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Weekly Leaflet: Final Hurdles Come Into View, Weather Permitting
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Leafs - Tue, Sep. 19, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — One Goshen College athletic team looks to close out the home portion of its non-conference schedule on a high note while another battles for conference position and a third seeks to keep its playoff hopes alive in September's penultimate week.

Goshen's men's soccer team plays its final non-conference home game against Indiana Tech on Tuesday in a match that opens GC's competition for the week following the postponement of Tuesday's tennis match. GC has started 5-0 at the John Ingold Athletic Complex in non-conference play six times since the Crossroads League (formerly Mid-Central College Conference) expanded to seven league games in 1994, but only the 2005 team was able to finish the job and defend its turf in every such match. Tuesday will also mark the return of an old conference rival as Goshen and Indiana Tech shared membership in the MCC from 1970-77, when the Maple Leafs claimed all eight meetings.

The Maple Leaf tennis teams will travel to Spring Arbor on Wednesday (postponed from Tuesday) before hosting Huntington on Saturday. The GC men enter the week fifth in a 10-team conference, a win or a Saint Francis loss away from clinching a spot in the Crossroads League tournament and one game behind Huntington for the last host spot in the first round. The women come in half a game behind Saint Francis for the final tournament berth. Wednesday's scheduled match against Indiana Tech has been postponed to allow Tuesday's match to be rescheduled.

.After facing two teams in the NAIA's top 35 last week, Goshen women's volleyball heads to Grace on Wednesday before hosting a Taylor team it hasn't beaten since 2012 at 7 p.m. Friday. Despite a 7-4 non-conference record, the Maple Leafs have come up short in all five league matches so far, but volleyball's double-round-robin slate offers them 13 more chances to right the ship. GC closes out a three-match week at Spring Arbor on Saturday.

The weekend sends both Goshen soccer teams on the road to play opponents they have never met before. At 4 p.m. Saturday the GC men visit Indiana University East at Centerville High School in Centerville, Indiana, while the women will be in the midst of a 615-mile round trip to the University of Rio Grande in southern Ohio. Conference play for both teams begins next week.


SCHEDULE:

DayEventTimeFollow Live
TuesdayMen's soccer vs. Indiana Tech7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
WednesdayWomen's tennis at Spring Arbor2 p.m.   
 Men's tennis at Spring Arbor2 p.m.   
 Women's volleyball at Grace7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
FridayWomen's volleyball vs. Taylor7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
SaturdayWomen's tennis vs. Taylor11 a.m.  Program
 Men's tennis vs. Taylor11 a.m.  Program
 Men's soccer at IU East (Centerville, Ind.)4 p.m.Video Stats
 Women's volleyball at Spring Arbor6:30 p.m.Video Stats
 Women's soccer at Rio Grande7 p.m.  Stats

GAME NOTES:

NO VISITORS ALLOWED: The core of this year's defense is no stranger to home shutouts, posting another one in last week's 1-0 win over Saint Francis. As a team they have only allowed one goal in last 785 minutes (about 8 3/4 games) at home, dating back to October 1, 2016, when Huntington tickled the onion sack in Goshen's propreantepenultimate home fixture last campaign. That stretch included a record 605 minute, 54 second home shutout streak, which was snapped in the 20th minute of GC's fourth home match this season. Since that goal reset the counter, Goshen has made 160 minutes and 46 seconds of progress toward a new record streak entering the week. CLICK HERE for full men'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.

THIS FEELS FAMILIAR: The Maple Leafs are 3-3-1 through seven women's soccer games this year, the same mark through as many games last season as well. Going back farther a similar trend holds, as the 2015 squad tallied a fourth win instead of a draw, while 2014 was on the flip side of that .500 mark. CLICK HERE for full women's soccer notes.


GOSHEN NEWS MAPLE LEAF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Sophomore men's cross country runner Vincent Kibunja became the first Maple Leaf in four seasons to lead the team in his debut when he crossed the finish line in 14th place in Friday's Crossroads League preview meet. CLICK HERE for more on the Maple Leaf Athlete of the Week.