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HU tallies first shutout with 3-0 win over OCU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester men’s soccer team picked the perfect time for their first shutout of the year, a 3-0 decision over Ohio Christian University, Wednesday night at King Stadium.

The win sends Coach Lawson and crew into league play on a high note as they improve to 2-5-1 on the year. Huntington opens up Crossroads League action on Saturday by traveling to Indiana Wesleyan for a 7:00 p.m. game under the lights.

HU wasted little time establishing their dominance by getting on the board within the opening three minutes when Miguel Sousa, streaking down the left side, served a ball into Isaac Wust who put a head on it for the early 1-0 lead.

It would be an advantage that would stand through intermission but Bradey Gerke made sure the win was much more convincing.  Seeing his first action of the day by starting the second half, Gerke slotted the keeper after Sousa sent him in on a breakaway to extend the lead to two just 27 seconds into the half.

Fourteen minutes later, he scored his second collegiate goal when he got in behind OCU’s backline to blast a shot side netting on a beautifully placed pass from Hayden Suter to make for the 3-0 final.

Starting keeper Brad Buzzard picked up the win in goal for Huntington. The Trailblazers managed just three shots on the day with Troy Hester, in for Buzzard, preserving the shutout with two saves in the final 12 minutes of play.   

“I was very pleased that we were the aggressors right out of the gate tonight,” said Lawson. “We deserved this win – from the backline all the way up this was a team win for us.”

“I credit Brad and the backline for limiting OCU’s opportunities. It was also good to see us put the ball in the back of the net. Entering into league play, we’ll need to do that the rest of the way to be competitive.”

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.