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HUMS wraps up regular season with 2-0 win over Taylor

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Saturday’s 2-0 win at King Stadium against Taylor University was significant for the HU men’s soccer team for several reasons. Not only was it senior day, but the W also solidified a top four finish in the Crossroads League regular season standings which translates into a first round home match in postseason play.

The Foresters (9-4-4, 5-2-2) enter the tournament as the 4th-seed and will host 5th-seeded Bethel College on Wednesday with the specific time TBA. This is the second straight year HU will have hosted a first round tournament match.

“Today was another opportunity to respond to adversity as we had two more starters out and collectively we stood up to the challenge,” said Coach Lawson.

Huntington has prided itself on defense all season with today’s performance no different. It marked the seventh time this season HU has held their opponent scoreless as they’ve allowed just 18 goals on the year.

At the other end of the pitch, the Foresters also got the job done. In just his third start of the year, freshman Valentin De Coninck came up with his first collegiate goal when he pounced on a loose ball in the box to bury it back netting 23 minutes in for the early 1-0 advantage.

The cherry on top came with less than 60 seconds remaining when Troy Hester punched a Taylor corner to Matheus Louzada who found Noah Stanford. It was a foot race after that as Stanford took it three-fourths the length of the field before blasting it past the Trojan keeper for his second goal this season.

“Val got things started with tenacious defending and opportunistic finishing,” noted Lawson. “Our attack continually showed its versatility with being able to create numerous opportunities behind Taylor’s backline.

“But if I’m honest, it was our resolute defending in the second half that was most impressive. From Troy, the back four and Migs organizing and willingness to track, we were able to get our second straight clean sheet.”

Before the match, HU honored its five seniors, Aaron Harting, Troy Hester, Isaac Jones, Brooks Smith and Hayden Suter.

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.