GOSHEN, Ind. – Ind. – The Goshen College men's soccer team scored less than a minute in and never looked back in a 4-0 win over visiting Bluffton University late Tuesday night.
"It was a good win for us tonight to be able to score four goals against a quality side like Bluffton is a good feeling," head coach Tavi Mounsithiraj said. "I thought off the opening whistle, we were in the attacking mode and I wanted us to start strong. As of late, it has taken us a while to get going and we have been letting teams get into the game, but tonight our team responded with an early goal."
Off a short corner kick, Mark Baker sent a swerving ball to the far post. Sophomore Caleb Longencker was there, taking a header off a short bounce and putting it into the back of the net for an early lead. Then, in the 22nd minute, senior Daniel Martin sent a through ball to junior Jacob Yoder leaving him one-on-one with an onrushing keeper. He calmly chipped over him sending the Maple Leafs to a 2-0 lead before haltime.
"I thought we did a good job keeping pressure on them in the first half, but credit Bluffton despite being down early, they continued to push hard and forced Brian O'Leary to come up with a couple of big saves in the first half," Mounsithiraj explained.
Longenecker added his second of the night in the 57th minute (from Charlie Frederick) and Joe Gunden capped the scoring in the 66th minute for Goshen who out shot the Beavers 21-11.
Jeff Yoder made six saves for the visitors, while Brian O'Leary made five, including a pair of diving attempts to keep Bluffton scoreless.
"It was a good win for us and we were able to play a lot of people tonight with back-to-back games we got to rest several starters," Mounsithiraj continued. "It was a good team effort and it was good to see Coach Nussbaum on the GC sideline again. Coach Nussbaum was an assistant coach here when I was a player in the early 90's. His team is still very young, but I know he will get the boys going in the right direction."
Goshen (4-3) is back in action Wednesday night when they host Manchester University at 7 p.m.