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Rotation Spurs First Five-Goal Game Since 2011 In Shutout Of Rochester
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Final12F
Rochester (Mich.) (0-3)000
Goshen (Ind.) (3-2)415
Goshen, IN
Scoring Summary
PeriodTimePlayer
1 11:46Alejandro Rosales (Goshen (Ind.))
1 21:16Ollie Smith (Goshen (Ind.))
1 25:29Nate Nussbaum (Goshen (Ind.))
1 32:01Ethan Francois-Ravalier (Goshen (Ind.))
2 63:03Ollie Smith (Goshen (Ind.))
Rochester (Mich.)Indv. LeadersGoshen (Ind.)
NoneGoals#7 Ollie Smith - 2
NoneAssists 2 Players (#7,#9) - 2
#12 Kyle Richards - 3Shots 3 Players - 3
#0 KJ Jones - 3Saves 2 Players (#0,#13) - 1
Rochester (Mich.)Team StatisticsGoshen (Ind.)
11 (2)Shots (on goal) 16 (8)
3Saves 2
9Fouls 11
4Corner Kicks 8
2Offsides 8
Men's Soccer - Thu, Sep. 7, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — Ollie Smith scored twice and assisted twice in Goshen College's 5-0 men's soccer victory over Rochester College on Wednesday night at the John Ingold Athletic Complex.

Four of the five Goshen goals came in a 21-minute span in the first half. Smith picked up his first assist on a cross to Alejandro Rosales for a 12th-minute score before adding his first goal on a through ball from Brodie Nofziger 10 minutes later.

Nate Nussbaum scored his second goal of 2017 with 19:31 left in the half off a cleared free kick before Smith assisted Ethan Francois-Ravalier on the fullback's first career goal with 12:59 remaining.

Smith's second goal of the night came on a free kick with 26:57 left as the sophomore's shot eluded RC netminder Zach Tilson.

"I was really happy with how brightly we started," said Goshen coach Arron Patrick. "There was tons of space out there, and although it would have been easy to do a lot more dribbling, we moved the ball OK and rotated positions a ton. It caused Rochester problems when we rotated in the middle of the pitch. That movement allowed us to get in on goal a ton of times with our wide players."

Eight Goshen players took shots in the game: Francois-Ravalier, Smith and Rosales each put two on frame. Lucas Vilela added two shots on net. Of Goshen's 16 shots, only half were on target and the team had as many offside calls (eight) as shots on goal.

"We scored five times, but I was not happy with our finishing," Patrick said. "We're looking for better decision-making in this type of game."

Rochester's best chance came from the penalty spot with 9:35 remaining, when goalkeeper Oliver Wisseman made a diving save to his right. The stop was Wisseman's only save of the game: Tyler Born also had a save in 24 minutes after Johan Escalante played the first half without facing a shot on goal.

The shutout was Goshen's sixth in a row at the John Ingold Athletic Complex, a string that dates back to last October. Since a Huntington equalizer with 4:41 left in regulation on Oct. 1, 2016, Goshen has gone almost 585 minutes without allowing a goal at home, 10 minutes shy of the program record set from Nov. 1, 1980, to Oct. 17, 1981.

The Warriors (0-3) took six of their 11 shots and all four corner kicks after halftime. Kyle Richards took a team-high three shots while KJ Jones made three saves.

"Rochester came out in the second half ready to work hard and they never rolled over," Patrick said. "When we made mistakes, they did a good job of taking the ball away from us and they would have made us pay if not for Oliver making a good save on the penalty."

With Goshen (3-2) playing its third match in five days, Patrick used eight subs including all three of his goalkeepers. Reserve center back Gabriel Eisenbeis, a senior, saw a career-high 22 minutes of action in the second half.

"Gabe getting more than 20 minutes is really cool for me because he has come such a long way and is the most humble of guys," Patrick said. "I loved how happy his teammates were for him, and then he played great too. Ultimately this game was about getting everyone lots of minutes, scoring some goals and keeping a clean sheet. Being able to use all the available players will do the group good. It was great to see guys being happy for their teammates and getting to encourage each other."

Smith's brace combined with Stuart Aeschliman's hat trick Monday against Holy Cross means that, on September 6, Goshen players have posted two multi-goal games this year: the 2016 team managed two the entire season.

Goshen's five-goal output was the team's highest since a 5-0 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011: that team took 21 shots to achieve a goal for each finger, something the Maple Leafs did in their first 15 shots Wednesday.

The Maple Leafs will seek to extend a seven-match unbeaten run on their home ground Saturday against Calumet College of St. Joseph. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.