Huntington, Ind. - The Forester men’s soccer team (2-4-1) let one slip away as the visiting Archers of Moody Bible Institute stormed back in the second half to steal a 5-3 win from HU on Saturday afternoon.
Huntington opened up scoring 17 minutes into the match when Todd Canal sent a ball across the face of the goal where Kyle Geiss ran onto it for a picture perfect score. Canal made it 2-0 when he slotted one past the keeper on a breakaway pass from Derek Ressler at the 51:159 mark. Moody got one back in the 65th minute to close within one but HU quickly countered when Ressler found the corner off a restart less than four minutes later.
Enjoying a comfortable 3-1 lead with less than 20 minutes left in the contest, it looked like HU would cruise to the win but the tides quickly turned. Moody went on a scoring spree, finding the back of the net four times in a ten-minute span to turn their two-goal deficit into a two-goal lead. A stunned Forester squad never recovered as the Archers went on to claim the come-from-behind win.
“Obviously it’s a disappointing loss to have been up 3-1 in the second half,” said Coach Lawson. “We gave Coach’s team an opportunity and they took full advantage of it. Moody is a talented and spirited team and today they really showed it.”
Moody outshot the Foresters 22-14. Chris Fox went the distance in goal recording nine saves on the day.
At halftime of the game, the HU athletic department honored Moody soccer coach Joe Harding and wife Carol for their years of service from 1984-1991 to HU. At the conclusion of this season, Coach Harding will retire after 33 years of coaching soccer. He has spent all but one of those years at HU and Moody.