Huntington, Ind. - The HU women’s soccer team steamrolled past Manchester College Tuesday afternoon, recording its fourth shutout of the year with a 7-0 win over the Spartans.
Despite a sluggish first half, the Foresters still managed to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. Kaitlyn Dreman got things started for HU when she ripped a shot from 30 out in the 29th minute of play. Fourteen minutes later Sam Cubic curved a corner kick into the opposite side to push HU’s lead to 2-0.
The Foresters came out of the second half gates with renewed energy, scoring three times in the first five minutes of play. Brittany Hartman started the frenzy when she placed the ball side netting on an assist from Dreman :49 seconds into the half. Cubic tallied her second goal of the game on a shot from 18 out off the crossbar and down into the goal at the 48:27 mark.
Just over a minute later Hartman pushed HU’s lead to five when she played a ball left-footed past the keeper on an assist from Cubic. Jessica Krause got into the action in the 67th minute by collecting a ball that was bouncing around in the 18 to score her first collegiate goal and Jamie Duchane put the finishing touches on the scoreboard by knocking one in from 35 out at the 71:33 mark.
The Spartans managed only five shots on the day compared to the Foresters’ 30. HU keeper Sam Barclay played the bulk of minutes in goal to record the shutout and finish with two saves.
“Today’s game was really ‘two’ different teams,” commented Coach Burgher. “Being completely honest, the first half was ugly, ugly soccer. Kaitlyn and Sam had great individual effort that put us ahead 2-0 but as a team we looked very bad.”
“At halftime the team refocused and committed themselves to giving more. We came out on fire and played some of the best soccer I have seen at Huntington. We scored within :49 seconds of the whistle and added two more in the next four minutes. I’m really proud of how the girls expected more out of themselves at halftime and didn’t just talk about it but they went out and walked the walk.”
To date, the Foresters have had 11 different players score a goal this season. Huntington (5-2) is back in action on Thursday when they travel to Andrews University for a 5:30 p.m. kick-off.