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Knispel leads Foresters to first conference victory

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Foresters earned their first conference win of the season over Bethel College on Saturday. HU sealed the deal on the road against the Pilots (4-11, 0-7) with a 2-1 decision.

Senior Olivia Knispel proved the offensive X-factor for the Foresters on the day, tallying both of the team’s two goals.

HU recorded 11 shots on goal to Bethel’s five over both halves. Junior keeper Paige Coolman collected 3 saves, all of which came in the first half.

Knispel's first goal came in the 29th minute off an assist from Audra Klopfenstein.

“Stepping out on the pitch today, we were hungry for our first conference win, but Bethel came out strong, and we were taken off our game,” Coach Amanda Burge said.

At the half, the Foresters returned to the locker room with the score knotted at 1-1.

“With refreshed determination after halftime, we started to play our game and were unwilling to setter for anything less than a win,” Burge said.

Knispel's second goal just one minute into the second frame brought the game to 2-1, with both teams failing to find net the rest of the half.

The Foresters are coming up on their final two matches of the regular season. Both will be against top-three Crossroads League opponents. The women will travel to Marian University Wednesday, Oct. 19 for a 7:00 p.m. start time before hosting the Taylor Trojans 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.