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Foresters ride out Knispel’s first half goal for shutout over IWU

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MARION, Ind. - The HU women's soccer team topped off the week with a 1-0 win over the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan (7-7-1, 3-3-1). The win comes on the heels of a 2-1 overtime win against Taylor earlier in the week. The Foresters are now 9-7 overall, 3-4 in league play.

With two regular season games remaining, Coach Tillett's crew is tied with Taylor for seventh in the conference standings.

MaTéa Knispel logged what proved to be the game-winner, a rocket into back netting in the 28th minute. The rookie Knispel is playing like anything but a freshman these days. Earlier in the week, she also scored in the Taylor win. Her goal total now stands at five on the year.

Despite being outshot by their hosts 16-12 and posting just one corner kick to IWU’s 12, a gritty Forester squad kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard for their sixth shutout of the year. Autumn Demott tallied nine saves for the clean sheet.

“The girls played hard for 90 minutes,” said an excited Coach Tillett. “That is something we always have control over and the girls maximized that tonight.”

Tillett was pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball. “Our backs in Klopfenstein, Johnson, Mefferd, Church, Avina and Demott battled. Our attack forward was patient and lead to many great chances with a few robbed by the woodwork. MaTéa did a great job for the second game in a row of placing an accurate strike into the net to get things going for us.

“Anytime you can get a win in our conference as tough as it is, you feel good. I’m very proud of our girls.”

The Foresters host Saint Francis at 4:00 p.m. in their final regular season home game on Wednesday at King Stadium.

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.