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Weekly Leaflet: Conference Soccer Reaches Midpoint, Volleyball Rejoins Loop
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Weekly Leaflet - Tue, Oct. 10, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — With the excitement of Homecoming Weekend behind them, five of Goshen College's seven fall sports teams have a homecoming of a different sort as all of them play on campus in the middle week of October.

The tennis teams will give their match with Indiana Tech a second try (a deuce, if you will) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. While sunset at 7:09 could infringe upon the end of the match, the Maple Leafs and Warriors can take advantage of the lights at the Goshen College Tennis Complex to see the fall season off into the sunset without actually seeing it off into the sunset.

Wednesday brings conference play for men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball, with the two women's teams at home. The women's soccer program faces the two undefeated Crossroads League teams this week in 17th-ranked Marian (home at 6 p.m. Wednesday) and second-ranked Spring Arbor (Saturday evening in Spring Arbor, Michigan).

Women's volleyball, on the other hand, gets three matches at home in a 93-hour span. On Wednesday, Goshen takes on Huntington at 8 p.m.; while the Maple Leafs have gone 2-3 at HU's Platt Arena this fall, the Foresters have not yet visited Gunden Gymnasium. That sets off a revenge tour of sorts as head coach Jim Routhier's team faces three teams that knocked off Goshen on their home floors in the first half of the season: the visit from Huntington (which doubles as Hawaiian Night) is followed by Marian and Indiana Wesleyan over the weekend.

While four Goshen programs start the week at home, men's soccer is on the road Wednesday night before coming home. Coach Arron Patrick's side visits Marian at 7 p.m. Wednesday before coming home to take on conference leader Spring Arbor (the number-19 team in the NAIA) on Saturday. While GC is 1-3-1 away from the John Ingold Athletic Complex this season, the Maple Leafs are 7-0 at home and have allowed one goal at home in the last 53 weeks.

The cross country teams are off this week after running two weekends in a row; the squads reconvene for the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational on Oct. 21 in Grand Rapids.


SCHEDULE:

DayEventTimeFollow Live
TuesdayMen's tennis vs. Indiana Tech4:30 p.m.   
 Women's tennis vs. Indiana Tech4:30 p.m.   
WednesdayWomen's soccer vs. #17 Marian6 p.m.VideoAudioStats
 Men's soccer at Marian7 p.m.Video Stats
 Women's volleyball vs. Huntington8 p.m.VideoAudioStats
FridayWomen's volleyball vs. #25 Marian7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
SaturdayWomen's volleyball vs. (RV) Indiana Wesleyan3 p.m.Video Stats
 Men's soccer vs. #19 Spring Arbor7 p.m.VideoAudioStats
 Women's soccer at #2 Spring Arbor7 p.m.Video Stats

GAME NOTES:

GAMEDAY CONSTANTS: Three Goshen players continue their pursuit of starting every game this season: senior Caitlin Hughey has 11 consecutive starts this year after appearing in all 19 games of her junior campaign, while sophomore Makena Zimmerman has seen her career caps increase past a quarter-century with her 11 gameday lineup selections this season, and Brenda Tellez continues building an impressive resume for her inaugural season. CLICK HERE for full women's soccer notes.

DOUBLE-DIGIT DELIVERY: Stuart Aeschliman has nine goals on the season, followed closely by Ollie Smith with eight; the Goshen team has eight regular season games remaining for each player to reach double-digit goals. The last Maple Leaf to do so was Tony Janzen with 14 goals in 2007. The last time two Goshen players reached the mark in the same season was in 2005. CLICK HERE for full men's soccer notes.

EVERY DAY YOU GET ONE MORE YARD: After a non-conference match last Friday, Goshen returns to Crossroads League play with three home matches in a 93-hour span against schools ahead of the Maple Leafs in the standings. All three teams defeated Goshen in their home gyms earlier in the season, meaning this week also doubles as Goshen's chance to level the head-to-head series for tiebreaker purposes. (If two teams are tied in the conference standings and split their head-to-head meetings, the tiebreaker progresses to head-to-head sets won and then points won, so in theory each point of a match can affect tournament positioning.) CLICK HERE for full women's volleyball notes.


GOSHEN NEWS MAPLE LEAF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Sophomore men's cross country runner Steven H. Cranston was the second Crossroads League finisher at the Bethel College Invitational. His time of 26:08.4 was a new season best as the Maple Leafs beat number-21 Indiana Tech and came within a dozen points of number-16 Madonna. CLICK HERE for more on the Maple Leaf Athlete of the Week.