MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - In an evenly played Crossroads matchup, making the most of opportunities was the difference in the match as Mount Vernon Nazarene University handed the HU men's soccer team a 3-1 loss Wednesday afternoon.
Both teams shared possession with Mount Vernon owning a slight 18-14 edge in shots taken, eight on target to Huntington's seven. But it was the Cougars ability to convert opportunities into results as they logged their first conference win.
It was clear from opening kick-off that fans would get their money's worth as both team scored within the first twenty minutes of play to deadlock things at 1-1. The Cougars found the back of the net first in the 11th minute but seven minutes later MVNU goalie Ryan Swartzentruber got his hands on a Josh Codd shot but Tyson Kalischuk was there for the put back to record his third goal of the season.
The rest of the half came and went but the final 45 minutes proved to be more eventful than anticipated. Five minutes into the second period, the Cougars struck again to take a permanent lead and it wasn't long after that mother nature made her presence known with a 55-minute lightning delay with 26:23 left in the match.
It didn't seem to faze Mount Vernon as they scored again within six minutes of resuming play to extend the lead to 3-1 and ride out the win.
Goalie Drew Mattingly finished with five saves in the losing effort.
With this loss, HU drops to 5-4-2 overall, 0-2 in Crossroad play. The Foresters take the pitch again on Saturday at the Fort Wayne Sport Club to face Indiana Wesleyan University at 2:00 p.m.