GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen College women's soccer team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule with a tough back-and-forth 3-2 loss to NCAA DII Urbana University Saturday night.
A strong start saw the Maple Leafs take the early lead in the 24th minute via freshman Kately Vendrely. Junior Emily Fretz sent a swerving ball into the box and Vendrely volleyed in her sixth goal of the season to get Goshen on the board. Vendrely is second on the team in goals (Dana Christner has seven) and leads the team with 17 points.
Just seven minuets later, though, Bailey Domer equalized for the Blue Knights, striking from seven yards out. Then, less than three minutes before the halftime break, Urbana took their first lead, this time off the foot of McKensey Cross who finished a through ball from Alexis Titus.
Goshen out shot the visitors 6-5 in the half, but put just three of those attempts on target.
They wasted little time making a game of it again in the second half, however. In the 51st minute, Fretz assisted on her second goal of the night sending a looping ball across the box. Senior Kristina Lopienski calmly finished the far post for her first tally of the year and first since she scored against Bluffton University back on September 9, 2009.
The tied score was short-lived, though, as the visitors took control again in the 57th minute when Brittany Mazzu tapped a rebound into an empty net.
Goshen out shot the visitors 12-8 overall with each side hitting seven on frame. Senior Lynn Weaver made four saves for the Leafs, while Meghan Taucher had five for Urbana.
The Maple Leafs (4-5) open Crossroads League play on Tuesday when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 4 p.m.