The goal also marked the 53rd goal of Beachler's career and his 15th career game-winner. It was just the second goal allowed by Grace in six conference games. Taylor (13-1-1, 5-0-1) battled the Lancers (8-4-1, 4-2) for position for the remainder of the first half before taking over the possession in the second half as Daniel Miller and the Taylor backline applied defensive pressure. “Getting off to the great start was a big key,” Taylor coach Gary Ross said. “The other big thing was that we were able to finish the game and shut them out which was nice to see because we hadn't been as sharp defensively the past couple of games as I would like.” The Trojans pushed their lead to 2-0 when Tim Miller collected a Tyler Beachler rebound and fired the ball to the far post for his third goal of the season. The assist for Beachler marked his ninth of the season, which also leads the conference. The shutout was Taylor's fifth of the season, all with senior Josh Giuliano in goal, as the Trojans outshot Grace 15-8 and Giuliano recorded six saves. Taylor returns to the pitch on Saturday as part of Taylor's Homecoming weekend. The matchup with Huntington will also be senior day for the six seniors on the Trojans' roster with game time set for 4 p.m.
31: Trojans Shut Out IWU, Clinch Outright MCC Championship October 18, 2011 MARION, Ind. –Two goals by freshman Danny Cawley sent Taylor past Indiana Wesleyan Tuesday night in a 2-0 shutout victory as the Trojans clinched their first Mid-Central College Conference regular season championship since 1997 and the fifth MCC regular season title in school history. The No. 18-ranked Trojans, who defeated Indiana Wesleyan (10-7, 4-4 MCC) for the first time since 2001, improved to 15-1-1 overall and 7-0-1 in MCC play with their seventh shutout of the season while remaining unbeaten in their last 13 matches. With the milestone victory and conference crown secure, Taylor continues its magical season that has included a record start to the season, the highest ranking in school history, and an appearance on ESPN's SportsCenter. Despite rainy conditions that persisted for most of the game and cold temperatures, fans from both schools were in the stands as the student sections lined the sidelines opposite the team benches. Taylor fans were equipped with their customary vuvuzelas. Ryan Beachler added to the magic when he started the sequence that resulted in the first goal and earned his second career assist when he gathered the ball deep in Taylor territory and dribbled past midfield to find Cawley open on the right side. TheManchester, England, native slashed his way from right to left and centered up a shot past IWU keeper Zach Hammon for what turned out to be the game winner in the 18th minute. Back-and-forth possession continued for the remainder of the half and each team had threats on goal, but the score remained 1-0 headed to halftime. In the 53rd minute as IWU defenders tried to reverse the field, Jordan Grant had other ideas as he stole the ball on the left third and fed it to Cawley on the right side for his seventh goal of the season while cementing the victory. With Cawley's two counters, Taylor newcomers this season have now scored 37 of the team's 51 goals. Indiana Wesleyan closed the game with a 12-9 advantage in shots. Taylor senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano made three saves in net for the Trojans for his sixth shutout. Not until several minutes after the match did the Trojans learn their fate as conference champions when cell phone reports started to trickle in that Goshen had won 3-2 over Bethel, the only team that mathematically had a chance to surpass the Trojans. Until tonight, that is. By winning the regular season championship, Taylor will now have the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the MCC Tournament, which gets underway October 29.
32: Poland Earns MCC Defensive Player of the Week Honor October 17, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor sophomore defender Matt Poland has been named the Mid-Central College Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his performances in the Trojans' two shutout victories last week. The weekly MCC award is the second of Poland's career. He won the same award as a freshman on Sept. 13, 2010 also following back-to-back Taylor shutouts. Taylor started the week with a 2-0 victory over Grace, which had been averaging more than two goals scored per contest. The Trojans then posted a dominant 5-0 victory over Huntington on Saturday. A native of Rochester, Minn., Poland played all but nine minutes in the two games and squelched multiple attacks by opposing offenses to prevent shots on goal. Taylor will put its 14-1-1 record on the line Tuesday night as the Trojans travel to Marion for a meeting with Indiana Wesleyan beginning at 7 p.m. | MCC Champions Sweep Weekly Men's Soccer Awards October 24, 2011 UPLAND—After a week that saw the Taylor men's soccer team win its first Mid-Central College Conference championship since 1997, the Trojans swept the league's weekly awards as freshman Danny Cawley was named the MCC Offensive Player of the Week and senior Josh Giuliano was