INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A pair of second half goals and another strong defensive stand helped the Maple Leaf men's soccer team win its third straight, 2-0 over host Marian University Saturday night.
"It was a great team win with the defense stepping up and doing a great job keeping the clean sheet," head coach Tavi Mounsithiraj said. "I am happy for the team and how they continue to work and improve."
After starting the season 2-8, Goshen has not lost in its last five matches (4-0-1). They also have four shutouts in that span and have not allowed a goal in 233-plus minutes of game time.
Offensively, the Maple Leafs piled up the opportunities in the first half, firing 14 shots including eight on frame. Their breakthrough did not come until a minute and a half into the second half, though.
"We created many chances in the first half, but hit them directly at the keeper," Mounsithiraj explained. "In the second half, we were in all out attack mode, trying for goals and we got it when Joe Gunden hustled to the ball and the keeper cleared it off his leg into the goal."
After Gunden's second goal of the season gave the Maple Leafs the result they need to confirm their hard work, they continued to press forward in confidence. Freshman Josh Stoltzfus made the most of new found spirit, taking a ball from midfield and out dribbling a series of Knight defenders before finishing with his left foot in the 55th minute.
Goshen eventually out shot Marian 19-10, including a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal. Dalton Mudd made 11 saves for the Knights, while Dean Nafziger earned his fourth shutout of the season with four saves.
The win was the 499th in the history of the Goshen College men's soccer program. The Leafs (6-8-1, 3-3-1 Crossroads League) will go for win #500 when they host Bethel College for Senior Night on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.