HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU women’s soccer team gave their Homecoming crowd plenty to cheer about Saturday afternoon as they picked apart the Knights’ defense on their way to an 8-2 debacle over Marian University.
For the Foresters (4-9), it bumped their league record to 3-2 and into a tie for fourth in the standings while leaving the Knights (3-10-1, 0-5) still searching for their first Crossroads win.
Coach Tillett couldn’t have asked for better efficiency as his squad put 11 of 15 shots on goal and eight of those into the net. “The ladies moved the ball well all over the field and created great opportunities on goal.”
The scoring frenzy started just over three minutes into the contest when Kaitlyn Dreman scored the first of her two goals. Twelve minutes later Courtney Baker found back netting for the first time in her collegiate career when she outsprinted the MU keeper to a ball to make it 2-0. HU went on to take advantage of a Marian own goal to ride a 3-0 lead into intermission.
Despite giving up two goals in the second period, the Foresters remained in firm control. Dreman started the final period much like the first, scoring her second goal within three minutes of play. Sam Cubic got into the action in the 52nd minute when she scored the 12th goal of her career.
Olivia Knispel, Becca Grimes and Alyssa Krause put the finishing touches on the day in the final twenty minutes as they each found the back of the net to make for the lopsided win.
Dreman added an assist to go along with her two goals. Karina Maldonado dished out a couple of assists while Knispel and Autumn Koomler each finished with one.
Caitlin Adams spent just over 54 minutes in goal to finish with two saves and hold the Knights scoreless during her watch. Mary Whybrew came in on relief and also collected a pair of saves on the day.
“Six different goal scorers signifies the unselfishness with which the girls play,” said Tillett. “They work hard each day to add value to each other and continue to improve and make the program something special. Hopefully we will continue to be as efficient in front of the goal as we continue our conference play.”
Huntington hits the road on Tuesday to Mount Vernon Nazarene University where they will square off with the Cougars at 4:00 p.m.