DEERFIELD, Ill. - The win streak for the Goshen College women's soccer team was snapped at four matches as host Trinity International University held on for a 2-1 victory Saturday night.
"I was very impressed with the ladies playing against such a seasoned and quality squad," second-year head coach Fabio dos Santos said. "Trinity deserves to be ranked, but our girls deserve to be praised after overcoming a slow start to be face-to-face with such a good team. We had opportunities to tie and even turn the game in our favor, but that is how soccer is."
The Trojans - receiving votes in the latest NAIA national poll - scored an own goal in the 12th minute and added a strike in the 53rd to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The Maple Leafs attempts to get back into the contest were given a boost in the 71st when they were awarded a penalty kick. Senior Marina do Valle took it and scored her fourth of the season to pull the Leafs within one.
Despite having a ball cleared off the line, the Leafs could not get an equalizer to the back of the net. They were outshot 8-3 on the evening with senior goalkeeper Lynn Weaver (Goshen, Ind.) making six saves.
"It is important to praise our ladies, they played with heart, passion and beyond their comfort zone against a very good squad," dos Santos added. "That shows them and the coaching staff that we are headed to a great season and a great future for Goshen College and the women's soccer program. I want to highlight Gina Gautsche and Bianca Brambilla for their dedication and selfless service to their team."
Goshen (4-2) will be back in action when they travel to Cornerstone University on Wednesday.