honored as the MCC Defensive Player of the Week. Cawley scored three goals in two games for the No. 18-ranked Trojans last week as the Manchester, England, native scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over cross-county rival Indiana Wesleyan to clinch the title. He added his eighth goal of the season as Taylor wrapped up its undefeated MCC season with a 4-0 victory over Goshen on Saturday. Giuliano recorded five saves to notch his sixth and seventh shutouts of the season as the anchor to a Taylor defense that has allowed fewer than one goal per game this season. Giuliano has played all but 15 minutes in net for the Trojans this season in helping Taylor to an NAIA-leading 16 wins. Top-seeded Taylor (16-1-1, 8-0-1) kicks off the MCC tournament against No. 8 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene at home on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The Trojans, who have not allowed a goal in four straight games, defeated the Cougars on Oct. 1 by a 4-0 margin. | Trojan Close out Regular Season in Style October 23, 201 UPLAND – The 18th-ranked Taylor University men's soccer team wrapped up the regular season in style on Saturday afternoon as the Trojans put on a dominant performance, defeating Goshen 4-0 to record their fourth straight shutout. Taylor closes the regular season with an overall record of 16-1-1 and an 8-0-1 mark in the Mid-Central College Conference. Tyler Beachler scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season in the 12th minute when he collected a Tim Daniels pass and zipped the ball to the far post for the senior's 54th career goal and his 14th this season. The Trojans added to their lead minutes later when freshman Danny Cawley used a stellar move to shake two Goshen defenders that gave him a free shot on the goal from just inside the box. The Manchester, England, native finished the play with an impressive right-footed shot to the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season that pushed Taylor's lead to 2-0 in the 17th minute. “We needed to play well to continue our momentum into the conference tournament and to set ourselves up for the national tournament,” Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross said. “It was a very good performanceWe pretty much did exactly what we wanted to do on the field and the guys played very well.” In the 53rd minute Tyler Beachler beat two Goshen defenders and attacked the keeper before scooting the ball over to Daniels, who knocked home the goal from close range to put the Trojans ahead 3-0. The goal pushed Daniels' conference-leading total to 15 while Beachler recorded his MCC-best 11th assist on the play. The Trojans added the final goal in the 88th minute when JT Briggs took a pass from Jordan Grant and fired the ball to the far post for his first goal of the season and the third of his career. The assist was Grant's fifth of the season. Josh Giuliano recorded two saves as the senior recorded his seventh shutout of the season. The Trojans, who clinched their first MCC regular season championship since 1997 on Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Indiana Wesleyan, enter the MCC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Taylor hosts No. 8 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene next Saturday with the starting time of that game yet to be determined.
33: Taylor Men's Soccer Enters MCC Tournament as No. 1 Seed October 26, 2011 UPLAND –The Mid-Central College Conference league office has released the bracket for the 2011 MCC Men's Soccer Tournament, held on consecutive Saturdays from Oct. 29 – Nov. 5. Taylor enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host eighth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene in Upland at 1 p.m. this Saturday. Following this weekend's quarterfinal matches, the semifinals will be played on Nov. 5. The championship match will be held Saturday, Nov. 12. All matches will be hosted by the higher seeded team. A live video stream of the matchup between Taylor and Mt. Vernon Nazarene will be available for $4.95 at http://athletics.taylor.edu/stream beginning at 12:50 p.m. A decision to stream subsequent MCC tournament games has not yet been finalized. Announcements will be made each week regarding video streaming availability. Taylor (16-1-1), the outright MCC regular season champion, last won the MCC tournament championship for three consecutive seasons from 1995-1997. Mount Vernon (7-9-1) is competing in its first MCC tournament after joining the conference in July. Taylor shut out the Cougars 4-0 in the only regular season meeting between the two teams on Oct. 1 as forwards Tyler Beachler and Danny Cawley each scored on bicycle kicks in a feat that later landed the Trojans on ESPN's SportsCenter. Taylor's victory was the first over MVNU in school history as the Cougars hold a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. The MCC Tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round at one of 16 opening round campus sites on Nov. 19. Winners at each of the opening round locations will advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Orange Beach, Ala., Nov. 28 – Dec. 3.
