HU’s season came to a sudden end in the first round of the MCC Tournament as they went down to the University of St. Francis by a score of 4-0. St. Francis opened the scoring when the Foresters failed to clear a ball in the box. Megan Garret was first to the ball and touched it to Mary Whistler for the score in the 13th minute. Whistler doubled the lead 13 minutes later when the Foresters again failed to clear and she found the back of the net. Huntington’s best opportunity in the first half came when Sarah Kaufman got behind the defense with only the keeper to beat but was brought down from behind just outside the penalty area. With no caution given, the Foresters were left with just a direct kick as a consolation, which the Cougars defended well.
In the second half, the Foresters tried to get back in the game and Kaufman once again found herself behind the Cougar defense with only the keeper to beat. Once again she was brought down from behind just outside the penalty area. The free kick yielded the same result and the Cougars maintained their lead. With 20 minutes to go in the game and their season on the line, the Foresters moved to a more offensive formation. But the Cougars exploited the more vulnerable defense almost immediately to make it 3-0. Moments later Ashley Gonterman got behind the Cougar left back but her drive to the upper left corner of the goal was well saved by Cougar keeper, Stacy Rider. With time winding down and the Foresters still looking for a consolation goal, St. Francis once again found the back of the net to complete the scoring.
"The score didn’t reflect it, but we played much better today than we did when we faced St. Francis earlier in the season," said Coach Datema. "I thought we were much more competitive this time around and we played with a lot of heart, but the better team won. Sarah gave a lot of effort today and it was unlucky that she didn’t score. It was an emotional game for seniors Joy Bamford, Kara Fultz, Shannon Holly, Mindy Perry, Christi Shook and perhaps Ashley Gonterman, who is a senior, but still has a year of eligibility left, as they played the final game of their college careers. This group has done a lot to build our program over the last four years and they should be proud of that."
The Foresters conclude their season with a record of 6-9-1.