GOSHEN, Ind. – After getting involved in an offensive slugfest earlier in the week, the Maple Leaf women's soccer team was in a completely different fight as they hosted Taylor University Saturday night.
The two teams combined for just 13 shots - all on frame - as one second-half strike by the Trojans was all that found the back of the net in a 1-0 Taylor victory.
Goshen out shot the visitors 4-1 in the opening 45 minutes and may have had the best chance of the period when sophomore Gina Gautsche was sent free along the right side of the box. She managed to bring down a tough bouncing ball, but it was deflected safely wide.
Taylor picked up the pace after the halftime whistle, firing six shots to Goshen's two. With just over 20 minutes to play, they drew a free kick just outside the penalty area and Christi Dithrich struck a beauty to the far post for the game's lone goal.
The Leafs pushed furiously for a last second equalize. They nearly had one when Melanie Drinkwater attempted to pound home a loose ball in the box with less than 30 seconds remaining, but Kristiana Griffith made one of her five saves on the night to preserve the shutout.
Freshman Natalie Thorne made six saves in the effort for the Maple Leafs who fall to 6-9 overall and 1-6 in league play. They will head to Marian University next Wednesday.