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Goshen stuns HU with 1-0 win

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GOSHEN, Ind. - It was a game of missed opportunities for the Huntington women’s soccer team. Despite outshooting the Maple Leafs of Goshen College 20-7 on Saturday night at GC Soccer Complex, the Foresters came up empty on the scoreboard to suffer a 1-0 loss to GC in their last regular season game.

With this loss, Huntington (9-9, 3-6) slides in at the 8th spot in the final league standings. They will face top-seeded Spring Arbor on Saturday in first round action of the conference tournament.

Sophomore defender Lena Charles was the only Maple Leaf to fire a shot on goal in the final 45 minutes but it proved to be the only one her team needed as the shot found back netting just over 11 minutes into the second half for the game-winner. The upset win marks GC’s last game of the season as they finish 9th in the league standings with a 1-6-2 league record.   

Sisters Olivia and MaTéa Knispel accounted for all seven of the Foresters’ shots on goal. The elder Knispel tallied four on frame, nine shots total, while three of MaTéa’s five shots were on the mark.

“We did a lot of things well,” said Coach Tillett. “It’s unfortunate to lose with the chances we created and the couple that they did - they were able to put one in the net and we weren’t.”

Saturday was tough day for all the favorites in the league with the exception of Spring Arbor. The Cougars took care of business with a 3-0 win over Saint Francis to finish the regular season undefeated at 9-0 but no one else fared as well. In addition to Goshen upsetting HU, Bethel logged their only win in the conference with a 2-1 win over Marian, 6th-seeded Taylor tied 2nd-seeded Grace 1-1 and Indiana Wesleyan jumped ahead of Mount Vernon in the standings with a 2-1 OT win over the Cougars.  

“Saturday’s upsets just shows the quality of our conference,” said Tillett. “We’ll get ready this week to create a cool story with a great run in the conference tournament.”

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.