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HUWS slips past Manchester on Knispel’s late goal

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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - Junior Olivia Knispel finally cracked the Spartans’ defense with just under four minutes remaining to lift the HU women’s soccer team past Manchester University (2-4),  1-0,  Wednesday afternoon. Her game-winner came when she slipped a shot past the keeper after chasing down a long ball misplayed by an MU defender.   

The Foresters (6-3) have now recorded four shutouts on the year.  

In a contest where 20 Foresters took to the field, it was HU’s bench play that proved to be the difference in the game. After a sluggish start, the Foresters needed a boast and Coach Tillett found his answer by way of seven players who came off the bench to play twenty minutes on either side of intermission. They played inspired soccer that carried over into the finally 25 minutes where Tillett’s crew finally found back netting in the waning minutes.

“Even on a tough day, the girls battled through and still found a way to win,” said Tillett.

HU finished with 19 shots, ten on frame, to the Spartans’ seven, six of which were on target. Autumn Demott played the final 45 minutes in goal where she finished with two saves for the win.

The Foresters now moves into the conference portion of their season. They are slated to host Spring Arbor on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 39 NAIA All-America honors and 234 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.