The Goshen College men’s soccer team fell to the visiting Huntington University Foresters in a final score of 3-1 on Tuesday. The game marked their second straight loss in Crossroads League play.The Maple Leafs fought hard in the first half, seemingly-matching the Foresters possession for possession. However, a scoreless tie was broken in the 43rd minute of play when the Foresters capitalized on a possession and fired a shot into the upper 90.
Although they were down 1-0 late into the opening half, the Maple Leafs came out strong in the second half. Charlie Frederick, a senior, sent a pass across the top of the box, where sophomore Caleb Longenecker chipped the ball into the goal for his fifth goal of the season and put the Maple Leafs at a 1-1 tie with the Foresters.
Just ten minutes after Longenecker’s goal, the Foresters responded with a goal of their own, notching the score at 2-1. The Foresters never looked back after this goal, adding in another goal in the 70th minute to put the final score at 3-1.
The Foresters outshot the Maple Leafs 13-12 overall with a 7-6 difference in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Brian O’Leary, a senior, had three saves.
The Maple Leafs, who are now 1-2-1 in Crossroads League play, will have a lot of work to do to get back into a good standing in the Crossroads League. The Maple Leafs will continue conference play on Saturday, where the they will travel to Indiana Wesleyan to take on the Wildcats. The Maple Leafs next home game will be Saturday, October 13, when they take on the Marian University Knights.