HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Statistically, the Foresters seemed to dominate every category but unfortunately the Bethel College Pilots still found a way to steal a 2-1 double overtime road win from the HU women’s soccer team Saturday afternoon on senior day at King Stadium.
“The girls played hard in the final home game for our seniors. We fought the entire game but it just wasn’t our day,” said Coach Tillett. “Soccer can be a frustrating game. I felt like the second half was pretty much all HU except for the Bethel goal.
“We just couldn’t get the final touch into the back of the net. We created great chances. You can dominate possession in every statistical category, but still lose if the other team puts one in. It was a rough day but I’m very proud of the girls.”
Things started off well for HU when Sam Cubic, one of the seniors honored at halftime and unarguably one of the best midfielders to play in the program, blasted one from 40 yards out within the first ten minutes of play to give her team an early 1-0 lead.
The Foresters had ample opportunity to add to their lead in the second period as they generated 12 shots but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Instead the Pilots got the break they needed in the 64th minute when Abby Snyder found the back of the net to even things up at 1-1 which held through regulation.
The first overtime was all HU as they held the Pilots shotless while creating five different scoring opportunities. Regrettably, just like the final period of regulation, the Foresters couldn’t capitalize on any of their chances to send the game into a second OT where the visitors scored in transition for the victory.
HU finished with 22 shots to Bethel’s five. Caitlin Adams finished with two saves and took the loss in goal.
The Foresters wrap up the regular season with an overall record of 5-12. Their 4-5 record in league play places them in a three-way tie for fifth with Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor. Because HU beat both of these conference foes, they will receive the No. 5 seeding in the Crossroads tourney.
Huntington will travel to 4th-seeded Mount Vernon on Saturday in opening round action of the tourney. In a matchup between these two teams back on October 8, HU outlasted MNVU 1-0.