FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The HU men’s soccer team capped off its week with a 2-0 win over Rochester College Saturday afternoon at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
Saturday’s win marks the Foresters second consecutive shutout and their fourth clean sheet in the last five matches.
Despite generating numerous scoring opportunities and taking twice as many shots as the Warriors in the first 45 minutes of play, the Foresters headed into halftime in a 0-0 deadlock with Rochester but all that changed in the second period.
Just over a minute into the second half, James Parker played a combo into Kyle Van Wagoner who served a perfectly bent ball into Jake Essig. It was a flawless finish as Essig blasted it in from six out to give Huntington a 1-0 advantage.
The Foresters stretched the lead to 2-0 when Bradley Kamden ripped one into the middle of the box off a restart near midfield to Joey Newbery who one-timed it past the keeper for another picture perfect goal.
“This was another match that we took control from the start,” said Coach Lawson. “Even though we didn’t score in the first half, we knew we had the upper hand assuming we stayed focused and didn’t lose interest in the game. We made a few adjustments at halftime and our guys responded accordingly.”
The Foresters took 19 shots, 13 of which were on goal, to the Warriors’ 12.
Drew Mattingly went the distance in goal to tally his fourth shutout of the season. In 90 minutes of action he gave up six saves.
Huntington (5-1-2) faces its last non-conference foe of the season, Holy Cross College, on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. before heading into league play on Saturday.