BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Forester women’s soccer team posted a thrilling 3-2 overtime win against Bluffton University Saturday afternoon.
Karina Maldonado’s heroics, less than a minute into overtime, brought the game to an abrupt ending when she picked up Kaitlyn Dreman’s slotted ball through the Beaver defenders and dribbled around the charging keeper to punch it into the open net for the win.
While Huntington seemed to dominate possession, outshooting the Beavers 17-9, the visitors had to claw their way back after falling behind 2-1 in the second half.
The first half was all HU as they wasted no time getting on the board. Jessica Krause gave her team an early 1-0 lead off a Becca Grimes’ cross from the baseline in the 12th minute.
The rest of the half came and went before the tables turned to start the second period. Bluffton knotted things up within the first ten minutes of break when Kristen Tropf found back netting. Just over three minutes later, the Beavers surged ahead on an Aimee Whitmer goal but a resilient Forester squad was quick to respond.
The equalizer came at the 59:45 mark when Krause calmly placed a penalty kick into side netting to deadlock the score at 2-2 and eventually send the game into overtime where Maldonado logged the game-winner. It was the California native’s second collegiate goal.
Mary Whybrew started off in goal and tallied two saves while Caitlin Adams took over in the second period and overtime to log the win.
“The girls played their best half of the season yet, moving the ball around the field with beautiful one and two touch passing creating many great chances in the first half,” said Coach Tillett. “Unfortunately we did not keep that momentum going into the second half and fell behind after two goals by Bluffton.
“Showing great resolve the girls put in the equalizer to send it to overtime, where we ended it quickly. I was very proud of our ability to come back and pull out the win. We still have a lot to work on and will keep improving from day to day.”
HU (1-2) is back in the friendly confines of King Stadium Tuesday when they take on Madonna at 5:00 p.m.