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Knispel’s golden goals propels #4 HU to 2-1 win over #5 MVNU in CL quarterfinals

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The 4th-seeded HU women’s soccer team (10-7-2) is moving on to the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament compliments of junior Matéa Knispel’s golden goal 30 seconds into the second overtime of their quarterfinal matchup with 5th-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University Wednesday afternoon.

After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and the first OT, Knispel was quick to wrap things up with a blast far post less than a minute into the second extra period for her seventh game-winner of the year and a 2-1 win in quarterfinal action of the CL tourney.

The Foresters beat the Cougars in regular season 2-1 with HU’s first goal coming within the opening five minutes of play. It was a similar start today but Coach Burge’s crew needed just three minutes to take the lead when Brandi Spear rocketed a shot back netting at the 3:07 mark. The senior forward has 11 goals on the year.

It was quiet the rest of the half as both teams combined for just three shots. Mount Vernon came out of intermission firing on all cylinders to create several quality opportunities and their pressure finally paid off in the 66th minute when Alexa Skal sent one upper right 90 for the equalizer.

The Cougars continued to be the aggressors but HU’s defense wouldn’t budge after that. Paige Coolman made sure of it by coming up with some big saves including a huge stop with just over 15 seconds to go in regulation to send the match to extra time. The senior keeper finished with nine saves for her seventh win of the year.

The first overtime featured three shots by HU and two by the Cougars for the stalemate before Knispel’s heroics. Spear earned the assist, her fourth of the season, on Knispel’s game-winner.   

Mount Vernon outshot their hosts 13-7 with ten on goal to HU’s four.

“Without question this was one of our toughest matches this season, but also one of our most consistently played 90+ minutes,” said Coach Burge. “The ladies were hungry today and knew that we had what it took to continue our post season charge.

“We simply had to put it all together and play our style of soccer. It goes without saying that I’m incredibly proud of the effort they put forth today and look forward to the battle that lies ahead Saturday!”
Huntington will play the winner of #1 Spring Arbor/#8 Bethel on Saturday in the semifinals.  The last time the Foresters won a postseason match dates back to 2013 when they beat MVNU 2-1 in double OT.

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.