Maple Leafs Can't Find Way Past Host Pilots
MISHAWAKA, Ind. - The Goshen College women's soccer team was unable to pick up its first Mid-Central College Conference win of the season as they dropped a 2-1 decision to host Bethel College Friday night.
The loss evens the Maple Leafs overall mark at 5-5 and has Goshen 0-2 in the MCC after losing its first two conference matches of the season this week.
"We have had good results and competition with Bethel in the past," said head coach Thavisith Mounsithiraj. "It seemed that our sides have always been primed to have another close match. However, a very good Bethel team just outplayed us right from the start. We were not as organized as we had wanted to and they didn't allow much time or space for us to establish much scheme to our play."
After pounding five shots on goal in the first 25 minutes of play, the Pilots finally got their breakthrough. Pau Hall scored Bethel's opener after receiving a pass from Malia Miles at the 29:39 mark.
Down 1-nil at the half, Goshen was unable to slow down the Pilots. Bethel added a second goal in the 57th minute off the foot of Lindsey Hyduk.
"Our passing and speed of play were not consistent enough to apply continuing pressure on them," Mounsithiraj explained. "The Pilot's early goals and direct play forced us to adjust how we played very early on."
The Maple Leafs were able to pull one goal back late in the contest. Sophomore Tahnee Delp scored her second goal of the season in the 83rd minute after receiving a through ball from Kat Luginbuhl just outside the 18-yard box.
"Offensively, Kat's Luginbuhl continuing pressure upfront and quick play made a huge difference for us in the second half," added Mounsithiraj. "Despite the two goals, Lynn Weaver did a good job in keeping us in the match. In a very poor weather condition, she made number of quality saves. We as a team will need to be more consistent."
Goshen is off until Wednesday, October 7 when they travel to Spring Arbor University.