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HUWS opens season with 3-1 loss toTrinity Christian

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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - The HU women’s soccer team (0-1) hit the road to Trinity Christian College Wednesday afternoon where they suffered a 3-1 loss to open up their 2017 season. For the Trolls, it was their second W in two days.

After playing to a 0-0 deadlock, the Foresters gave up three goals in the first 30 minutes of the second half for a 3-0 difference. But Matéa Knispel was not about to settle for the shutout as her fight to the bitter paid off when she dropped one in the back of the net after a scramble in the box following a corner kick with less than a minute to play to make for the 3-1 final.

While Knispel’s goal was the only score of the day for the visitors, Coach Amanda Burge was happy with her team’s overall performance. “I am extremely pleased with our play today. We started off a little slow but definitely held our own in the first half.

“In the final 45 minutes, I thought we held possession a little more but they were able to break us down for a few well-organized goals. Overall, we had a lot of good opportunities and I’m thrilled to see what the rest of the season holds.”

When all was said and done, TCC outshot HU 21-15. The Foresters were on target nine times with Knispel logging five and Brandi Spear posting three shots on goal.

Paige Coolman went the distance in the net where she registered 16 saves in the losing effort.

The Foresters have a break until next Wednesday when they host Madonna University at 3:00 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.