Leafs News
Macias Equalizes Late, Claims Victory in OT
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Goshen (9-3-1 (2-1-1))0112
Marian (4-7-0 (1-3-0))1001
Indianapolis, Ind.
Scoring Summary
113:15Igor Ferreira (Marian)
284:16Uriel Macias (Goshen)
OT99:16Uriel Macias (Goshen)
GoshenIndv. LeadersMarian
#10 Uriel Macias - 2Goals#14 Igor Ferreira - 1
#2 Et Francois-Ravalier - 1Assists #26 Alex Webb - 1
#10 Uriel Macias - 6Shots #9 Nicholas Barrera - 3
#1 Johan Escalante - 3Saves #0 Sidney Miranda - 5
GoshenTeam StatisticsMarian
16 (7)Shots (on goal) 10 (4)
3Saves 5
8Fouls 15
5Corner Kicks 2
1Offsides 0
Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

By Andrew Snyder
Athletic Marketing Coordinator

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Uriel Macias forced the game to overtime with a late equalizer, then finished the job with a second goal in OT as the Goshen College men's soccer team came away with a 2-1 victory over Marian University on Wednesday evening at St. Vincent Health Field.

The Knights (4-7, 1-3 Crossroads League) took the early advantage in the 14th minute thanks to Igor Ferreira. Although the Maple Leafs (9-3-1, 2-1-1) had all four corner kicks of the half and outshot Marian 5-2, they still fell short of an equalizer before the halftime break.

"Again we found a way to get ourselves into a little bit of a hole tonight," commented head coach Arron Patrick. "We have to do a better job of controlling the opening half of games, and not putting ourselves in a tough spot having to chase games."

"I told the guys at halftime I was going to stick with the plan and trust some of the more experienced guys; I wanted us to continue to try to play our style," continued Patrick. "I simply told them to play better and know that I trust them to pick it up."

Into the second half Goshen continued searching for the chance to draw even, and in the 79th minute a free kick from the left wing seemed ideal. Ollie Smith served a ball across the 18-yard box, where freshman Stuart Aeschliman flicked it towards the far post. Unfortunately his forehead guided the ball directly into the base of the post and wide, and the Knights took a deep breath still up 1-0.

"In the second half we were much better, really dominating the game and attacking in wider areas," Patrick noted. "Marian was tired towards the end of regulation and I felt we were poised for the win."

Moving forward again in the 85th minute, a Goshen cross deflected to Macias near the back post, where he turned and directed the ball into the net for his third goal of the season. Aeschliman registered the assist. When regulation expired roughly five minutes later the Maple Leafs found themselves headed to a second consecutive overtime match.

With just under a minute left in the first 10-minute overtime period, Goshen defender Ethan Francois-Ravalier controlled a loose ball just over the halfway line. The fullback slid a pass forward to Ollie Smith, Goshen's leading assist man, who redirected it on his first touch to Macias on the right side of the box. The freshman from Ligonier slotted a shot past the keeper to end the game 2-1 in favor of Goshen.

"Thankfully for us we possess many talented players and don't just rely on any one guy," shared Patrick. "Ollie and Stuart have been in a slight drought but Uriel has found his form and scored two great goals tonight. He is a dominant forward and if you give him even a sniff of goal he will punish you. Although Ollie and Stuart were quiet they both assisted on goals tonight, so credit them for sticking to it and coming up big when it counts."

Goshen finished with a 16-10 shot advantage and took five corners to Marian's two. Junior goalkeeper Johan Escalante was credited with three saves for the Maple Leafs while Sidney Miranda made five for Marian.

"We've set ourselves up for an exciting opportunity on Saturday against Spring Arbor," Patrick concluded. "We are very accepting of the challenge to have a nationally-ranked side who is undefeated in league play come to town. Nobody gives us much of a chance but we know what we can do, and I can't wait to see my guys play on a national level and test themselves!"

Goshen returns home to the John Ingold Athletic Complex on Saturday, taking on Spring Arbor University at 7 p.m.