34: Trojans Fend off Cougars in Double OT, Advance to Semifinals October 29, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – Jordan Grant sent a header into the net for a goal in double overtime during the 105th minute of Saturday's Mid-Central College Conference Tournament quarterfinal match to break a scoreless tie and send top-seeded Taylor into the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over eighth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene. With just over five minutes to play in the second sudden death overtime period, freshman Giovanny Guthro served an arching pass from the right third of the field 25 yards out that found the head of freshman Tim Miller, who was centered on goal at close range. Miller nodded the ball to his right where Grant was waiting and knocked the header in for his ninth goal and his third game-winner of the season. “All I remember is Timmy Miller going up for it,” Grant said, “and I was sitting there in the middle of the box and I was expecting the keeper to come out and just clock me. Somehow I got a clean header on it and it went in the goal and I just celebrated and went nuts. That's what we live for and that's what we love to do. Give God the glory.” Guthro and Miller were both credited with assists on the final play. It was the first assist of Guthro's career and the second for Miller. Taylor (17-1-1) improved to 1-0-1 in overtime games this season and extended its shutout streak to five straight matches. Since a tie in double overtime to Saint Francis on Oct. 8, the Trojans have outscored their five shutout victims 14-0. The Trojans picked up quality minutes off the bench from six different subs to wear down the Cougars, who had just one sub play for a total of 40 minutes in the contest. Despite the lack of rest for the Cougars' starters, Mount Vernon Nazarene (7-11-1) played a physical brand of soccer throughout the game and outshot the Trojans 8-6 along with a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. “They're a very good team and the fact that they finished eighth (in the MCC) was a surprise,” Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross said. “They push hard, they fight hard, and they're talented players. Today could have gone either way. They played hard enough to win and so did we and it just happened to go our way today.” On a day where MCC Player of the Year Tyler Beachler and the league's top goal scorer, Tim Daniels, were held in check by an aggressive Mount Vernon defense with just one combined shot, the scoring play ended up going to a trio of newcomers. Grant, who transferred from Northern Kentucky last summer after winning a NCAA D-II national championship, notched his first postseason goal since scoring for NKU last season in the national championship game. “I was really proud of the way we responded,” Ross said. “There were a few times when we departed from what our tactic was but for the most part we just tried to keep the ball, swing it around, and overlap into the corners and hit crosses and sure enough on the last goal that's exactly what happened.” Neither team posed many serious threats on the net as Taylor took three shots on goal compared to two for the Cougars. For Taylor, that was thanks in large part to First Team All-MCC defender Matt Poland, who controlled the back line for the Trojans and warded off several attacks by the Cougars. Josh Giuliano, named Friday as the MCC Defender of the Year, came up with a brilliant diving save at the post from point blank range in the 29th minute of the game on a shot by Brian Petak that was headed for the back of the net. With two saves, Giuliano recorded his eighth shutout of the season. Taylor will host No. 4 seed Grace next Saturday at a time yet to be determined as the Trojans attempt to win their first MCC Tournament semifinal match since 1997.
35: Beachler MCC Player of the Year; Ross Coach of the Year Senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano was recognized as the MCC Defensive Player of the Year. October 28, 2011 2011 All-Mid-Central College Conference Men's Soccer Teams UPLAND—Taylor University senior forward Tyler Beachler was named Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Year on Friday, headlining seven Trojans named to the 2011 All-MCC Men's Soccer teams as voted on by the league's head coaches. Senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano earned the league's top defensive honor as the MCC Defensive Player of the Year. Gary Ross, head coach of the Trojans for the last eight seasons, was named MCC Coach of the Year after guiding Taylor to a 16-1-1 regular season and its first MCC championship since 1997. The Trojans have more wins than any team in the NAIA this season and they reached as high as No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. Taylor ranks sixth in the nation with 60 goals. Sophomore defender Matt Poland and freshman midfielder Tim Daniels, who led the conference with 15 goals during his rookie season, joined Beachler and Giuliano as MCC First Team All-Conference selections. Three Trojans were named to the MCC Second Team, including senior midfielder Daniel Miller, junior forward Jordan Grant, and freshman forward Danny Cawley. Miller earned the second team distinction for the second straight season while Grant and Cawley, who each scored eight goals for the Trojans this season, are in their first year at Taylor. Beachler, a four-time All-MCC selection, is having one of the more productive seasons in the history of Taylor men's soccer. He currently leads the conference in points (39), assists (11), game-winning goals (6), shots (77), and shots on goal (44), while ranking second in goals (14). He ranks in the top 10 nationally for assists, game-winning goals, and points. A five-time MCC Offensive Player of the Week throughout his career, Beachler has scored 54 career goals and 16 game-winners over the last four seasons. Giuliano was voted the top goalkeeper and the best overall defensive player in the league to earn his first selection to the MCC All-Conference First Team after earning second team honors as a junior. The Wheaton, Ill., native leads the MCC with a .89 goals against average and seven shutouts. With 1,625 minutes logged this season, he played all but 15 minutes in net for the Trojans during their undefeated MCC season.
