MARION, Ind. - It was a moral victory for the Huntington men’s soccer team as they weathered the Wildcats’ pace and physicality to play to a 2-2 tie against the nation’s 18th-ranked team in Indiana Wesleyan University Saturday under the lights in Marion.
“Indiana Wesleyan is a classy team and very deserving of their No. 18 ranking,” said Coach Lawson. “We did a fantastic job of not backing down. We defended and stayed together until the very end.”
IWU had not given up a goal to any Crossroads League opponent until Saturday. They remain at the top in the conference standings with a league record of 2-0-2. The Foresters move to 1-1-1 in conference play, 5-5-1 overall.
Despite managing only four shots on the night to IWU’s 23, the Foresters made the most of their opportunities by capitalizing on a pair of restarts. Isaac Wust took advantage of loose ball in the box off a corner kick by Scott Murray in the 32nd minute to log his team’s first goal and knot things up 1-1.
Just over three minutes later, Wesleyan countered to regain the lead at 2-1.
The lead stood until the final minute of regulation when Joey Newberry drove a free kick into the box amidst a crowd of Forester and Wildcat jerseys. Murray got the first touch on the serve and his redirect bounced off an IWU defender for an own goal to tie things up at 2-2 and send the game into overtime.
While both teams had chances, neither squad was able to find the back of the net during the two 10-minute overtimes to bring the match to a draw.
Drew Mattingly finished with eight saves.
“Drew was phenomenal in goal tonight,” said Lawson. “It was another high standard performance by our First Team All-Conference keeper. He helped up steal a point tonight.”
The Foresters are back in action on Tuesday when they host Goshen College at 4:00 p.m.