The Foresters opened the season with a 1-0 win at home over Manchester College. The teams played to a scoreless tie at the half, and although HC had the better scoring chances, no one could find the back of the net. The second half was much like the first, but this time Manchester had several close chances and would have taken the lead if not for a great save from HC keeper, Robyn Althoff, who smothered a shot from point blank range and then scrambled to haul in the rebound. Throughout the game Manchester had trouble shutting down freshmen striker Heather O'Keefe. O'Keefe had a game high 12 shots, but just couldn't find the back of the net. With most of the Spartan attention focused on O'Keefe the game finally turned when the Forester's other freshmen striker, Sarah Kaufman, was sprung on a break by Mindy Sincler. Kaufman carried the ball into the penalty area and slotted home the game winner in the 78th minute. "We knew going into the season that we would have a lot of fire power up front, but I was very pleased with how our defense played today," said Coach Datema. "Hannah Kaufman played an outstanding game in leading the defense from her center back position, and Katie Stiffler and Robyn Althoff also played well as they split time in goal."