36: Trojans Return to No. 18 in NAIA Coaches' Poll November 01, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men's soccer team matched its highest ranking of the season Tuesday as the Trojans returned to No. 18 in the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Taylor moved up one spot from last week's No. 19 ranking after winning the opening round of the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament. Taylor (17-1-1) fended off an upset-minded Mount Vernon Nazarene squad by the final score of 1-0 in double overtime Saturday during the MCC Tournament quarterfinals as Jordan Grant sent a header into the net in the 105th minute of the match. Now unbeaten in their last 15 matches, the Trojans are tied with No. 3 Hastings as the only two teams in the country with 17 victories this season. With 281 points in this week's poll, Taylor recorded its highest point total of the season and made a gain of 21 poll points over last week. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is ranked No. 1 in the poll for the second straight week after receiving 19 of 22 first-place votes. Taylor hosts Grace this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the MCC Tournament Semifinals. The winner of the match will advance to the championship match held at the higher seeded team on Saturday, Nov. 12. | Trojans Host Grace Saturday in MCC Tournament Semifinal November 02, 2011 UPLAND –The top-seeded Taylor men's soccer team hosts fourth-seeded Grace Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament. The winner of the match will meet either Bethel or Spring Arbor in the tournament championship on Saturday, Nov. 12. Taylor (17-1-1) reached the semifinal round by defeating Mount Vernon Nazarene 1-0 in double overtime Saturday on Jordan Grant's header in the 105th minute of play. Grace (10-6-2) overcame an early deficit against Goshen in the quarterfinals to defeat the Maple Leafs 2-1 and land in Saturday's semifinal. When Taylor and Grace met earlier this season on Oct. 12 in Winona Lake, the Trojans shut out the Lancers 2-0 as MCC Player of the Year Tyler Beachler scored the game-winning goal and later dished out an assist to Tim Miller. Josh Giuliano recorded six saves in net for the Trojans. In 30 all-time meetings between the two programs, Taylor leads the series with a record of 18-9-3. The Trojans hold a 3-0-1 record in postseason play against the Lancers, including a tie in 1991 during the NAIA District 21 semifinals that saw Taylor advance after a penalty kick shootout. The last postseason matchup between the two schools came on Oct. 31, 2009 when Taylor won 2-1 at Grace in the MCC Tournament quarterfinals. Live stats of Saturday's match against Grace will be available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/taylor/msoc/ or on your iOS device at http://www.sidearmstats.com/taylor/msoc/mobile.aspx. There will be no live video stream available for this week's game. The MCC Tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round at one of 16 opening round campus sites on Nov. 19. Winners at each of the opening round locations will advance to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Orange Beach, Ala., Nov. 28 – Dec. 3. Tickets for the MCC Tournament are $2 for students and $5 for adults. The first 50 Taylor students with presenting a student ID at the game will be admitted free of charge.
37: Trojans Advance to MCC Championship With Win Over Grace November 05, 2011 UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University men's soccer team took care of business this afternoon as the Trojans advanced to next Saturday's MCC Tournament championship game with a 2-0 victory over fourth-seeded Grace. Taylor (18-1-1) recorded its sixth straight shutout as the Trojans advance to their first MCC championship game since 1997. Freshman Danny Cawley scored his third game-winner of the season when the Manchester, England, native dribbled the ball through two Grace defenders, slashed to his left into the box and smashed a left-footed kick that scorched the far corner to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead in 23rd minute. The goal was Cawley's ninth of the season and marked the 19th time in 20 games this season the Trojans have scored the first goal of the game. “We knew what the scouting report was on (Cawley) and so we told him the first few times he got the ball to sprint to the end line and cross it instead of shoot and inevitably that will open up a space for him to shoot in the middle,” Taylor coach Gary Ross said. “It worked out how we thought and he was able to cut it in and strike the ball beautifully.” Grace remained within striking distance until the 82nd minute when MCC Player of the Year Tyler Beachler spun on his defender and found a perfectly placed pass from Jordan Grant which set up Beachler's 15th goal of the season as he scooted the ball past the Grace keeper to secure the Taylor victory. “It was a good performance for us,” Ross explained. “It was our focus this week to relax with our minds and we were very deliberate all week about having fun, joking around and just enjoying this.” Senior goalkeeper Josh Giuliano recorded his sixth straight shutout and ninth of the season while recording three saves for the Trojans who outshot Grace 12-8. The Lancers were whistled for 19 fouls compared to 13 for Taylor and Grace held a 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. Taylor will host third-seeded Spring Arbor in the MCC Tournament Championship next Saturday. The Cougars knocked off second-seeded Bethel by a 2-1 margin Saturday night. The start time for the championship game will be determined early next week and will be announced at http://athletics.taylor.edu.
