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Cougars bring Foresters’ season to an end

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - The Cougars of Spring Arbor (16-2-1) left little doubt why they’re ranked No. 6 in the nation Saturday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the Crossroads League tourney by cruising to a 5-0 win over the Forester women’s soccer team (9-10).

The loss brings an end to the 8th-seeded Foresters’ season while the top-seeded Cougars move on to the CL semifinals against 5th-seeded Indiana Wesleyan next Saturday.

SAU quickly took charge of the contest by capitalizing on their first shot for a 1-0 advantage within the first three minutes of play. Fourteen minutes later they extended the lead to two which held through intermission. The second half was more of the same as SAU scored twice within the first ten minutes to blow the game wide open. They would go on to add one more to their total in the closing minutes to wrap up their 12th consecutive win.

The Cougars posted 31 shots, 14 on goal, to HU’s five, three of which were on target. SAU also enjoyed 11 corner kicks to Huntington’s one.

While the loss wasn’t exactly how the Foresters wanted their season to end, Coach Tillett is proud of his team’s success this year. “We have had a good season - we improved on last year. I’m very proud of the leadership our seniors provided day in and day out.

“The final result of our game against Spring Arbor does not represent how competitive we were throughout the season against top 20 teams. Our ladies are a determined group and will learn from this season and the example of our upperclassmen to build this program into a conference powerhouse.”

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.