By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The Concord Minutemen may have possessed the ball longer, but it was the Goshen Redskins who made the most of what time they did have.
The Redskins scored two goals late in the first half and added a third in the second to hand the Class 2A No. 19-ranked Minutemen a 3-2 NLC high school boys soccer loss Tuesday night at Goshen.
“This was not our best game of the season,” Goshen coach Viratham Mounsithiraj said. “We played very disciplined on defense, but we didn’t possess the ball very much.”
Goshen was an honorable mention selection in the latest coaches poll.
“Beating Concord is a very good feeling,” Goshen junior Jesus Dominguez said. “We knew they were state ranked and we had to find a way to stop their momentum. Concord is a very good team and this is a big step for us in the NLC.”
Due to the fact that the temperature on Tuesday was well over 90 degrees the start of the game was pushed back to 7:30 p.m. The JV contest was moved to tonight with a 5 p.m. start.
One reason for Goshen’s lack of possession might have been the absence of senior Emmanuel Ortiz from the Goshen lineup.
“He got a red card in the last game and had to sit out tonight,” Mounsithiraj said. “He is normally one of the guys we look to for ball control. That was part of our problem in the first half. The kids were looking for him to take control of the ball and he wasn’t there. We played better in that respect in the second half.”
“We may not have had the ball as much, but we made the most of it when we did have it,” Dominguez said.
“We played well on defense. Concord put a lot of pressure on our defense.”
Goshen (6-0, 3-0 NLC) plays in the South Bend St. Joseph Tourney on Saturday. Concord (6-1-1, 2-1-1) hosts Bethany Christian Thursday.
“Goshen possessed the ball better than we did. They capitalized on the opportunities they had,” Concord coach Shawn McCuen said. “They broke us down and showed us we still have work to do. Goshen put a lot of pressure on our defense with their speed.”
Dominguez had an assist on the goal by senior Geovanny Martinez at 8:41 of the first half that gave Goshen a 2-1 lead, an advantage the Redskins never game up.
“It’s not a set play, just something we work on in practice,” Dominguez said. “I saw Geovanny over there and crossed the ball to him.
“One thing I like to do is try to use my speed. The coach is after us all the time about using our speed as much as possible.”
Concord scored first when senior Nathanael Rich found the net at 14:37 of the first half. Sophomore Francisco Ocampo was credited with the assist. Goshen answered with a goal by junior JT Plavchak at 13:23 with junior Jose Martinez-Garcia getting the assist.
“It was very important for us to score and at least tie the score,” Mounsithiraj said. “A 1-0 halftime deficit leaves you a pretty big mountain to climb in the second half. But then we did even better and went up by a goal.”
Goshen took a 3-1 lead at 15:57 of the second half on a goal by Martinez-Garcia.
Concord added a second goal when senior Drew Wysong found the net with 4:36 remaining.
“It’s a little nerve wracking when the lead gets cut to a goal with five minutes left,” Mounsithiraj said.