Cougars bring Foresters' season to a close

Fort Wayne, Ind. - In a battle for the final spot in the conference tournament, it was the University of Saint Francis who came away with the 3-1 win over the Forester men’s soccer team to advance to postseason play.

Plenty of heart and soul but missed opportunities defined HU’s match against the Cougars on Saturday. Despite the Foresters outshooting Saint Francis 10-6 in the first 45 minutes of play, the Cougars came up with the half’s only score in the 41st minute to take the halftime lead.

Missed opportunities continued to haunt HU as the Foresters came up empty on a penalty kick eight minutes into the second stanza. But Huntington continued to battle and finally found netting at the 74:18 mark when Todd Canal served the ball into Jake Essig who bent one around the keeper for a clinical finish to knot the score at 1-1.

The Cougars wasted no time reclaiming the lead three minutes later and then added some padding in the final minute of play to snag the 3-1 win and extend their season.

Drew Mattingly went the distance in goal and finished with four saves.

“I’m proud of our guys’ effort and attitude today,” commented Coach Lawson. “Offensively, I thought this was one of our best efforts of the season. We had seven different players take shots. We fought and threw everything at them but unfortunately didn’t finish our chances.”

With this loss, Huntington wraps up its 2011 season with an overall record of 4-12-1.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 187 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. 


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director