Bontreger, Vilela enter score sheet twice in 4-2 win

GOSHEN, Ind. — Lucas Bontreger picked up his first collegiate assist in the first half and his first goal in the second Tuesday night as Goshen College topped the University of St. Francis (Illinois) 4-2 in men’s soccer action at the John Ingold Athletic Complex.

Bontreger picked up his helper on a cross to Uriel Macias, who opened the scoring after 11:39 of the first half with a near-post finish. USF tied through Reuel Erastus-Obilo five minutes later to end the first-half scoring.

On a day where the high temperature reached 89 degrees and the heat index was still 97 at the kickoff just after 7 p.m., the Maple Leafs (2-3) made six changes to their second-half lineup. Goshen’s three-goal second half set up the team’s highest scoring output of the last 363 days.

“We did some very positive things on offense,” said Goshen head coach Arron Patrick. “We played a couple systems but maintained the same style and we were able to execute both centrally and out wide. We had some good combination play and finished off our chances well. There were other goals out there for sure, but we will never complain about scoring four times.”

“The two goals that we allowed tonight were extremely disappointing,” Patrick continued. “We made horrific decisions on the ball for the first goal and complacency cost us again on the second. We have to remain focused when we have so much possession, and tonight complacency cost us. A little bit of laziness caused us to be out of position, and then a lack of communication compounded it. But it’s good to have this problem now so that we don’t see the same errors in league play when it really counts.”

Jimmelle Ramkissoon’s shot from an Ethan Francois-Ravalier pass set up Spencer Aeschliman for a rebound goal less than four minutes after halftime to put GC up 2-1.

Erastus-Obilo tied the score off a deflection in the 71st minute, but Ollie Smith would put the Leafs back in front after sidestepping the USF keeper to finish a pass from Lucas Vilela with 17:48 to play.

Bontreger finished the scoring on a through ball up the right side, again from Vilela, with 15:10 on the clock.

Center backs Joao Vitor da Rocha and Tevin Gilkes were the only Maple Leafs to go the distance; goalkeeper Tyler Born played 83 minutes after relieving Tomas Fonseca early in the first half, but no other player saw action for more than 70 minutes. Twenty-one GC players appeared at some point.

“Our depth is great this year and we were able to play a ton of guys,” Patrick said. “I’m very happy for those guys who stepped in — being able to play 7 players in central midfield and not lose a beat is a huge asset. Tristan Smucker had a great night in his first appearance and I thought Lucas Vilela was outstanding.”

Goshen finished with a 7-5 edge in shots on goal; both goalkeepers (USF’s Noah Jawdat and GC’s Tyler Born) made three saves. The match included five corner kicks, of which Goshen had three.

We have much to work on, but I know this team will be ready to roll when conference begins,” Patrick said. “The tough schedule and focus on our process will all pay off long-term and we are taking a lot of confidence from what we have produced on the pitch so far this season. We have a lot to accomplish and the next thing is resting up and focusing on a tough team in Lourdes this Saturday!”

The Maple Leafs improve to 2-3 this season and make their first road trip, to Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, at 7 p.m. Saturday.