The NAIA 10th-ranked Bethel College Pilots had their hands full with a feisty Forester squad, but were able to hold off HU for the 2-1 win.
Although the majority of the first half was played in the midfield, both teams generated a quality scoring opportunity. Bethel's keeper, Scott Terry, came up with a big save to stop a breakaway attempt by Joel Sanders, but the Pilots were able to capitalize on their opportunity with just under eight minutes until halftime.
In the second half, Bethel came out firing on all cylinders and put the Foresters on their heels. The Pilots punched in their second goal just over a minute into the half. But HU didn't go away and continued to battle. Sanders finally got the Foresters on the board with six minutes left in regulation off an assist from James Holliday, but they couldn't come up with the equalizer.
"I was pleased with our effort tonight," said Coach Lawson. "Bethel is a quality team that isn't going to gift you many opportunities, and yet we were able to create solid scoring chances. This is a hard-working, talented team and their day is coming."
The loss drops HU to 4-9-1 on the season and 1-5 in the MCC.