Trying to end a four game skid–in which they have only managed to find the back of the net once–Goshen’s women’s soccer team hoped to get its offense rolling last night when they hosted the Pilots of Bethel College. The game ended however, in a 0-3 loss for the Leafs.The game started off fast, with the first goal coming in just the second minute. Unfortunately for the Leafs, the goal came from a Bethel cross that beat sophomore keeper Lynn Weaver and put Goshen down 1-0. Despite this early goal, Goshen continued to look for an equalizer in what was a very physical match. Despite the hard play, the Leafs found themselves down 2-0 less than 20 minutes later when Bethel forward Lindsey Hyduk drilled a 20-yard free kick into the back of the net. A couple minutes later Bethel almost made Goshen pay for another free kick but this time the shot bounced off the cross bar and the Leaf defense was able to clear. Goshen entered half time down 2-0 despite out shooting the Pilots 6-5 in the half.
Goshen started off the second half by bringing the pressure. They continually kept the ball on Bethel’s half and forced the Pilot keeper to make five saves. Senior Chelsea Graber had the Leafs’ best opportunity of the game as the ball was pushed into the six yard box. The ball came towards Graber but she was unable to get a solid strike on the ball as it went right of the goal for a goal kick. Even with the added pressure from the Goshen offense, Bethel was able to score one final goal and come out with a 3-0 win.
The loss dropped Goshen to 4-7 on the season and 0-3 in MCC play. The Leafs will look for their first conference win of the season when they travel to Winona Lake, Ind., to take on Grace College.