ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - With just over a week's worth of practice, the Forester women's soccer team hit the road to notch a 2-1 win over Rochester College (Mich.) Wednesday afternoon in its season opener. Senior Courtney Baker wasted little time establishing her offensive prowess by scoring a pair of goals within a nine-minute span to turn her team's 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage that would stick.
Defensively, the Forester backline gave up a goal within the first three minutes of play but then went into lock down mode to hold their hosts scoreless the final 87 minutes.
On the other end of the pitch, Kaitlyn Dreman was HU’s catalyst for both goals. At the 20-minute mark she threaded a ball through the Rochester defense to an open Baker who slipped one past the keeper for HU’s first score of the year.
Eight minutes later on another great combination play sparked by Dreman who dropped back defensively to win the ball back, Brandi Spear played a ball wide to Rachel TerMarsch who one touched it through two Rochester defenders to a streaking Baker who polished off the pass for what proved to be the game’s final score. Spear and TerMarsch were both credited with an assist on the play.
As a team, HU managed 15 shots, eight of which were on frame, to the Warriors' 17. Freshman Paige Coolman got the nod in goal and in her first collegiate start; the Huntington native posted seven saves while two other team saves were registered in the contest.
With barely a 24-hour break, Huntington (1-0) is back in action today to take on Concordia University (Mich.) at 4:00 p.m.