GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen College men's soccer team suffered its second-straight defeat in Crossroads League play, falling to visiting Huntington University 3-1 Tuesday night.
"Huntington is a team that is much improved from the last couple of years and they were ready to play and to play hard against us," head coach Tavi Mounsithiraj said. "Hats off to HU and their staff for coming here and stealing this all important road win from us. We have to get back to the drawing board and see what we need to work on."
A scoreless tie was broke shortly before halftime when the Foresters Kyle Van Wagoner ripped a volley into the upper ninety just two minutes before the break.
Despite going down 1-0 late in the opening half, the Maple Leafs had a response early in the second. Senior Charlie Frederick sent a swerving ball across the top of the box and sophomore Caleb Longenecker calmly chipped in his fifth goal of the season to knock the score at 1-1.
With the new-found momentum, Goshen pushed hard to take the lead, seeing chance after chance thwarted by the Forster defense of the lack of a final touch.
Just ten minutes later and Huntington's Josh Codd made them pay. He held off his defender, went one-on-one with the keeper and put the visitors on top for good. Paul Holliday struck from a sharp angle along the left side in the 70th minute to cap the scoring.
"After tying the game up, we suddenly had all the momentum," Mounsithiraj explained. "We were playing really good soccer and we were getting chances, but just could not score. They were able to put one in against the run of play and we were just down after that goal. They put in another and it was all over for us. We played good soccer here and there, but have got to be more consistent."
Huntington out shot Goshen 13-12 overall and 7-6 on frame with Drew Mattingly making five saves in the win. The Maple Leafs (6-5-1, 1-2-1 CL) got three saves from Brian O'Leary, but has some work to do to get back in the Crossroads League hunt, which will continue at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.
"We have our work cut out for us, but I do still feel that our best soccer is ahead of us and we will keep playing hard," Mounsithiraj said in closing.