FORT WAYNE, Ind. - After 102 minutes of scoreless soccer, Lisa Underwood logged her fourth game-winner of the year to guide the HU women’s soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 double overtime win over Mount Vernon Nazarene University Tuesday evening at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
Last night’s victory marked HU’s 11th win of the year, the most wins in program history. The Foresters extend their win streak to four and improve to 11-3 overall, 4-1 in Crossroads play.
Huntington dominated nearly every statistical category with none more glaring than the 27-12 edge in shots taken. The Foresters tallied 17 shots on goal to the Cougars’ seven but it wasn’t until the second extra period that HU finally cracked the Cougar defense.
The game ended in dramatic fashion when Underwood, who took a hard foul, found far side netting on a free kick from 25 out. Setting the stage for Underwood’s heroics was teammate Brittany Hartman who found her in the box after winning back a ball off an HU turnover in the attacking third.
Samantha Barclay was credited with the shutout. The senior goalie tallied seven saves.
"This was a great win for us tonight. The girls have showed so much and proved so much in the past four games,” state Coach Burgher. “It seems like every game they are faced with something new but have been able to overcome it. Our defense really showed up to play tonight. Jamie Duchane, Courtney Baker and Jessica Krause really kept us in this game. Sam Barclay also made some great saves.
"The girls wanted this game bad. They wanted to break the all-time wins record and now they are excited to have another big test against a great team in Spring Arbor."
So far this season the Foresters have outscored their opponents 42-12 and outshot the opposition 254-148.
The Foresters will face their biggest challenge of the year on Saturday when they host 6th-ranked Spring Arbor University at 12:00 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.