Leafs Back To .500 With 1-0 Win Over Holy Cross
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - After dropping three of their last four matches, the Goshen College women's soccer team got its season record back to .500 with a 1-0 victory at Holy Cross College Thursday afternoon.
The Maple Leafs held a huge 24-2 shooting advantage, but it was not until senior Laura Schlabach's 72nd minute strike that Goshen put the match away.
"The 1-0 score does not really reflect the quality of the match we played," head coach Thavisith Mounsithiraj said. "We controlled and managed the possession side of the game very well and played very attractive soccer."
It was a good turnaround for the Leafs, who had struggled last Saturday in a shutout loss in Chicago against Illinois Tech. They have had a rash of injuries and as they begin to get healthy, the offensive attack should also make its return.
"Liz Gunden, Julia Miller, and Tahnee Delp did a fantastic job controlling the midfield with transitioning, switching the ball, and making runs into the attacking third," Mounsithiraj explained. "It was really rewarding to see what we practiced and talked about in training take place in the match."
Despite the dominating play and possession, Goshen still had not been rewarded with a goal midway through the second half. They finally got their breakthrough in the 72nd minute as Gunden sparked the attack with a through ball to Kristina Lopienski. The freshman beat her defender one-on-one giving her space to lay it off to Schlabach, who easily put it away for her second goal of the season.
"Offensively, we were creating chances all afternoon and they were quality chances," Mounsithiraj added. "Our lone score did not come until late, but it was a goal that had class and quality written all over it."
Following their second shutout win of the season, the Maple Leafs will host Calumet College of St. Joseph's on Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. kick off.