The Maple Leafs’ men’s and women’s soccer teams each played three contests over Goshen’s fall break this past week. Unfortunately, neither the men nor the women were able to secure a victory in the string of games.The men began their three game losing streak against Indiana Wesleyan at home on Saturday, Oct. 11. The Maple Leafs took the lead just 12 minutes into the game when Andrew Snyder, a sophomore, collected fellow sophomore Philip Longenecker’s pass and buried a shot to give Goshen a 1-0 advantage. The visiting Wildcats struck back with the final two goals, however, to overtake the Maple Leafs.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Grace College Lancers’ men scored in the third minute to put Goshen away early. Goshen failed to retaliate, and the result ended up being 3-0.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, the men suffered a disappointing loss at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, as two late goals cost the Maple Leafs a victory. Brodie Nofziger, a first-year, gave Goshen a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, and this lead held up until late in the second half. Saint Francis struck twice in nine minutes to come away with the “W,” despite Goshen leading for the majority of the night.
The Maple Leaf women began fall break by dropping a close game on the road to Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, Oct. 12. Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Goshen was lifted by Annelise Baer, a junior, who scored shortly before halftime. IWU’s Katie Pannabecker, a junior, put any thoughts of a tie to rest by scoring with less than four minutes to play to give the Wildcats the victory.
At home, Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Maple Leafs were outshot 18-6 by the Grace College Lancers on the way to a 5-0 Grace victory. Grace’s Mallory Rondeau, a junior, recorded a hat trick for the Lancers.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, the visiting Cougars of Saint Francis spoiled senior night by shutting out the Maple Leafs 4-0. This was the second straight game that Goshen was shut out of. Despite registering 14 total shots, Goshen could only put two on net and none got by Saint Francis’ Morgan Hammon, a first-year. It was also the second straight game that Goshen surrendered a hat trick, as Saint Francis’ Heather Jones, a first-year, scored three times.
At the weeks end, Goshen’s men stand at 7-8-1 (2-4-1 conference) and the women are 3-13 (0-7 conference).