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Match ends in 2-2 draw for HUMS

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - On opening day of league play, the Huntington men’s soccer team had to settle for its third double OT draw of the year. This time around, it was a 2-2 deadlock with the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan at King Stadium.

The Foresters were just over 60 seconds away from claiming a 2-1 win but a determined Wildcat squad, playing down a player, found back netting in the 88th minute to force OT where neither team could crack the others’ defense for a golden goal.

HU wasted little time to establish a 1-0 lead by scoring in the opening 16 minutes when Luke Unger crossed a ball to Bradey Gerke, back in the starting line-up after missing three games, for the easy tap in.

It started a trend as IWU’s equalizer came less than 15 minutes later and approximately 15 minutes after that, HU struck again. This time Ty Sproat unleashed a rocket into the back of the net on an assist from Matheus Louzada for the 2-1 advantage five minutes before halftime.

It looked like the score would stand until Glauber Oliveira’s heroics near the end of regulation sent the game to extra periods where Huntington had three shots on goal to IWU’s one with both keepers coming up with the necessary saves to preserve the tie.

When all was said and done, shots taken were similar with IWU enjoying the slight advantage, 17-16, but shots on frame heavily favoring HU as they fired off nearly twice as many as their visitors with 11 to Wesleyan’s five.

Troy Hester spent all 110 minutes in goal for Coach Lawson’s crew and tallied three saves.

HU (4-2-3, 0-0-1) is back in action on Wednesday to face Saint Francis 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.