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HUMS suffers disappointing 4-3 double OT loss to SHU

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ADRIAN, Mich. - Overtime is the norm as of late for the Huntington men’s soccer team as Saturday’s match at Siena Heights was the fourth OT contest in HU’s last five outings. This time around it was a 4-3 double OT loss for the Foresters as they move to 1-1-2 in overtime games, 3-2-2 overall.

Things seemed to be falling into place for the visitors as they established themselves as the aggressors to open up a 1-0 lead 18 minutes in when freshman Noah Fleming snuck in behind the defense to slot one past the keeper for the second goal of his young career.

The pressure mounted for the Saints in the second half when Matheus Louzada’s free kick was met by Jacob Erlandson who buried it into back netting for a 2-0 Huntington advantage with 40 minutes remaining.

It looked like Huntington had things clearly in hand but then the unthinkable happened. Within a five-minute span, Siena Heights scored three times to turn their two-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage.

Despite the sudden turn of events, Lawson’s crew maintained their composure and with less than three minutes remaining, Louzada and Erlandson teamed up again to draw even with their hosts 3-3 and send the game to overtime. This time Erlandson got a head on Louzada’s free kick for the equalizer.

Unfortunately, the Foresters couldn’t take advantage of their reclaimed momentum as Siena Heights scored the golden goal near the end of the second extra period for the win. HU finished with 24 shots, 15 on target, to SHU’s 15, five of which were on frame.

“Simply put, we did not take care of business and we let Siena Heights back in the game when we had them on the ropes,” said Coach Lawson. “Aside from that five-minute span in the second half, I thought the boys were positive on the day.

“We will get into the film room and grow from this disappointing result.”

HU has one more non-conference match, a home game with Defiance on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., before turning their attention to league play.

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 274 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.