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HU soccer suffers 2-1 loss to Marygrove in season opener

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DETROIT, Mich. – In both team’s season opener, Marygrove College (1-0) got the best of the HU men’s soccer team (0-1) 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Mustangs’ outdoor athletic complex. The win avenges MC’s 3-0 loss to the Foresters last season.

The first half was a defensive battle as the opening 45 minutes came and went with no change to the scoreboard despite the Mustangs enjoying a lopsided 16-3 shot advantage. A chance to regroup at intermission paid early dividends for Coach Lawson’s crew as they struck ten minutes into the second period. Miguel de Sosa set the stage for HU’s lone goal when he played a ball into Marcos Salinas on the left flank who slotted Guilherme Lins Souza in on the keeper.

Souza wasted little burying it from 12 out for his team’s first score of the year.

Unfortunately, Marygrove’s equalizer came 14 minutes later and with four minutes remaining, the Mustangs found back netting again for the win.

While MC doubled up the Foresters in overall shots, 28-14, the disparity between shots on goal proved to be only four at 16-12. Brad Buzzard took the loss for HU. The senior keeper collected 11 saves while Austin Valentine logged 11 saves as well for the win.

“This was definitely not the result we were expecting but there were plenty of positives to build on,” said HU head coach Russ Lawson. “We created numerous quality opportunities today – enough to put them under but a quality side like Marygrove made us pay.

“What excited me about this team is that they will be back at it tomorrow with a determination to be better than we were today.”

HU’s home opener is slated for Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. against Rochester.

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.