Leafs Fall to the Saints in Home Opener

Written by Kaeli Evans

Although they came in with high spirits, the Goshen College men’s soccer team fell short of their first win in this year’s home opener to Siena Heights University.

Having lost to the Saints in the previous season, the Leafs hoped for a home advantage and fought to avenge a 2-1 loss on the Saints’ home turf. Unfortunately for the Leafs, they remained scoreless allowing the Saints to take home a 1-0 victory.

In the first half, tensions ran high as the Saints played an aggressive game with numerous fouls. With seven minutes left, freshman Tyler Sherman tucked the ball past Ryan Troyer, a senior goaldkeeper, to lock in a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, the clock stopped as Josh Van Allan, a sophomore defender, suffered a leg injury and had to be walked off the field.

Although Troyer kept the Saints’ score at one, the Leafs were unable to get the ball past either of the Saints’ goalkeepers.

Goshen’s record is 0-2, with three upcoming games on the road—the first taking place on September 7 against St. Xavier. The Leafs will be back to the Goshen College Soccer Complex on September 16 when they host Cedarville University.

Written by Sara Alvarez

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