Huntington, Ind. - It was another tough night for the Forester men’s soccer team as they gave up a late lead, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Saints of Holy Cross College Tuesday afternoon.
In a rough and tumble game, each team drew two penalty kicks but it was the Saints who made the most of their opportunities by cashing in both times while HU went one-for-two. The Foresters had their first golden opportunity just minutes into the contest but came up empty while Holy Cross fared much better, making good on a PK in the 12th minutes of play to give them an early 1-0 lead.
HU’s equalizer came at the 33:24 mark when Jake Essig found the back of the net on the third penalty kick of the night to knot the score at 1-1. Fifteen minutes into the second half Kyle Geiss knocked one past the goalie on a through ball from Todd Canal to give HU its first lead of the match.
The Saints answered 13 minutes later and it looked like the game would head to overtime but with less than two minutes remaining, Holy Cross drew the fourth and final penalty kick of the match. Nikolas Jelicic converted his second free kick of the night for the game-winner.
Holy Cross outshot the Foresters 28-19. HU keeper Drew Mattingly finished with seven saves.
“Offensively we’re doing some good things but we’re just not finishing like we should,” commented Coach Lawson. “To give up another late lead is frustrating. The exciting part is, we’re creating chances and scoring goals. Now we have to find a way to put teams away to get the win.”
The Foresters drop to 2-5-1 on the season. They open up conference play on Saturday when they host Grace College at 3:00 p.m.