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Double OT thriller ends in 1-1 stalemate

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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Playing in their first 2OT contest of the season, the HU men’s soccer team finished in a 1-1 draw with Manchester University Wednesday afternoon at the Spartan Soccer Complex.

It was another gritty performance by Lawson’s crew that didn’t quite end as they would have liked. The Foresters move to 1-5-1 on the year with four of their losses decided by just one goal. On this given night, HU got on the board less than ten minutes in when Guilherme Lins Souza played a ball into the box that Miguel de Sousa chased down and struck first time far post for his first goal of the season.

The lead would stick until the 75th minute when Tod Oram found back netting to knot things up at 1-1 and send the game to overtime where the score remained deadlocked even after two extra periods.

“I thought we controlled play and worked the ball around to create numerous chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net again,” said Coach Lawson. “I am proud of our guys for not getting down or complaining when things didn't go our way. I was impressed with the leadership our seniors showed and feel like our spirit today is something we can build on.”

The Foresters outshot their hosts 13-9 for the game but most impressive was HU’s resolve to step it up in overtime. Huntington fired off six shots while denying the Spartans any shots in the final 20 minutes.

HU will square off against Lawrence Tech on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the friendly confines of King Stadium.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.