HUNTINGTON, Ind. - A strong second half catapulted the Forester men’s soccer team (5-5) past visiting Mount Vernon Nazarene University Wednesday afternoon in a conference brawl that favored HU 3-2. The win brought an end to HU’s four-game skid and evened up their conference record at 1-1.
The Cougars made the most of their first half opportunities, scoring on two of their three first half shots to ride a 2-0 lead into intermission. It was an all-too familiar feeling for the Foresters as it marked the third time this season where Coach Lawson’s squad has faced a 2-0 deficit. But after regrouping at halftime, HU made sure they didn’t hang their heads too long.
HU’s first two goals were a matter of being in the right spot at the right time. Ryan Pickup took advantage of a poor clear by a Cougar defender to tap one in at the 51:30 mark. Then in the 67th minute, the Foresters’ pressure caused another MVNU blunder and Josh Codd was there to win a 50/50 with the keeper for the equalizer.
Less than two minutes later, the game-winner came at the foot of Isaac Wust. After a quick inner-play in the box, Paul Holliday dropped a ball to Wust who buried it from 15 out for the win.
“We put forth tremendous effort today,” said Lawson. “We showed great resolve to come back from a 2-0 deficit. The boys earned this victory.”
Huntington finished with ten shots, nine of which were on frame, to MVNU’s nine, four on goal. Drew Mattingly tallied two saves and was credited with the win in goal.
Next up for the Foresters is a trip to Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Wildcats.