HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Forester men’s soccer team continues to prove they can play with anyone in the conference as they played within a goal of Bethel College. The Pilots, currently sitting in second in the CL standings, slipped past HU 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at King Stadium.
With three Crossroads matches to go, Huntington is currently sitting in fifth with a league record of 2-2-2, 6-6-2 overall.
Bethel took advantage an inadvertent hand ball in the box less than thirty minutes into the game to jump in front 1-0, a lead they would hang on to through intermission.
It was a half Coach Lawson would like back. “I didn’t think we came out as strong and as composed as we have been. Bethel pinned us in the first twenty minutes and shortly after capitalized on a PK.
“Despite our slow start, I was proud of how the boys responded from that point on. We generated opportunities by getting in behind and played in the middle of the field the rest of the match.”
It was that tenacity that resulted in the equalizer just seven minutes into the second half when Joey Newberry sent a one-timer in between the center backs to spring Brooks Gerke on a breakaway. Gerke had a dangerous first touch before slotting it past the keeper for his third goal of the season.
It was an evenly matched contest the rest of the way with Bethel catching a break in the 65th minute. The Pilots took advantage of a lapse defensively to find back netting for what proved to be the game-winner.
The visitors finished with 11 shots, five on frame, to HU’s eight. Half of the Foresters’ shots were on target with Gerke logging three of them.
Drew Mattingly registered three saves and took the loss in goal.
The Foresters hit the road on Saturday to face Taylor University at 7:00 p.m.