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HU and Taylor finish scoreless for 2OT tie

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – For their second straight match, the women’s soccer team walked off the pitch Saturday afternoon with a tying result in double overtime.

“We took the field knowing we had a result to get in order to enter postseason play,” Coach Amanda Burge said.

The Foresters denied a victory from a tough Taylor team (14-1-1, 7-1-1), who are ranked second in the Crossroads League at the end of regular season play.

The tie moves HU to 5-6-5 overall and 1-4-4 in conference action.

Across 110 minutes, the Foresters and the Trojans racked up eight shots on goal apiece. Olivia Knispel, MaTea Knispel and Tessy Geiss each tallied two of those attempts.

Junior Paige Coolman, who guarded the goal for the full game, had all eight of the Forester saves.

Burge said her team left “nothing in the tank” in their final game of the 2016 season.

“It didn’t prove to be enough to move on,” Burge said. “But as we can see God woven through our players, our matches, our practices and our families—for us—that means success.”

Burge wrapped up her first season with HU, who recognized seniors Olivia Knispel and Sarah Church before the game on Saturday. The 27 other Foresters on the 2016 roster will return with Burge for her second season next August.

“We are excited to work hard in the off season and come out net fall ready to battle,” Burge said.

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.