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Klopfenstein logs game-winner in HUWS’s first win of the year

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DETROIT, Mich. – Junior Audra Klopfenstein’s first collegiate goal couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as she rocketed a shot back netting in double overtime to lift the HU women’s soccer team past Marygrove College 2-1 Saturday afternoon for her team’s first win of the season.

Klopfenstein’s game-winner came in the 107th minute on an assist from Millie Adams. It was a game of firsts for the Foresters as it also marked the first win for first year head coach Amanda Burge.

“We fought hard, battled from start to finish, faced adversity and dug deeper than I knew we were capable of,” said Burge. “We came together on that field today as a unit unwilling to accept less than a victory.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these ladies for their relentless effort, and determination to change the story, and to do so for the glory of God.”

Olivia Knispel got the Foresters on the board late in the first half for a 1-0 lead that was fleeting as less than three minutes later, starting keeper Toby Carman was whistled with a foul in the box to which the Mustangs took full advantage of the ensuing PK to knot things up 1-1.

It proved to be the only two scores in regulation but the Foresters weren’t without opportunity as they dominated possession from start to finish as evidenced by their 46 shots, 30 on frame, to the Mustangs’ three.

Forty-six shots is the most documented shots in a game in program history. Knispel and Tessy Geiss tallied double digit shots with 11 and ten respectively while Adams added eight and Brandi Spear collected seven.

Paige Coolman got the win in goal. She came in with under ten minutes left in the first half and went the distance to finish with two saves.

Burge’s squad moves to 1-2-1 on the season. They head back to Michigan next weekend for back-to-back games, playing Cornerstone at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Aquinas at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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 254 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.