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Strong second half lifts Madonna past HU 5-0

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LIVONIA, Mich. – After playing even with their hosts through the first 45 minutes, the Forester women’s soccer team (0-2-1) didn’t have an answer for Kelly Capoccia’s hat trick on their way to dropping a 5-0 decision to the Madonna University Crusaders (1-0) Friday afternoon at the Mac.  

Capoccia blasted a shot from 20 yards out seven minutes into the second half to give the Crusaders a 1-0 advantage. It opened the flood gates as she netted two more goals and assisted another within a five-minute span to balloon the lead to 4-0 by the 66:20 mark. MU would add one more in the waning seconds to complete the shutout in their season opener.

Despite the lopsided outcome, HU head coach Amanda Burge was pleased with her team’s first half as they more than held their own.

“We didn’t get the result we were after today, but the stats don’t tell the whole story. These girls dominated the field in the first half,” said Burge. “They played a beautiful game of soccer.

“Unfortunately we went down by one early in the second and never recovered. We had a gut check today, a breakdown in our family and after an awesome night of laughing and crying together, these girls have decided to unite and press forward in a way that I believe will turn some heads.”

The Crusaders finished with 27 shots to HU’s six. Paige Coolman finished with nine saves in goal.

There’s no rest for the weary as Burge and crew are back at it Saturday at noon to face Marygrove College.

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.