SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The task was always going to be tough for the Goshen College women's soccer team as they hoped to keep their Crossroads League Tournament hopes alive.
The Maple Leafs needed a win, but they were playing at the #6 team in the nation Spring Arbor University: who had a 10-match winning streak, who had allowed just two goals all year in conference play, and who had defeated Goshen 12 times in a row.
The determination was their, but in the end, the task was too great. The host Cougars used a pair of quick two-goal outbursts to officially eliminate the Maple Leafs from the postseason with a 5-0 victory Saturday night.
Megan Wegener opened the scoring in the 13th minute with Courtney Harrison adding Spring Arbor's second just over two minutes later. Ashley Denio hit for a 40th minute strike as the hosts took a 3-0 halftime lead with a 10-3 advantage on shots.
In the second half, Spring Arbor struck twice in less than two minutes (63rd and 65th minutes) from Olivia Clark and Denio.
Senior goalkeeper Lynn Weaver made nine saves for the Maple Leafs who were only able to take four shots, including two on frame.
Goshen (5-12, 1-7 CL) will finish its season with a trip to Grace College on Tuesday.