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Louzada logs game-winner in OT to lift HU past Manchester 2-1

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The HU men’s soccer team needed an extra five minutes to outlast Manchester University 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at Platt Arena. The Foresters have grown accustomed to overtime contests as three of their last four outings have gone into OT. Huntington is now 1-0-2 in matches that have extended beyond regulation.

Junior Matheus Louzada came up with the game-winner, the fourth of his career, just over five minutes into the first overtime when he came across the 18 on a pass from Noah Stanford to blast a shot into the corner sending HU fans into a frenzy.

Over the last decade, the Foresters have held the upper hand in the friendly non-conference rivalry with the Spartans (3-2) by logging seven wins against three draws and no losses.

Despite posting just three shots to HU’s nine in the first half, Manchester struck first for the early 1-0 advantage. Their goal came in the 17th minute and held until just before halftime when Louzada slotted a ball to Miguel de Sousa for the easy tap-in.

It was a much-needed boost for the Foresters to swing momentum their way with the pay-off finally coming in overtime.   

“I thought tonight was a gritty performance on our part,” said Coach Lawson. “We controlled large portions of the game and created some fantastic opportunities. It just took a little extra time tonight to find that game-winner.

“Manchester is a much-improved team from last year. They are well organized and well coached.”

Huntington outshot the Spartans 18-7 with 11 of those 18 shots on frame.

With this win, the Foresters improve to 3-1-2. They hit the road on Saturday to take on Siena Heights at 3:00 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.