GOSHEN, Ind. – The goals came early and often for the Goshen College women's soccer team as they defeated visiting Andrews University 12-1 Tuesday night.
The win was the Maple Leafs fourth in a row, the program's longest winning streak since late in the 1997 season. It is also the best start for Goshen since they began that same 1997 season 6-0.
Senior captain Mara Swartzentruber (Albuquerque, N.M.) opened the scoring in the 12th minute, knocking in a loose ball in the box. Goshen scored three more times in the first half via junior Dana Christner (Goshen, Ind.) and freshman Katelyn Vendrely (Flossmoor, Ill.).
The night had just began for Christner and Vendrely, though. Christner scored three-straight goals for the Leafs in an 11-minute span in the second half, finishing with four goals and an assist, while Vendrely also netted a hat trick to go with a pair of assists.
Andrews managed to get on the board in the 84th minute on a strike from Kathleen Wilson. The goal snapped the Maple Leafs defensive streak at just over 360 minutes without allowing a goal, a span which saw three shutouts.
Goshen (4-1) returns to the pitch on Saturday when they travel to Trinity International University, who received votes in the latest NAIA national poll.