SPRING ARBOR, Mich. - The HU women’s soccer team gave the nation’s 7th-ranked Cougars of Spring Arbor University all they could handle before Brooklyn Morgan scored the game-winner with ten seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift her team, 2-1, past the Foresters in semifinal action of the Crossroad League tournament.
With this win, top-seeded SAU advances to the championship game where they will face upset-minded Taylor University. The 7th-seeded Trojans knocked off 3rd-seeded Saint Francis on Saturday to land a spot in the finals on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The winner of this game will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
The Foresters didn’t let Morgan’s first goal, scored within the opening six minutes of play, detract them from staying focused defensively against the nation’s 7th ranked team in total goals scored (63). The Cougars managed 31 shots on the night, 21 of which were on goal, but Huntington locked down defensively to hold their hosts scoreless through the rest of regulation.
On the other end of the field, Kaitlyn Dreman finally cracked the Cougars’ defense in the 73rd minute when she lofted a ball over the keeper on an assist from Courtney Baker to knot things up at 1-1 and send the game to overtime.
Spring Arbor’s offense was active through both overtimes, logging a total of nine shots while holding HU shotless. Their pressure finally paid off in the waning seconds of the second extra period when Morgan found back netting to send the Foresters home empty-handed.
Caitlin Adams took the loss in goal. She finished with 19 saves.
“The girls played well all night despite whatever storms they had to weather,” said Coach Chris Tillett. “We gave up a goal ten minutes into the game, lost two starters to injury and still fought back to tie the game.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our girls and their effort as they represented Huntington University with excellence.”
The Foresters wrap up the season with an overall record of 6-13.