41: Trojans Win MCC Title, Advance to NAIA National Tournament UPLAND—The Taylor men's soccer team scored three second half goals, including two by MCC Player of the Year Tyler Beachler, en route to a 3-0 victory over Spring Arbor in front of an enormous crowd in the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament championship to give the Trojans an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The win was the first conference tournament championship for Taylor since 1997 and it sends the Trojans on their first trip to the NAIA national tournament in program history. Taylor (19-1-1) saw multiple goal-scoring opportunities go awry in the scoreless first half as upset-minded Spring Arbor stood toe-to-toe with the top-seeded Trojans. In the second half it was Beachler who broke the scoreless tie and scored his seventh game-winning goal of the season when the senior sent a direct kick from 30 yards out arching over the Spring Arbor defense and just past the reach of the the SAU keeper to put the Trojans ahead 1-0 in the 47th minute. “Tyler has come through his entire career when we've needed something to happen and he was able to step up on the quick restart,” Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross said. “They weren't anticipating it and we had talked about taking some shots because their keeper isn't the tallest guy and Tyler made it count.” “I saw the keeper on his near post so I thought I might as well try it,” Beachler explained. “Luckily it went in or I would have looked like a fool.” Just as Taylor has done all season long the Trojans wasted little time in adding to their lead as freshmen Danny Cawley and Tim Daniels teamed up for an impressive goal in the 56th minute. Cawley sprinted past two Spring Arbor defenders on the far side of the field before popping the ball in the air and over a third Cougar. He then fed a pass to Daniels, who was waiting at the top of the box. Daniels collected the ball then pounded it to the far post with his left foot for his 16th goal of the season. “Danny dribbled towards the middle and drew their defenders towards him and it really opened the middle up for me,” Daniels said. “It turned into a pretty easy shot.” Beachler added the final goal of the game in the 67th minute as the Elgin, Ill., native got behind the Spring Arbor defense after a long pass from Daniels and scored on the breakaway for his team-leading 17th goal of the season and sent the purple and gold painted student section into a frenzy as the Trojans pushed the lead to 3-0. “That was one of the best atmospheres I've seen,” Daniels said of the wild Taylor crowd. “It's awesome just to see those guys painting up their chests and standing up the whole game even when it's a little cold out here it really gives us an emotional boost.” Taylor turned in an inspired defensive performance as well as the Trojans registered their seventh straight shutout and 11th shutout of the season. Led by defenders Matt Poland and Daniel Miller with senior goalie Josh Giuliano as the anchor, the Trojans didn't allow a potent Spring Arbor offense to fire a single shot on goal while holding the Cougars to just eight shots. Taylor outshot Spring Arbor 19-8 and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks while the Trojans were whistled for 11 fouls compared to seven for the Cougars. For a program that hadn't won a conference crown in 14 years the win marked the culmination of years of hard work and dedication for the Trojans' 8th year head coach, Gary Ross. “We're really excited, I'm really excited,” Ross explained as an ear-to-ear smile filled his face. “I was tearing up in the huddle just thinking that we've worked a lot of years to get our program to this point It's coming together right now and it's fun.” “Words can't really explain the happiness and joy that we're all sharing right now,” Beachler said. “It goes back to the beginning of the season in Northern Ireland when we all got together and decided our goals and making the national tournament was the biggest one. It's just amazing and words can't express how proud I am of each one of these guys.” Taylor will represent the MCC in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round next Saturday, Nov. 19. The opening round will be played at one of 15 campus sites nationwide and the site of Taylor's match will be announced on Sunday evening at http://athletics.taylor.edu.
42: Trojans Eliminated in 2OT from NAIA National Championship November 19, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.—One of the greatest seasons in the history of the Taylor men's soccer program came to an end this afternoon as the Trojans fell 1-0 to Saint Xavier in double overtime at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. Both teams failed to capitalize on goal scoring opportunities throughout the game, but it was the Cougars who finally found the net in the 107th minute of action as Luis Medina skipped a pass through the Taylor defense to find a streaking Matt Klancic. Klancic slid and popped the ball up and over Taylor goalkeeper Josh Giuliano and the ball rolled into the back of the net. The two teams couldn't have been more evenly matched as both the Trojans and Cougars fired 17 shots with Saint Xavier notching eight shots on goal compared to Taylor's six. Both teams took eight corner kicks. “They're a good team and we knew it would be a battle,” Ross explained. “It was a touch, physical match for us and we thought we had worn them out enough to put away the ball in the second half. We had our chances but we just didn't get it done.” Perhaps the best scoring opportunity that the Trojans saw slip away came in the first moments of the second overtime as MCC Player of the Year Tyler Beachler snuck behind the Saint Xavier defense to find himself with just the Cougars' keeper to beat. Beachler's first shot deflected off the keeper and high into the air allowing the senior to run underneath the ball and attempt a header on the empty net but his attempt scooted just outside the near post. Saint Xavier keeper Kyle Held registered six saves and just his second shutout of the season while Giuliano was credited with seven saves, including two remarkable stops. The goal was the first allowed by Giuliano and the Taylor defense in the last eight matches. Saint Xavier (14-8) advances to the NAIA National Championship Final Site in Orange Beach, Ala., which begins on Nov. 28. Taylor (19-2-1) finishes the season with the second most wins in school history after claiming Taylor's first Mid-Central College Conference regular season and tournament titles since 1997. The Trojans appeared in the NAIA national tournament for the first time in school history and earned a No. 17 ranking in the final NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. “It obviously hurts now, but we accomplished a lot this year,” Ross said. “We had a lot of firsts and now we just need to learn from this and get further next year.” Taylor will lose four seniors to graduation in Giuliano, Beachler, Daniel Miller, and Josh Groves. The quartet increased their win total in each of their four seasons. “It's going to be difficult to see them go,” Ross said. “They were so good, they led so well, and they played so hard. Anytime you have talented guys that do that they are a huge loss to a program.”
