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HUWS downed by #1 Spring Arbor 3-0

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SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – After playing within one goal of the nation’s top team through 45 minutes, the HU women’s soccer team found themselves on the short end of a 3-0 decision against No. 1 Spring Arbor University Wednesday night at Cougar Soccer Complex.

Tonight’s win marks SAU’s 31st straight win as they improve to 11-0 overall, 4-0 in league play.

The Cougars have given up just one goal all year and tonight they kept that stat intact to log another clean sheet and remain at the top in the NAIA for shutouts on the year with ten. SAU is just as effective on the other the end of the field where they currently rank 7th in the NAIA in shots per game (22.5) and 8th in goals per game (3.8).

While SAU finished the night with 33 shots, the Foresters gave up just 13 shots and one goal through the first half before the defending national champions cracked their visitors’ defense for two more goals in the final 45 minutes on 20 shots to make for the 3-0 final.

Huntington finished with two shots on the night with Jaime Calvin and Olivia Knispel each logging one, both coming in the opening 45 minutes.  

Paige Coolman tallied nine saves to suffer the loss in goal for the Foresters.

“When you face the defending national champions, who have been handling top-ranked teams with ease, you never quite know what to expect,” state Coach Amanda Burge.

The Cougars have outscored the five nationally ranked teams they’ve faced this season 17-1.

“Led by an outstanding job in the net by Paige Coolman, the ladies surpassed our expectations with the way they came together and executed,” said Burge. “1-0 at half with several offensive looks felt great against a deserving #1 ranked SAU. Our offense was a little more limited in the second half but a 3-0 result against an outstanding opponent certainly leaves us hungry for what’s to come!”

The Foresters (4-6-2, 0-3-1) will look get back on track Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when they host Mount Vernon as part of Homecoming weekend.

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.