Leafs News
Action-Packed First Half Propels Goshen To Record, Past CCSJ
News Photo
Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.) (1-3)101
Goshen (Ind.) (4-2)202
Goshen, IN
Scoring Summary
1 08:11Ollie Smith (Goshen (Ind.))
1 19:14Farouk Afalobi (Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.))
1 31:58Nate Nussbaum (Goshen (Ind.))
Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.)Indv. LeadersGoshen (Ind.)
#10 Farouk Afalobi - 1Goals2 Players (#7,#8) - 1
NoneAssists 2 Players (#7,#8) - 1
5 Players - 2Shots 2 Players (#8,#20) - 4
#0 Roy Gean - 2Saves #1 Johan Escalante - 4
Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.)Team StatisticsGoshen (Ind.)
14 (5)Shots (on goal) 13 (4)
2Saves 4
15Fouls 12
8Corner Kicks 3
0Offsides 0
Men's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

By Chandler Ingle
Sports Information Intern

GOSHEN, Ind — Ollie Smith and Nate Nussbaum stole the show for the Goshen College men's soccer team in their 2-1 victory over Calumet College of St. Joseph Saturday evening at the John Ingold Athletic Complex.

Following an action-packed afternoon with four home events on the Goshen courts and fields, the Goshen men (4-2) hit the ground running with shots early and often. The first half was all that was needed for Smith and Nussbaum to do their work as each took a turn scoring and assisting.

Smith picked up right where he left off with his first-half brilliance just three days after scoring two goals in the first frame against Rochester College. Just over eight minutes into action, Smith flashed his speed down the right sideline, where he received a leading pass from Nussbaum. Then Smith did one of the things he does best: score. The goal was the York, England, native's fourth of the season, one off his 2016 team-leading mark and Stuart Aeschliman's current team high.

The Goshen lead, however, would not last long. In the 20th minute, Calumet junior forward Farouk Afalobi did his best impression of Smith as he, too, raced down the right sideline to burn the defense and launch the team's first goal. The Afalobi goal snapped Goshen's school-record home shutout streak at 605 minutes, 54 seconds: the previous high of 595 minutes was set in the final match of the 1980 season and the first five home games of 1981.

"We have done a lot of good things so far, and the record is an example of that," said Goshen coach Arron Patrick. "We are happy, but not content. We are unhappy that we didn't get a clean sheet tonight and need to correct things as that's another set piece goal against. We will definitely be delving further into how we stop that happening, because teams cannot seem to break us down in the run of play."

Roughly 12 minutes later, Smith returned to the limelight with the other thing he does a lot: an assist. He booted a free kick from the left side to return the favor to Nussbaum for an easy short-distance tap-in.

The cross-field connection was Smith's team-leading sixth assist of the season. The last Leaf to reach at least six assists in a season was Caleb Longenecker in 2012 while the season assist record stands at 14. The Nussbaum goal was his third of the season and the ninth of his three-year career.

The Goshen defense and reliable netminder Johan Escalante stayed true to their home-dominance form for the remaining 58 minutes to seal the one-goal victory.

Calumet's most opportune scoring chance presented itself with 9:24 left in regulation as Escalante made a diving block near the right post while a Calumet forward tipped what seemed to be an open-net goal into the legs of a diving T.J. White. Calumet attempted 14 total shots with five on goal compared to Goshen's 13 and four. Escalante made four saves for Goshen to run his season total to 20 and lower his goals-against average to 1.51.

"We managed the game well, understanding when to play possession and when to play more direct," Patrick said. "This is a big step in our progression from a team that is in most games to a team that looks to win them. Not many teams can handle five games in 11 days. The fitness we came in with helps a lot and having guys that are mentally tough is huge. Add to that a deep squad, and we have the makings of a solid team."

"Calumet played pretty direct but with real quality," Patrick said. "I thought their big man up top (James Meehan) was outstanding, and he caused us all kinds of problems. Afalobi also caused problems running off him, and it took us a while to figure it out. I thought we did an excellent job recognizing their high line and got in behind several times. With more concentration we could have put this game away a few times, but credit Calumet for continuing to play and ask questions of us."

"Our upcoming full week off will help us in many ways," Patrick continued. "The guys can catch up and get ahead with school work. We can recover fully physically and should have a full-strength team by Saturday. It also gives us time to analyze our level of play so far—not our record, but our structure, style, and productivity. We will be able to take that analysis and tighten some things up as we move forward with our last 3 non-conference matches."

Goshen will get a much-needed six-day break after four games in the past eight days before continuing non-conference action against the University of Saint Francis of Illinois next Saturday. Action is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Goshen College Soccer Camp Night.