MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - After dropping its season opener 4-1 on Friday night, the Goshen College women's soccer team rebounded in a big way Monday. Three days after the opening loss, the Maple Leafs defeated William Penn University (Iowa) 9-0, picking up their first victory of 2012.
The goals came early and often for Goshen with three players registering their first career talliy and three more scoring for the first time in 2012.
"The team has finally played close to our expectations," head coach Fabio dos Santos explained. "We had great passes, possession of the ball and intensity. Our new players have added that special touch we are looking for to become competitive. Our upperclassmen stepped to the plate tonight playing great soccer and motivating our freshmen."
The Maple Leafs had an incredible 41 shots on the afternoon, including 27 on frame. Goshen got on the board with first-half strikes off the feet of Katelyn Vendrely and Jennifer Steinmetz, while adding a third on an own goal.
In the second half, it was more Leafs. Vendrely scored her second, while Dana Christner, Anneliese Baer, Emma Caskey, Marina do Valle, and Emily Fretz all also got on the score sheet.
In addition to her two goals, Vendrely also added an assist in her first career varsity contest. Senior Marina do Valle added two assists to go with her first goal of the season.
"Marina do Valle was a show apart with her foot skills and technical ability, motivating her young peers to do better," dos Santos continued. "Malaina Weldy was a great surprise, she seems very comfortable and made a difference."
The Maple Leafs (1-1) look to build momentum with the big win as they head into a weekend series against Manchester College and Anderson University.
"Overall, we played well, but we have room for development," the second-year head coach added.