North Manchester, Ind. - The Forester men’s soccer team (2-3-1) picked up their second victory of the season by stealing a 3-2 road win from the Spartans of Manchester College Tuesday afternoon.
It was a fast and furious first half as all five goals were scored within the first 37 minutes of play. HU struck first four minutes into play when Nick Harmsen served the ball in off a corner that Kyle Geiss laced with his head to give the Foresters the early 1-0 lead. The tides quickly changed as the Spartans found the back of the net at the 9:30 mark and then drew a penalty kick less than four minutes later to surge ahead 2-1.
Adam Christner made sure it was short-lived as he bent one low around the keeper on a breakaway in the 17th minute on an assist from Todd Canal to knot the score at 2-2. The game’s final score came twenty minutes later from Canal when Manchester’s keeper redirected a ball his direction for a rocket side volley into the net.
“I was really impressed with our poise tonight,” said Coach Lawson. “We took an early lead and within minutes gave it up but we didn’t hang our heads. We continued to play with confidence and it showed. Our management of the game is getting better.”
The Foresters outshot the Spartans 11-8. HU keeper Chris Fox was credited with the win and finished with two saves.
HU is back in action on Saturday when they host Moody Bible Institute at 2:00 p.m. At halftime of the game, former Huntington coach (and current Moody coach) Joe Harding will be honored for his retirement at the conclusion of this year.