HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU men’s soccer team gave their homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about Saturday afternoon as a strong second half catapulted the Foresters past Marian University 3-1 at Huntington North High School.
After playing to a 1-1 tie in the first half, the Foresters left no doubt in they were firmly in control of the final 45 minutes.
“I thought we started off sluggish but got stronger as the game went on,” noted Coach Lawson. “We stepped up our pressure and controlled possession and it showed in the quality of opportunities we were able to generate.”
The Foresters didn’t let a missed penalty kick ten minutes into the second period damper their spirits as six minutes later Paul Holliday scored what proved to be the game-winner when he found open netting from six out on a slotted ball from Bradley Kamden. It marked his second goal in as many games.
James Parker made it 3-1 in the 77th minute when he headed one in on a restart for his first score of the season.
Huntington held a 20-13 advantage in total shots, logging 12 shots on frame to Marian’s seven. Drew Mattingly went the distance in goal and was credited with four saves in the victory.
HU’s first score came less than 12 minutes into the contest when Kamden beat his man on a corner kick from Joey Newbery to roof it near post with the Knights’ equalizer coming eight minutes later.
The Foresters (7-5-2, 2-3) have won their last two conference matches and jump into sixth place in the standings after Saturday’s victory. HU hits the road on Wednesday to take on Bethel College at 7:00 p.m. The Pilots are currently seventh in Crossroads play.