FORT WAYNE, Ind. - It took moving game times and moving indoors, but the Goshen College women's soccer team found a way to get its Mid-Central College Conference campaign underway. Unfortunately, a winning result was not in the books as the Maple Leafs lost to host Huntington University 1-0 at The Plex Tuesday afternoon.
"Yes, we lost the game, but I thought we controlled the game and out played them," said first-year head coach Fabio dos Santos. "We were much more physical, but once more we were missing the 'It' factor, he killer in front, hungry for the net."
Goshen is not the only team that has struggled to find the back of the net against Huntington. The Foresters have allowed just four goals in their last seven matches on way to a 7-2-1 mark.
Playing at a smaller indoor field in Fort Wayne, Huntington took the lead midway through the first half from Kate Bienz. The Foresters would go on to out shoot the Leafs 13-5 overall, while junior Lynn Weaver (Goshen, Ind.) made five saves in the losing effort.
"The good field really benefitted our technical ability and the new Goshen way," dos Santos continued. "I am proud of the girls for all the effort they have put in thus far and I understand their frustration with the outcome. This is a transition period for all of us and the results will come. They understand and want to be successful. As a coach I cannot ask for anything else."
The transition continues when dos Santos and his Maple Leafs (4-6, 0-1 MCC) have their first home MCC contest of the season on Saturday. Taylor University (6-2-1, 1-0 MCC) is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. kick off on Saturday.
"They are great student-athletes and amazing girls," dos Santos added. "It is an honor to work with a such good group. Hard work will pay off and they know it."