44: Men's Soccer Duo Named First Team Academic All-District November 21, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.— Taylor University seniors Tyler Beachler and Daniel Miller have both been named to the 2011 Capital One First Team Academic All-District 3 Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Academic All-District teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Beachler, a finance major from Elgin, Ill., carries a 3.41 GPA as a team captain for the Trojans. The 2011 Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Year led the MCC this season with 17 goals and 11 assists while ranking fourth in the nation with seven game-winning goals. Miller, a social studies education major with a 3.64 GPA from St. Louis, Mo., is the top defensive midfielder of a Taylor defensive unit that recorded 11 shutouts this season. The Trojan defense allowed just 17 goals, including just four games in which opponents have scored multiple goals. The senior duo has been a major part of Taylor's 19-2-1 season that resulted in MCC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1997. Taylor qualified for its first NAIA National Championship in school history before falling in the opening round to St. Xavier 1-0 in double overtime. The College Division of District 3 is made up of NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and nominated by his sports information director. | CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT FIRST TEAM - COLLEGE DIVISION (IL, IN, MI) Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major GK Ryan Troyer GOSHEN Sr. 3.84 Computer science D Nana Ampong SIENA HEIGHTS Jr. 3.65 Accounting D Zach Baron ST. FRANCIS (IN) Jr. 3.99 Business Admin D Owain Jones ST. FRANCIS (IN) Sr. 3.49 Chemistry D Jon Krempel ST. FRANCIS (IN) Sr. 3.63 Music technology M Corey Burke JUDSON (IL) Sr. 3.90 Biology (pre-med) M Horraine Lewis ANCILLA So. 3.41 Business administration M Daniel Miller TAYLOR Sr. 3.64 Social studies education M Greg Thiessen GOSHEN Sr. 3.89 Physics / biology F Liam Barrett ILLINOIS INST. OF TECH. Jr. 4.00 Business F Tyler Beachler TAYLOR Sr. 3.41 Finance F Jan Dohnal GOSHEN Sr. 3.79 International law
45: 2011 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Soccer Teams UPLAND, Ind.—Tyler Beachler and Daniel Miller, both seniors on the Taylor University men's soccer team, have been named 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans for the College Division, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Beachler is just the third Taylor student-athlete in school history to be named First Team Academic All-American. Miller was recognized as a third team selection as the pair becomes the first men's soccer players in school history to be named Academic All-Americans. Beachler led the Mid-Central College Conference in goals (17), assists (11) and points (45) while earning MCC Player of the Year and First Team All-MCC honors. A senior finance major from Elgin, Ill., he has a 3.41 G.P.A. as a team captain for the Trojans. He led Taylor to a 19-2-1 season that resulted in MCC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1997. Taylor qualified for its first NAIA National Championship in school history. A three-time all-conference first team member, Beachler has 57 career goals with 130 career points. Miller is a social studies education major with a 3.64 GPA. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Miller was the top defensive midfielder of a Taylor defensive unit that recorded 11 shutouts this season. The Trojan defense allowed just 17 goals, including just four games in which opponents scored multiple goals. The Academic All-America teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The College Division Academic All-America soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
46: Beachler, Miller Make History as Academic All-Americans The seniors are the first in Taylor Men's Soccer history to be named Academic All-America. November 29, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.—Tyler Beachler and Daniel Miller, both seniors on the Taylor University men's soccer team, have been named 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans for the College Division, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Beachler is just the third Taylor student-athlete in school history to be named First Team Academic All-American. Miller was recognized as a third team selection as the pair becomes the first men's soccer players in school history to be named Academic All-Americans. Beachler led the Mid-Central College Conference in goals (17), assists (11) and points (45) while earning MCC Player of the Year and First Team All-MCC honors. A senior finance major from Elgin, Ill., he has a 3.41 G.P.A. as a team captain for the Trojans. He led Taylor to a 19-2-1 season that resulted in MCC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1997. Taylor qualified for its first NAIA National Championship in school history. A three-time all-conference first team member, Beachler has 57 career goals with 130 career points. Miller is a social studies education major with a 3.64 GPA. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Miller was the top defensive midfielder of a Taylor defensive unit that recorded 11 shutouts this season. The Trojan defense allowed just 17 goals, including just four games in which opponents scored multiple goals. The Academic All-America teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The College Division Academic All-America soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
