Wapakoneta, Ohio - With rainy weather forcing the match to be played on Wapakoneta High School’s turf field, senior Jared Boyd made it clear the venue favored the HU men’s soccer team as he helped lead the Foresters to a 3-2 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University Wednesday night.
Boyd, a Wapakoneta native, gave his personal fan club something to cheer about when five minutes into the match, he beat his defender and powered it past the keeper on an assist from Todd Canal to give HU an early lead that would never be relinquished.
With momentum on HU’s side, Adam Christner pushed the lead to 2-0 when he headed one into the back of the net on a restart twenty minutes later. The Cougars answered in the 39th minute to pull within one but the Foresters kept their composure and three minutes later Todd Canal came up big by taking his defender off the dribble and blasting one past the keeper to give HU the 3-1 halftime lead.
Mount Vernon came out firing in the second period and closed to within one with forty minutes to play but HU clamped down defensively to ride out the match and notch their first MCC win of the season.
“This was a good win for us,” commented Coach Lawson. “I’m excited we stayed in attack mode throughout the match and I can’t say enough about our defense. We defended in numbers and that’s the commitment and focus we need each and every time we take the field.”
HU keeper Chris Fox was credited with the win. He finished with six saves. With this win, the Foresters move to 3-6-1, 1-1 in MCC play. Huntington travels to Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday for a 3:15 p.m. kick-off.