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HUWS takes #RV IWU to 2OT before suffering 2-1 loss

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Marion, Ind. - The Huntington women’s soccer team came up just short of playing spoiler to Indiana Wesleyan’s homecoming as they took the #RV Wildcats to double OT before suffering a 2-1 loss on a windy Saturday afternoon.

The loss is HU’s first in league play as they move to 2-1 in Crossroads League action, 6-5-1 overall.

IWU (8-1-2, 1-1-1) struck first just before halftime to take a 1-0 lead into break. Matéa Knispel wasted little time drawing things even when she blasted a free kick off the crossbar and off the IWU keeper into back netting for the 1-1 stalemate ten minutes into the second half.

Knispel has scored in six of HU’s last seven matches. She has 13 goals on the year.

Neither team could crack the others’ defense through regulation or the first extra period but five minutes in the second OT, Tia Sanford logged her fourth game-winner of the season for the abrupt ending.

IWU finished with 20 shots, 12 on target, while their visitors totaled 16 shots, eight on frame. Paige Coolman, finishing with eight saves, took the loss in goal for HU.

“No loss is ever easy but this one is particularly difficult because we let it slip away right at the end,” said Coach Burge. “This was a really tough fought battle from start to finish. We did come out a little flat in the first half but I’m extremely proud of the ladies for pulling it together and kicking it in gear in the second half.

“It’s an unfortunate loss but we’re ready to turn the page on Monday and prepare for our next match. We will learn from what happened and move forward.”

HU has a tall order on Wednesday when they host #2 Spring Arbor 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.