Both men’s and women’s soccer faced defeats this past Saturday. The women traveled to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where they were defeated 2-1 by the Wolverines. The men remained in Goshen, unable to protect the home field as they lost 4-0 to Robert Morris University.
The women’s team kicked off the day’s events at 4:30 p.m. with an attacking mindset. In less than 10 minutes, the Maple Leafs had taken 4 shots against keeper Jordan Anheuser.
In the 13th minute, a through ball by Goshen’s Bella Larsen, a junior, was chased down by junior Paige Renshaw and sophomore Emie Peterson. The pursuit by the Maple Leafs proved successful, as the Wolverines’ defense, in an attempt to clear the oncoming attack, placed the ball in the back of their own goal.
Goshen continued to attack the Wolverines’ goal, but a free kick before the dying moments in the first half proved to be costly for the Maple Leafs. With four seconds remaining, Margaret Miller’s free kick found the foot of Madison Day, who slotted the ball home for Mich.-Dearborn’s first goal of the season.
Both teams came out for the second half looking to take the lead, but it was the Wolverines who would find success.
In the 76th minute, Jenna Rogers was able to sneak past the Maple Leafs defensive line to find herself 1-on-1 with keeper Katie Baer, a junior. Rogers struck the ball past the outstretched fingertips of Baer to put the Wolverines ahead.
For the remaining 14 minutes, Goshen were unable to find an equalizer, resulting in their record falling to 1-2.
Later on that evening, the men’s team stepped onto the field at the John Ingold Athletic Complex in an attempt to secure a win for the day. But within the first five minutes, Robert Morris’ Anthony Aldape opened the scoring for the Eagles.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Matthias Moser then stole the ball from the Maple Leafs’ defense and lobbed his shot over goalkeeper Tomas Fonseca, a senior, to take the Eagles into the half with a 2-0 lead.
During the second half, the Maple Leafs contained the Eagles to just one shot until the 78th minute. A pass in the box found its way to Moser, who struck it into the far corner of the goal. Less than three minutes later, the Eagles put their fourth ball into the back of the net after Herman Herding’s cross was put in by Dean Groen.
Fonseca had a game-high of four saves for the Maple Leafs, while sophomore Kristian Gecaj led the Maple Leafs with four shot attempts. But Lucas Bontreger, a sophomore, was the lone athlete to have all of his attempts on goal.
The Maple Leafs outshot the Eagles with 15-14, but the Eagles led with 8 shots on goal. The loss to the Robert Morris scales their record back to 0-4 in the regular season.
Both men’s and women’s soccer will be back in action this weekend. The men travel to Illinois to take on Roosevelt University, while the women remain at home to take on Cleary University in a game dedicated to recognizing the work of Goshen’s first responders.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. A police cruiser, fire truck and ambulance will be displayed in the Recreation-Fitness Center parking lot half an hour before kick-off.