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Knispel’s late goal wraps up the hat track and lifts HU past USF 3-2

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - With just over two minutes remaining, Matéa Knispel rocketed a shot side netting to lift the Forester women’s soccer team past the University of St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 Friday afternoon at King Stadium.

The goal wrapped up the hat trick for Knispel as she accounted for all of HU’s scoring on the day in the comeback win. It was a five-goal week for the junior midfielder as she scored twice in HU’s 5-0 win at Manchester on Wednesday.

Knispel’s first goal came in the 34th minute to give her team a 1-0 advantage that held until 21 minutes into the second half when, in a flurry of activity, everything changed on a dime.

USF’s Casey Harris found Olivia De La Rosa at the 65:52 mark on a corner kick for a quick score to knot things up at 1-1. Just over two minutes later, it was déjà vu as the duo teamed up again on a corner kick to steal the lead at 2-1.

But there was no panic in Coach Burge’s crew as they went right back to work and their diligence paid off as the equalizer came in the 74th minute with the game-winner following shortly after. When all was said and done, Huntington finished with 18 shots, ten on frame, to the Fighting Saints’ seven.

“This afternoon was a great test of our players’ mental toughness,” said Burge. “Coming from behind is never easy, especially in a game when emotions were so up and down because of the lead changes.

“Matéa was dialed in tonight and her focus and hard work paid off with the hat trick - the first of her Forester career.”

The win is Huntington’s third straight as they improve to 3-3-1. They take to the pitch again on Wednesday to host Lawrence Tech 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 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.