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HUWS slips past #RV Taylor 1-0 to finish 4th in league standings

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UPLAND, Ind. - The Huntington women’s soccer team locked in the No. 4 spot in the final Crossroads League standings with a 1-0 road win over Taylor University Saturday night.

It was a dogfight to the bitter end as there were well over 200 possible scenarios based on today’s results. The Foresters got the job done against the #RV Trojans to set the stage for their top four finish and the opportunity to host a first round tournament match.

This marks the first time since 2010 that HU (9-7-2) has hosted a tourney game but even more impressive is the difference a year makes. Second year head coach Amanda Burge has made incredible strides already during her short tenure - having been denied postseason play last year with a 1-4-4 league record to finishing in the top four this season with a conference record of 5-3-1.

The game’s only goal came at the foot of Huntington’s mainstay all season Matéa Knispel. The junior midfielder has scored 17 times this season. She blasted tonight’s goal from 30 yards out with just over ten minutes remaining in the first half for her sixth game-winner of the year. Knispel entered the contest ranked 15th in game winning goals and 25th in total goals.

Paige Coolman was sensational in goal for the Foresters, logging her second straight shutout with the first earlier this week against #15 Marian. The senior keeper finished with a pair of saves as only two of Taylor’s 18 shots were on target. The Foresters posted seven shots, five of which were on goal.

“This has been quite a week for our family,” said Coach Burge. “Beginning with tying national ranked Marian and heading into tonight’s game tied for fourth with Taylor, we knew success relied on our ability to handle high pressure situations.

“Our ladies were able to dig deep and get the job done against a very well organized Taylor crew. Earning the honor of hosting postseason is an incredible testament of all the work they’ve put in this season!”

The 4th-seeded Foresters will host 5th-seeded Mount Vernon Wednesday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the CL tournament. The specific time is TBA. In regular season play, HU enjoyed a 2-1 decision at MVNU back on October 14.

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.