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HUWS opens up league with 2-0 road win over Goshen

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GOSHEN, Ind. - The HU women’s soccer team opened up conference play with a 2-0 road win over Goshen College (3-5-1, 0-1) Saturday afternoon at Ingold Athletic Complex. The Foresters have won five of their last six matches which includes four shutouts.

Coach Burge’s crew is now 5-4-1 on the year, 1-0 in Crossroads League action.

HU controlled the match from start of finish but it wasn’t until the second half that they finally got on the board when Matéa Knispel blasted a shot from 25 out with 38 minutes remaining for the 1-0 advantage. Knispel has scored nine times in the last five matches. She has 11 goals on the season.

Brandi Spear put the exclamation point on the afternoon when she scored on a corner kick on an assist from Madison Kidder with less than 90 seconds remaining to solidify the win. The goal is Spear’s eighth of the year and Kidder’s second dime.

Huntington finished with 23 shots, ten on frame, as most of the day’s play favored HU’s offense. The Foresters’ defense gave up just four shots, none of which were on target, with Paige Coolman earning the clean sheet in the net. 

“Today was an excellent start to conference play,” said Coach Burge. “Our girls were diligent in possession and moved the ball well both offensively and defensively.

“We stepped onto the field knowing we had put in the work and we’re certainly pleased with the result. Today’s win was a team effort all the way from our keeper to our attackers. We’re looking forward to what this conference season holds.”

Huntington returns to the friendly confines of King Stadium on Tuesday to host Saint Francis at 4:00 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.