HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s soccer team capped off its grueling three-game week with a pair of double overtime draws over the weekend.
Against Roosevelt University on Friday at IPFW’s Hefner Fields in Fort Wayne, the game ended in a 1-1 deadlock and it was somewhat of a déjà vu as Saturday’s contest at Huntington North High School against Siena Heights University ended in a 0-0 tie.
Huntington clearly controlled Friday’s match against the Lakers by owning a 25-13 advantage in shots taken. The Foresters generated 12 shots on goals to Roosevelt’s four but just couldn’t come up with the game-winner.
After a rather uneventful first half, HU opened up the second period with renewed energy to take a 1-0 lead within the first three minutes of the half off a scramble at the top of the 18. Josh Codd played a quick square ball into Tyson Bradley-Kalischuk who found the back of the net for the second time this season.
Lane Mita responded for the Lakers in the 61st minute to knot things up at 1-1 in what proved to be the final score of the match as the game ended in a draw after two extra periods of play.
Drew Mattingly went the distance in goal, logging nine saves in 120 minutes of play.
Up against a talented Saints squad on Saturday, the Foresters didn’t let fatigue play a factor as they once again proved to be the aggressors for much of the contest. HU outshot Siena Heights 19-16 and despite generating several quality scoring opportunities, the Foresters couldn’t send SHU home packing.
“While we’re always looking for the win, I was proud of our guys’ effort this weekend,” said Coach Lawson. “We had reason to be tired today having played 120 minutes of soccer on Friday but we didn’t let that be an excuse. I thought our quality of play improved as Saturday’s match progressed.
“This group has a lot of mental toughness. We played three double overtime matches this week and I am pleased to come away with a win and two draws.”
Mattingly worked his second shutout of the week and finished with nine saves on Saturday.
The Foresters (3-1-2) are off until Wednesday when they face Manchester University at 5:00 p.m.