HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It was a flurry of first half activity Tuesday afternoon at King Stadium as the Crusaders of Madonna University hung for a 2-1 win over the HU women’s soccer team (1-3).
The Foresters started off in the hole within the first two minutes of the contest on a reversed call on a throw in. Having positioned as if it was an HU throw in, Coach Tillett’s squad couldn’t shift quick enough when the call was switched to the Crusaders to fall behind 1-0 right from the get go.
HU was quick to forget the botched play as they controlled possession for a good portion of the half and their efforts paid off at the 22:39 mark when Rachel TerMarsch scored on a toe poke on the back post off a cross from Sam Cubic.
Just over ten minutes later, the Foresters got another unfortunate break when they got tangled up in the box, giving up a penalty kick to which Madonna took full advantage for what proved to be the game-winner.
Despite several close shots in the final period, including another shot by TerMarsch that hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced straight down instead of in, Huntington couldn’t find the back of the net as the Crusaders were able to preserve the lead until the final horn.
Both teams logged seven shots on goal with the Foresters holding on to a 15-10 advantage in total shots taken.
Megan Soltow and Caitlin Adams shared goalie duties with Soltow recording the start and a save while Adams came in on relief to finish with four saves.
“I was very proud of our effort in the game and the heart the girls played with.” said Tillett.
There’s no rest for the weary as the Foresters are back in action today when they travel to Indiana Tech for a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.