47: Beachler to Join Taylor Coaches at Alabama Pro Showcase December 02, 2011 Tyler Beachler, a senior on the Taylor University men's soccer team, will join Taylor head coach Gary Ross and assistant coach Nate Miller at the 2011 Tourbeau College Soccer Showcase held in Orange Beach, Alabama from Dec. 5-9. Ross will also serve as the color commentator for the NAIA National Championship game which will be streamed online on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. EST. To watch the stream for $9.95, click here. In its inaugural year, the Tourbeau College Soccer Showcase will provide an opportunity for the top NAIA soccer players in the United States and Canada to participate in a week-long showcase. The event will allow scouts from the top professional clubs around the world to evaluate the talents of the best players in college soccer. “This is a great chance for Tyler to see if soccer can take him even further in his life,” Ross said. “Having just received the Capital One First Team Academic All-American award it is clear that he is capable in the classroom. He's worked hard to receive a great education, done very well in the world of academia and has set himself up in the world of soccer to get a shot at the next level.” Beachler led the Mid-Central College Conference in goals (17), assists (11) and points (45) while earning MCC Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors. A senior finance major from Elgin, Ill., he has a 3.41 G.P.A. as a team captain for the Trojans. A three-time all-conference first team member, Beachler scored 57 career goals and 130 career points. “This event is a showcase where professional scouts will be watching,” Ross explained. “It's possible that his performance could translate into teams being interested in him at the next level. Coach Miller made it to a final cut of a showcase for a professional club in Pennsylvania after his senior year and he's been helping Tyler with what to expect from the week. Our encouragement to Tyler is to go after it with everything he has and to believe that he can succeed there. It would be great not only for him personally, but for our program if he were to succeed at the next level.” Ross was selected as one of the seven NAIA coaches who will be charged with supervising a select team during the event. In his eighth season as the head coach at Taylor, Ross led the Trojans to a 19-2-1 season that resulted in MCC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1997. Taylor qualified for its first NAIA National Championship in school history. His assistant coach at Taylor, Nate Miller, will join Ross as a coach for the showcase. “I think it's an awesome opportunity to coach and present at the showcase,” Ross said. “It will be great to be around a collection of top notch coaches and players from whom I hope to learn a great deal. “I can always find things to improve on and my objective for the week will be to not only challenge and train some exceptional players but also to learn from them and other coaches so I can help our program in the future,” Ross continued. “I see the impact as really positive for us as we get our program more national exposure and really am honored to have received the request.”
48: Three Trojans Named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American December 05, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.—Three members of the Mid-Central College Conference champion Taylor University men's soccer team have been named NAIA Honorable Mention All-Americans, the national office announced Monday. Seniors Tyler Beachler (Elgin, Ill.) and Josh Giuliano (Wheaton, Ill.) along with freshman Tim Daniels (Wheaton, Ill.) each earned honorable mention status to make Taylor one of eight schools in the NAIA to have more than two players recognized as All-Americans. “We couldn't be more pleased for these three guys,” said Taylor Head Coach Gary Ross, who was named 2011 MCC Coach of the Year. “All three of them have worked extremely hard and we're proud they do things the right way. They're humble guys, they are hard workers, and they are coachable. I'm happy for them as young men because they've achieved something really special.” The trio of Illinois natives helped lead Taylor to its first NAIA national tournament in school history with a record of 19-2-1 that resulted in MCC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 1997. Beachler, the MCC Player of the Year, led the league with 17 goals and 11 assists while ranking fourth in the NAIA with seven game-winning goals. A Capital One First Team Academic All-American, Beachler is a four-time MCC All-Conference First Team member with 57 career goals and 130 career points. Giuliano, the MCC Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 10 shutouts this season to lead the MCC while recording 95 saves for an .848 save percentage. With 2,015 minutes logged in goal this season, Giuliano anchored the Taylor defense to rank fifth in the nation in total shutouts. Daniels, one of just two freshman on the list of All-Americans, quickly made his mark for the Trojans during a rookie season that included 16 goals and six assists for 38 points, which ranked only behind Beachler in the conference. A First Team All-MCC selection, Daniels tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals. The NAIA recognizes first, second and third team All-Americans, with each team consisting of 11 players, along with 35 honorable mention selections. Ross said that Taylor's accomplishments in 2011 will continue to reap benefits in the future. “The success we've had as a team and now with some of the individual accolades, I think it just demonstrates that we can develop players. To have tangible results to show that certainly will help us in the recruiting process.”
