HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It wasn’t exactly what first year head coach Chris Tillett had planned for his season opener as his women’s soccer squad gave up a goal in the first seven minutes before eventually succumbing to the Cardinals of Concordia University (MI) 2-1 at King Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Laure Beth Johnston proved to be the thorn in HU’s side as she logged both Cardinal goals in the first half to give her team a comfortable 2-0 lead. Junior Kaitlyn Dreman kept things interesting when she rocketed one into side netting in the 78th minute to pull HU within one but they would get no closer as Concordia was able to hold on for the win.
The Foresters generated 15 shots, which included a Karina Maldonado blast that ricocheted off far post, to the Cardinals’ 13.
Despite the loss, Coach Tillett likes where the team is headed. “The team possessed the ball well as they work towards a new style of play.
“It will take several games to get comfortable, but the girls are working hard and making progress. Kaitlyn Dreman scored a beautiful goal in the side netting off of a nice series of passing. The team overall out possessed and outshot Concordia, but could not convert hitting the crossbar once and several other near misses.”
Korynne Kik and Mary Whybrew split keeper responsibilities with Kik getting the starting nod. She finished with a save while Whybrew collected four saves in the final 45 minutes.
Huntington (0-1) is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Aquinas College for a 5:30 p.m. match.