TJ White, a first-year, tallied two goals as the Goshen College men’s soccer team’s fourth overtime contest of the year ended 2-1 in the Maple Leafs’ favor over Huntington University on Saturday night at the John Ingold Athletic Complex.In the 25th minute, a shot from Ethan Francois-Ravalier, a sophomore, was tipped to the backside of the goal where White was positioned. Settling the ball back towards the middle of the field, White then slotted a shot under the keeper and into the far netting for the 1-0 lead, a score line would hold until half.
Each team registered six shots through the first 45 minutes, while Goshen had the corner kick edge 4-1.
The Maple Leafs (3-5-3, 1-2) seemed to have momentum and control for most of the contest, but a set piece in the 85th minute proved otherwise. Following a free kick into the box Luke Unger had his shot knocked down by Goshen goalkeeper Johan Escalante, a sophomore. The rebound dropped into a crowd of Foresters, where Travis Hurtis scored to make it 1-1.
The final five minutes of regulation did not produce another goal, so the game continued on into bonus soccer for all in attendance. Huntington completed regulation with a 15-to-9 shot advantage while Goshen maintained the corner kick edge 10-5.
Headed the same direction as in the first half, in the 97th minute Goshen served a ball into the penalty area, which was flicked on towards the back side of the goal box. Settling it down was none other than White, who touched the ball from his left to right foot and around the keeper before rocketing the game-winning goal into the roof of the net to complete his brace and end the game with 3:32 on the clock.
The Maple Leafs finished with 11 shots and 10 corner kicks, while Huntington ended up with 15 shots and five corner kicks. Escalante made six saves in goal in the win.
Goshen returned to action on Wednesday when they hosted Marian University, but the game ended after print deadline. The Maple Leafs are in action again on Saturday when they travel to Spring Arbor University with kickoff set for 7 p.m. and radio coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Goshen College’s radio station, WGCS 91.1 FM the Globe.