HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Josh Codd scored two of his team’s three goals to lead the Forester men’s soccer team to a 3-1 win over Manchester University Tuesday afternoon at King Stadium.
Huntington took control from opening kick-off, logging a handful of corner kicks within the first few minutes to establish themselves as the aggressors. HU recorded 19 shots, 13 on frame to the Spartans’ six, four of which were on goal.
“From the start, we set a fantastic tone for the game,” noted Coach Lawson. “We did the rights things with the right mindset and were rewarded for it with a win.”
The game’s first goal was a result of the Foresters not giving up on a play. While the Spartans temporarily stopped play thinking a ball would be called out of bounds, Isaac Wust never missed a beat as he slotted a ball to Codd who found back netting at the 22:24 mark.
Less than seven minutes later, HU’s pressure on Manchester’s defense resulted in an own goal to give Huntington a 2-0 lead that stuck through halftime.
HU continued to be the aggressors through much of the final 45 minutes with their only hiccup coming in the 56th minute when they were called for a foul in the box setting up a PK. Drew Mattingly made a fantastic save to knock down Zac Hansen’s penalty kick but Hansen charged Mattingly’s deflection for the easy tap-in to pull his team within one at 2-1.
Codd made sure to stifle any attempt of a heroic comeback by registering his second goal of the day after Tyson Bradley-Kalischuk sent him through on the keeper to put his team clearly in control at 3-1 which they rode out for the win.
“It was a solid effort from our boys,” said Lawson. “We stayed focus the full 90 minutes.”
Mattingly went the distance in goal to finish with three saves for the win.
The Foresters (4-1) are back in action Thursday when they host Holy Cross at 5:00 p.m.