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HUWS enjoys first win of season with 1-0 decision over Aquinas

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The HU women’s soccer team headed up north over the weekend to take on a pair of WHAC conference schools. After suffering a 1-0 loss to Cornerstone on Friday, the Foresters bounced back to log their first victory of the year with a 1-0 win over Aquinas College.

It was a defensive battle from start to finish on Friday with the only goal of the day coming in the 39th minute when CU’s Erica Mick lofted a shot over senior keeper Paige Coolman who finished with five saves on the day.

The Golden Eagles finished with ten shots while HU registered five. Matea Knispel finished with two shots, one on frame, for the Foresters.

On Saturday, Huntington was solid on both sides of the ball to claim the well-deserved win.

“Every time we’ve stepped on the pitch this season, we’ve had a goal in mind,” said Coach Burge. “Before tonight, we’ve stepped off learning a valuable lesson but tonight everything clicked and we finally broke the seal!

“We hustled for 90 minutes and never let our pace of play drop. I couldn’t be more proud of the way these ladies came together to beat a tough Aquinas crew.”

Saturday’s win was the identical score of the Foresters’ win over the Saints last year. The win is also HU’s first shutout of the season with Coolman posting the clean sheet in the net.

Audra Klopfenstein came up with the game’s only big play just after intermission when she found back netting on a header from a picture perfect cross from Tessy Geiss. Klopfenstein’s goal is her first of the season, the fourth of her career.

HU finished with 16 shots to Aquinas’ 14 in an evenly matched contest with nine on target for the visitors while the hosts finished with six on frame.

Burge’s crew (1-3-1) is on the road again on Wednesday to take on Manchester University at 3:30 p.m.

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.