By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Senior Night was last week for the Goshen High School girls soccer team, but that didn’t deter Martha Castillo from continuing the celebration over to this week.
Castillo was involved in all three goals as the Redskins blanked Concord, 3-0, in an NLC contest Tuesday night at Goshen.
“Martha had a great game,” Goshen coach Dan Graber said. “When she is playing well our team runs through her. The rest of the players feed off her.”
Castillo scored at 20:16 of the second half to give Goshen a 2-0 lead and she was credited with assists on the other two goals.
Goshen (13-1-1, 6-1 NLC) closes out the regular season Thursday at West Noble. There will be no JV game so the varsity is slated to start at 4:45 p.m.
The Redskins have had quite a season considering they lost 10 varsity players from a year ago.
“This gives us second place in the conference and that is an accomplishment for this group,” Graber said. “If we had lost this one there could have been a four-way tie for second. That shows how competitive the league is this year.”
Concord coach Todd Hesselbart saw a quality in his team that is a reoccurring one.
“We lacked intensity and that has been as issue all season,” the coach said. “The girls love the sport and love to play, but the intensity isn’t there.
“Goshen outplayed us. They have a really strong defense and to beat them you have to be creative.”
The Redskin defense was another area Graber was pleased with.
“I’m so proud of our defense,” the coach said. “A shutout in the NLC is a big accomplishment for this group.
“(Senior) Miranda Kay had a great game and it was good to have (freshman) Ashton Ellis back. She had been out for the last couple of weeks with back spasms. Plus H (sophomore goalie Alyssa Hershberger) is one of the best in the area. She really didn’t have to do too much tonight.”
Concord had six shots on goal that were all stopped by Hershberger. Goshen also had 10 shots on goal. Both teams had three corner kicks. Senior Jenny Miller made eight keeper saves for Concord.
Goshen got on the scoreboard at 28:38 of the opening half freshman Alyssa Trosper lofted a high shot that just went over the goalie’s fingertips. Castillo was credited with the assist.
“Trosper set the tone for us with her goal,” Graber said. “That allowed us to relax a little bit. We worked on ball possession and our passing was very good tonight. We did not play nervous.”
The lead stayed 1-0 until Castillo found the net on a free kick.
“When I saw Martha had a free kick I just had a feeling she was going to make it,” Graber said.
Goshen’s final goal came with 2:18 remaining when Castillo found an open Jelitza Palomino and the sophomore knocked the ball home.
“We have a lot of unselfish players,” Graber said. “Palomino and Trosper have played great all year at forward and Castillo has controlled things at midfield.”
Goshen’s school record for wins in a season is 15 and the team has a chance of matching that mark.
“If we defeat West Noble and then Elkhart Central in our first sectional game that would tie the record,” the coach said. “We’ve had a lot of young players come in and step up for us.
“This group set some high goals early on. The girls all get along and they trust each other. Soccer is a sport where you have to work together.”
Concord was a 5-0 JV winner. Chloe O’Dell scored three goals and Olivia Riffell one for the winner.
There was no name reported on the other goal.