FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis clinched a share of the 2013 Crossroads league regular season championship Saturday afternoon when they slipped past the HU men’s soccer team 2-1 at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
The ramifications were just as drastic, except on the other end of the spectrum, for the Foresters as the loss knocked them into ninth place in the standings and ousted them from post-season play.
“Conference was incredibly competitive this season,” said Coach Lawson. “We got off to a great start, getting results in four of our first five conference matches but unfortunately things didn’t go our way in the end. It’s disappointing that we weren’t able to secure a spot in post-season but I’m proud of how hard they worked and played together all year.”
The upset-minded Foresters wasted little time getting on the board as Jake Essig’s wonder strike from the flank sailed up and over the keeper to give HU an early 1-0 lead six minutes into the contest.
The visitors clung to the lead for the next 60 minutes until Jason Walcutt got the best of HU’s defense for his 16th goal of the season at the 65:44 mark. Eighteen minutes later, the league’s leading scorer struck again for the game-winner to lock up the win.
While the Cougars outshot HU 17-9, Coach Lawson’s squad had several looks at an open net and a shot that bounced off the crossbar but just couldn’t finish.
Drew Mattingly finished with two saves.
The Foresters wrap up the season with an overall record of 6-9-2.