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White Shocks Huntington Late For Second Straight Year In 1-1 Draw
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Goshen (Ind.) (8-3-1; 1-1-1)01001
Huntington (Ind.) (5-2-4, 1-0-2)10001
Huntington, IN
Scoring Summary
1 14:44Matheus Louzada (Huntington (Ind.))
2 68:12TJ White (Goshen (Ind.))
Goshen (Ind.)Indv. LeadersHuntington (Ind.)
#11 TJ White - 1Goals#11 Matheus Louzada - 1
#20 Stuart Aeschliman - 1Assists #21 Luke Unger - 1
#20 Stuart Aeschliman - 4Shots #11 Matheus Louzada - 5
#1 Johan Escalante - 5Saves #1 Troy Hester - 5
Goshen (Ind.)Team StatisticsHuntington (Ind.)
15 (6)Shots (on goal) 17 (7)
6Saves 5
16Fouls 20
3Corner Kicks 5
1Offsides 2
Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 7, 2017

By Tony Miller
Sports Information Director

TJ White headed home a short corner kick off an assist from Stuart Aeschliman as Goshen College played to a 1-1 men's soccer draw with Huntington University on Saturday at King Stadium on the HU campus.

The goal was the third of White's career against the Foresters after tallying both times in Goshen's 2-1 win last October 1 at the John Ingold Athletic Complex.

In that game, however, Goshen had the early lead and Huntington posted a late equalizer to force overtime. Saturday, the roles were reversed as Matheus Louzada finished a Luke Unger assist to put the Foresters (5-2-4, 1-0-2) up just before the quarter-hour mark. Huntington got off three more shots in the first half while the Maple Leafs (8-3-1, 1-1-1) mustered two.

"We started the game pretty well offensively, with good possession and looking pretty positive after a tough loss three days earlier," said Goshen coach Arron Patrick. "Although we didn't create any excellent chances, we did expose them out wide at times, and were either unfortunate or just didn't execute the final touch. Sadly, we were very rocky on the few defensive possessions we had, and they did a great job finishing on the counterattack for their goal."

The Maple Leafs had their best chance of the game go by the wayside early in the second half: in a span of less than two minutes, Nate Nussbaum had his shot blocked before Ethan Francois-Ravalier and Aeschliman each had attempts saved. Just more than five minutes later, Ollie Smith played a short corner to Aeschliman, whose cross into the box gave White a chance to put it away with 22:55 remaining.

Each team would turn in more fouls than shots over the rest of regulation. Huntington goalkeeper Troy Hester made three saves, including one on Spencer Aeschliman from point-blank range in the 75th minute, and Johan Escalante stopped two Forester shots (including one in the last half-minute). The 1-1 scoreline sent the game to overtime: for the Maple Leafs, it snapped an 11-game streak of decisions in regulation after Huntington won an overtime matchup on the same field last October 29 in the conference tournament.

"At halftime we made some changes, one of them being adding Kyle Ramirez Ingold to the game to stop the counterattack that was their main weapon," Patrick said. "He made a huge difference second half as his ability to read the game and close down space allowed us to win the ball back higher up the pitch, and pin HU back for the majority of the half. We threw everything we could at them the entire second half, thoroughly deserved our goal, and to be honest probably should have ended the game in normal time. Their keeper made a couple nice saves to keep Huntington in it."

The Maple Leafs nearly finished things off a minute into the extra session as Nate Nussbaum's shot hit the woodwork and Aeschliman sent the rebound high. Three minutes later, Goshen would go up a man following two cards to the same Forester in an 82-second span. 

Huntington took the game's last three shots, one at the first-overtime horn and two more in the last 10 minutes, as the game ended all square.

"I thought it would just be a matter of time before we ended the game," Patrick said, "but a combination of Huntington digging deep defensively and us not executing kept us from taking all the points. We're all disappointed not to get the win because we know it was right there. But a point away at HU is always a good one because they have a very tough defensive style to play against on a small pitch and they have real weapons on the counterattack. Teams will go there and have big problems. The other results in the league also showed that gaining points is tough, and this will be a valuable one for us at the end of the season."

Goshen got off 15 shots, putting six on frame: Aeschliman led the team with four in the former category, while Francois-Ravalier was the only player to hit the target twice. Huntington had seven shots on goal out of 17 attempts. The Foresters also took five of the match's eight corner kicks and outfouled their guests 20-16.

The draw was HU's second in three conference matches, making them the only team in the league with more than one. While the Foresters are among three unbeaten sides in the league, only Spring Arbor is a perfect 3-0. At 1-1-1 in conference play, Goshen sits a point behind Huntington in fifth place.

"We are going through our toughest patch of the season to date having lost and tied this week, but these guys trust each other, and I know once we get the next win we will start rolling again," Patrick said. "We are very confident in ourselves and what we can do, and feel good about our chances moving forward. Marian will certainly be confident after a crazy last-minute win against Bethel. They are a very big, strong side, and again are a threat on the counter. The bigger pitch over there will be good for us, and I am looking forward to a good game."

Goshen concludes a three-match road trip with a visit to eighth-place Marian on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at St. Vincent Health Field.