The Foresters (4-5-1, 1-1) picked up their first conference win of the season with an impressive 2-1 victory over a talented Marian College (9-2, 1-1) squad.
The Knights took an early lead with a goal 14 minutes into the first half. A few minutes later Marian generated another quality scoring opportunity on a break away, but HU keeper, Kevin Keske came up with a huge save to keep it a 1-0 game. Unfortunately, Keske was injured on the play which forced Coach Lawson to go to his bench. Freshman Matt Boyer was given the nod and he stepped up with 10 saves to help secure the win for HU.
The Foresters continued to battle and were able to get the equalizer before the half. James Holliday took a pass from Matt Gerlach and rocketed a shot from the top of the box, which deflected past Marian's keeper with just under five minutes left in the period.
The second half saw end-to-end action with the Foresters' Joel Sanders finally breaking the 1-1 tie with 16:51 left in the match. Marvin Martinez sent a pass deep, which Sanders corralled. He beat his defender and then slipped the ball past the keeper for the game-winner.
"The guys played exceptional tonight," said Coach Lawson. "They played with poise which made all the difference in the world."
The Knights had 13 shots on goal to just seven for HU and the Forester keepers had 13 saves, Keske with three and Boyer with 10.