HUNTINGTON, Ind. - It wasn’t exactly how the seniors had hoped their last match at King Stadium would go as the Forester men’s soccer team (6-8-2, 2-4-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to Spring Arbor University Tuesday night.
With only Saint Francis left on the regular season schedule, HU is sixth in the Crossroads standings. Because four teams have two conference wins and at least one tie, there are still plenty of scenarios that could play out in anticipation of the first round of the conference tournament slated for Saturday, October 26.
The Foresters had plenty at stake and it was evident from opening kick-off that they would battle to the bitter end.
“We played with one of the top teams in the conference, a team that went to Nationals a year ago,” said Coach Lawson. “The frustrating thing was that we had some free looks in the box in the first half but we just couldn’t capitalize on them.”
Each team generated seven shots in the first half with the Cougars, currently in a two-way tie for second with USF, getting one to stick at the 23:56 mark to take a lead they would hang on to throughout the match.
In true league fashion, the battle for possession continued through the remainder of the half and into the second period until Brendan Bell shook free for what proved to be the game-winner with less than eight minutes remaining.
Horraine Lewis kept things interesting when he put the finishing touch, a header far post, on a combo play by Scott Murray and Isaac Wust to bring his team within one with just under two minutes left but it was too little too late as the Cougars were able to hang on for the win.
Spring Arbor finished with 11 shots, six on frame, to HU’s nine, three of which were on goal.
Drew Mattingly posted four saves.
Huntington travels to Saint Francis on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. matchup with the Cougars.