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Weekly Leaflet: Mid-September Brings Tennis Tourney, Several CL Opponents
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Leafs - Wed, Sep. 13, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — The week after Goshen College's busiest week of the fall sees five of the Maple Leafs' seven athletic teams in season take the field, court and course, with three of them playing more than once and several men's tennis players playing anywhere from six to 13 times in a five-day span from September 14-20.

After taking on Saint Francis in Fort Wayne on Tuesday as part of the regular Crossroads League schedule, five Goshen singles players and three doubles teams head to Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Midwest Regional beginning on Thursday. Each player and pair is guaranteed at least two matches, with 13 set for Thursday alone: both singles and doubles include consolation draws for first-round losers and all four draws are single-elimination. Eric Zuercher (the 17th singles seed) and the team of Juan Miguel Ciudad and Kartikeya Sharma (the seventh doubles seed) are GC's top entrants.

Next on the frequency-of-play list is the GC volleyball team, which starts an eight-match run of Crossroads League tilts with matches against Saint Francis, Marian and Indiana Wesleyan. The latter two come on the road against the two conference teams that have gotten NAIA coaches' poll votes: the Knights had the 34th-highest point total and the Wildcats the 20th.

Speaking of conference action, the men's and women's cross country teams won't get to the conference meet until November. The team will get to that course ahead of time, however, visiting Northview Church in Carmel for the Crossroads League preview meet hosted by Marian on Friday afternoon.

Finally, women's soccer seeks to get back above .500 at Holy Cross on Wednesday before hosting Cornerstone for Senior Day in the final non-conference home game at 4 p.m. Saturday. The men's team follows that up with a tilt against Saint Francis of Illinois at 7 p.m.; the doubleheader has also been declared Goshen College Soccer Camp Day.


SCHEDULE:

DayEventTimeFollow Live
TuesdayMen's tennis at Saint Francis (Ind.)4 p.m.   
 Women's tennis at Saint Francis (Ind.)4 p.m.   
WednesdayWomen's soccer at Holy Cross5 p.m.   
 Women's volleyball vs. Saint Francis (Ind.)7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
ThursdayMen's tennis at ITA regional (Marion, Ind.)8 a.m.DrawLive Updates
FridayMen's tennis at ITA regional (Marion, Ind.)8 a.m.DrawLive Updates
 Women's cross country at CL Preview (Carmel, Ind.)3 p.m.   
 Men's cross country at CL Preview (Carmel, Ind.)3:45 p.m.   
 Women's volleyball at (RV) Marian7 p.m.Video Stats
SaturdayMen's tennis at ITA regional (Marion, Ind.)8 a.m.DrawLive Updates
 Women's volleyball at #20 Indiana Wesleyan3 p.m.Video Stats
 Women's soccer vs. Cornerstone (Senior Day)4 p.m.VideoAudioStats
 Men's soccer vs. Saint Francis (Ill.)7 p.m.VideoAudioStats

GAME NOTES:

IT'S NOT HOW YOU START: After going without a goal during her freshman season, sophomore Taliah Borom opened her account with a brace Sept. 2 in a 4-0 win over Cleary, then added single goals in each of the next two matches. In the eight-day span between Sept. 2-9, she went more than halfway from having zero career points to being Goshen's active leader. Lena Charles' six goals and 13 points lead all current Maple Leafs in both categories. CLICK HERE for full women's soccer notes.

GETTING INTO THE LOOP: After playing 11 of its first 13 matches outside the Crossroads League, Goshen plays eight straight matches against league opponents. The Maple Leafs' next non-conference match comes on Oct. 6, Goshen's homecoming weekend, against Lawrence Tech. That is followed by four straight league affairs, a non-conference match against Great Lakes Christian on Oct. 20, and four more conference matches to close the regular season. All told, Goshen plays 16 of its last 18 matches against Crossroads League opponents and can extend that to 19 of 21 by reaching the conference tournament championship. CLICK HERE for full women's volleyball notes.

PICKING UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF: Sophomore Ollie Smith scored three goals and added five assists a week ago, raising his season marks to four and six in those two categories respectively. He needs one more goal to match Stuart Aeschliman for the 2017 team lead and match his team-high total from last year. Complete men's soccer notes will be released Thursday.


GOSHEN NEWS MAPLE LEAF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Sophomore men's soccer midfielder Ollie Smith scored three goals and added five assists as his team went 2-1 last week: he factored in eight of the team's 10 goals across three matches. CLICK HERE for more on the Maple Leaf Athlete of the Week.