Leafs Break Scoring Drought Before Losing In 2OT's
HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Goshen College women's soccer team snapped its scoring drought, but could not quite secure a win as they fell 1-2 in double overtime at Huntington on Saturday.
A rough offensive spell midway through the season for the Maple Leafs continued until shortly before halftime on Saturday when Ali Gotwals knotted the game at 1-1. It was Gotwals's first goal of the season and Goshen's first since Chelsea Graber added an exclamation point to a 4-0 win at Calumet College on September 18, a span that covered eight matches.
As has been the trouble several times in the stretch, Goshen has allowed an early goal and had to play from behind. This time, Huntington found the net just three minutes into the contest. Despite controlling much of the possession, the Leafs did not find the equalizer until late in the first half.
"We outplayed and out possessed Huntington all afternoon," said head coach Thavisith Mounsithiraj. "It was by far our most complete game."
The Leafs have played well throughout much of the season, including holding Bethel to a tie and second-place Marian scoreless for 75 minutes, but the final results have not followed lately.
"Our possession game allowed our defenders to be involved in the attacking all afternoon long," explained Mounsithiraj. "I know that the team and I felted very satisfied with our game as we didn't give the match away."
It looked as if Goshen would pull out its second MCC draw as the game marched into two overtime periods tied, but Huntington was able to find the game-winner with just five minutes remaining.
"Huntington's direct play to (Bethany) McGraw kept us on our heels, but we did a fantastic job containing her until the last five minutes of the second overtime," Mounsithiraj said.
Mounsithiraj, in his seventh season at the helm of the Leafs, concluded, "We lost but we felt as a team we played a complete and attractive soccer."
Goshen will look to regroup, possibly for the final time this season, when they host Indiana Wesleyan Tuesday night. The Maple Leafs will need an upset against the NAIA #30 in the country Wildcats in order to qualify for the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament.