NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Defense has been the name of the game for the HU men’s soccer team as they held Manchester University scoreless, their third shutout in four matches, on their way to a 1-0 win over the Spartans Wednesday afternoon.
In addition to a solid outing on the defensive end of the field, the Foresters were also able to dominate the middle of the park and remain in firm control of the contest. Huntington outshot MU 24-15 which included six shots on goal with the game-winner coming at the foot of Yordan Rivera in the ninth minute of play on an assist from Jake Essig.
After taking his spot in the middle of the park from 35 out, he blasted one past the keeper for what proved to the game’s only goal.
“We were very patient and composed and thus able to control large segments of the game,” said Coach Lawson. “As the season progresses, the expectation is that we need to put a team away. We’re creating plenty of scoring opportunities, now we just need that to be reflected on the scoreboard.”
Drew Mattingly came up with some huge saves in the final minutes of play to ward off the Spartans for the win. He went the distance in goal to finish with nine saves.
The Foresters (4-1-2) are back in action on Saturday when they face Rochester College at 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.