49: Benefactor Group Gives $3.2 Million to Build Taylor Sports Complex December 08, 2011 UPLAND, Ind.--An expansive project to renovate Jim Wheeler Memorial Stadium on the Taylor University campus will transform the facility from hosting only football games into a football and soccer venue with new, permanent seating, an artificial turf field, and permanent lighting. A group of benefactors has pledged $3.2 million to fund the project, which also includes a new scoreboard, a full-sized football/soccer practice field with artificial turf and lights, as well as one one-half size field with natural turf. University officials say construction will begin in early 2012 with completion expected by August 1, 2012. “Taylor University has long recognized the value of our intercollegiate athletic program is not measured only in terms of wins and losses, but also by their impact on the lives of our students, community and alumni,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, President of Taylor University. “We are so grateful that this vision is shared by these friends who have shown their approval with their sacrificial and generous support of this important project. We are very excited that in the coming months our football and soccer athletes will be able to practice and play in facilities that match their outstanding achievements.” According to Dr. Ben R. Sells, Vice President for University Advancement, the benefactors are long-time Taylor friends who have partnered with new supporters to fund the new Sports Complex. “These individuals have generously invested in student scholarships, faculty support, academic programs and facilities to advance our mission,” he said. “Given the positive direction of Taylor athletics along with student success on and off the field, they want to make it possible for students to benefit from this complex.” "Dr. Angie Fincannon, Director of Athletics, reached out to these individuals and through her vision and leadership compelled their involvement," added Sells. "We will be working with Dr. Fincannon and Marty Songer, Director of Alumni Programs, to partner with these generous friends." The Sports Complex represents the first phase to improve athletic fields and facilities. Future initiatives, also dependent on gifts, include: space for football locker rooms, offices, meeting rooms and a weight room; enhancements to the Glass Track and Field; and lights and press box for baseball and softball fields plus artificial turf for baseball infield. Another important initiative already underway is additional scholarships funded by alumni and friends. “Watching the transformation that occurs in the lives of athletes through lessons learned in athletics has been a privilege to experience,” said Fincannon. “It is exciting and gratifying that those who understand this process share a vision of what Taylor University athletics can and will be. This addition to our athletic facilities will make positive and immediate impact for the campus – for our entire intercollegiate program and particularly for men's and women's soccer and football. This is a great leap for Taylor University.” | Pro Soccer Combine: 2012 Sarasota, FL | Welcome to InfoSport's Pro Soccer Combines InfoSport's 12th annual Pro Soccer Combine will take place January 3-5, 2012 at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch in the Bradenton/Sarasota area of Florida. Participants will be paced through training sessions, small-sided and full-field games by an unparalleled professional coaching staff headed by Daryl Shore, current head coach of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and former assistant with the Chicago Fire (MLS) The scouting reports and player profile data for each player are made available to EVERY professional soccer team around the world through InfoSport's well-visited web site. The list of invited guests includes pro coaches, general managers, scouts and agents from around the world. Coaches from MLS, NASL, USL, MISL, other professional leagues and international teams are always in attendance to scout and evaluate players. Draft-eligible college seniors, pro soccer veterans and qualified free agents seeking contracts in MLS, NASL, USL, MISL, or any international league, may attend InfoSport's Pro Soccer Combine. The data that is collected on each combine participant is paired with that individual's comprehensive soccer resume and written combine scouting report, to provide each player with the most comprehensive and credible written tools to market their soccer talents. These player reports are then made available by InfoSport to all MLS, NASL, USL and MISL teams. In addition, international teams and agents have complete access to our online database of player profiles.
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51: Team Rankings Ranks Number 5 in Division I in Shutouts per Game (0.500) Ranks Number 5 in Division I in Total Shutouts (11.000) Ranks Number 11 in Division I in Total Goals (66) Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Goals per Game (3.000) Ranks Number 21 in Division I in Total Assists (45) Ranks Number 27 in Division I in Assists per Game (2.050) Ranks Number 33 in Division I in Shots on Goal per Game (8.360) Ranks Number 42 in Division I in Shots per Game (17.140) | # 11 Tyler Beachler - Forward Individual Rankings Ranks Number 4 in Division I in Total Game Winning Goals (7) Ranks Number 10 in Division I in Game Winning Goals per Game (0.320) Ranks Number 13 in Division I in Total Points (45.000) Ranks Number 16 in Division I in Total Goals (17) Ranks Number 18 in Division I in Total Assists (11) Ranks Number 25 in Division I in Shots on Goal per Game (2.410) Ranks Number 27 in Division I in Points per Game (2.050) Ranks Number 29 in Division I in Shots per Game (4.230) Ranks Number 37 in Division I in Assists per Game (0.500) Ranks Number 39 in Division I in Goals per Game (0.770)