HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Holy Cross struck early and often Thursday afternoon, scoring three goals within the first 30 minutes on their way to a 4-2 victory forcing the HU men’s soccer team to play catch up the rest of the way.
“Holy Cross is a quality team but I felt like we gave them those first three goals,” said Coach Lawson. “We were undisciplined in the box with our clearance and marking and good teams will make you pay for that.”
While it remained a 3-0 contest through the first period, the final ten minutes of the half the Foresters regained their composure to carry some momentum into break.
Coach Lawson was pleased with his team’s second half performance. “We made some adjustments at halftime and I like how our boys responded. In my mind we won the second half,” said Lawson. “Ryan Pickup really stepped up to generate momentum for us in the final period.”
In the 75th minute, HU’s persistence paid off when Pickup drew a foul in the box setting up a James Handtke penalty kick, his first collegiate goal, to pull Huntington within two at 3-1.
The final 15 minutes saw both teams find back netting with the Foresters’ final goal coming in the waning seconds when Lucas Lengacher recorded his first goal as a Forester on a header off a corner kick by Tyson Bradley-Kalischuk.
Drew Mattingly went the distance in goal to finish with four saves.
Next up for the Foresters (4-2) is a trip to Siena Heights on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup.