Offense Not Able To Get Rolling Against Taylor
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GOSHEN, Ind. - The Goshen College women's soccer team continues to struggle offensively and it cost them again Wednesday night as they dropped a Mid-Central College Conference match to visiting Taylor University 2-0.
The Maple Leafs have now lost seven in a row and have been shutout four times in conference play. Taylor, meanwhile, was able to win their second in a row after a string of five losses.
From the opening kick off, the speed of the Trojans down the wings caused problems for the Maple Leafs and Goshen was forced to drop back and defend. Taylor controlled both possession and opportunities early as they out shot the Leafs 8-0 in the first 45 minutes, including four shots on goal.
In the 23rd minute, the Trojans were able to make the possession pay off with the game's opening goal. Emily Raesfeld grabbed a loose ball in the box and tapped it back to Rachel Kiely, who struck it first-touch with her left foot from 20-yards out for the 1-0 Taylor lead.
After trailing by a single goal at halftime, the Maple Leafs settled into the match in the second period. Goshen's passing game improved and with it came possession. The Leafs even tilted the shot charts as they fired five to the Trojans four in the last 45 minutes of play.
The Maple Leafs, however, failed to string together enough quality chances to make a difference on the scoreline. Taylor added its second goal of the night in the 71st minute as Kiely struck again on a beautiful direct free kick from just outside the box.
Goshen will host Huntington University on Saturday night in their final home match of the season. The Leafs need a win for a potential berth into the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Goshen College Soccer Complex.