FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Despite limiting the offensively explosive Cougars to a single goal on Saturday, the Forester women’s soccer team couldn’t come up with the equalizer as they dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to 6th-ranked Spring Arbor University at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
After playing to a scoreless deadlock through the first period, the Cougars, averaging 3.27 goals per outing, finally found back netting in the 52nd minute to take a 1-0 lead that they were able to ride out for the win.
Spring Arbor’s speed seemed to stifle HU’s attack as the Foresters logged only five shots to the Cougars’ 17. SAU owned a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks and enjoyed possession throughout much of the match.
"This was a huge game and opportunity for us,” noted Coach Burgher. “We were playing for first place in conference against the 6th-ranked team in the nation. I thought defensively we had a great game and we stayed scoreless with them for the majority of the match.
“We just couldn't connect in the middle third; and we had problems getting the ball to our strikers to even develop chances. I think that has to do with our girls just not executing, but you have to give a lot of that credit to SAU. They are a great team, fast all over the field, and they didn't let us do anything we wanted to in the middle of the field."
Lisa Underwood logged two shots on goal while Sam Cubic’s shot on frame rocketed off the far post just minutes after the Cougars’ goal.
The Cougars kept goalie Samantha Barclay busy much of the afternoon. She finished with ten saves in the losing effort.
The Foresters (11-4, 4-2) host the University of Saint Francis on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.