GOSHEN, Ind. - The Forester women’s soccer team (9-3, 2-1) earned its second consecutive Crossroads win Wednesday evening with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Goshen College Maple Leafs.
In spite of being outshot by the Maple Leafs 9-6 in the first half, HU made the most of their opportunities by finding the back of the net twice in the first 45 minutes to take a 2-0 lead into break.
Lisa Underwood broke the scoring open when she chased down a through ball and won the deflection off the Goshen keeper in the 23rd minute. Twelve minutes later she made her presence known again by playing a curling ball into Alyssa Krause who one-touched it over the keeper to make it 2-0.
It looked like the Foresters were on their way to a blowout when Underwood scored her second goal of the night twelve minutes into the second period when she headed one in after Brittany Hartman’s shoot bounced off the cross bar to make it 3-0.
But the Maple Leafs weren’t ready to be written off quite yet as they scored a pair of goals within a 13-minute span to pull within 3-2 but they would get no closer. Despite Goshen’s continued pressure over the final 15 minutes, HU was able to lock down on defense to squelch any hope of a Maple Leaf comeback.
"Our team is continuing to put things together and play better each game,” said Coach Burgher.” We really had some great performances tonight; Lisa Underwood scored two and had an assist. In our two conference wins she has two game winners.
“Alyssa Krause scored the biggest goal of her career tonight, she never stops and this was a little reward for all the hard work she puts in. Jessica Krause did a great job controlling our back line. We had performances like this all over the field tonight, and I'm just really proud of the girls for pulling this one out."
Goshen owned a slight 18-15 advantage in shots taken. The Foresters finished with nine shots on goal, three of which ricocheted off the cross bar, to the Maple Leafs’ 12.
Samantha Barclay nabbed ten saves to earn the win.
“This was a great test and win for us tonight,” continued Coach Burgher. “You are never happy when you are up 3-0 and a team comes back to make it 3-2; but our girls handled it well and stayed composed and finished the game. Kudos to Goshen, they showed a ton of heart and didn't stop playing until the final second."
The Foresters hit the road on Saturday to take on Marian University at 7:00 p.m.