Heading into their regular season finale, the Foresters were in a "must win" situation to secure a berth in the postseason conference tournament. HU battled Marian College and the elements to earn the 1-0 victory and its first opportunity to play in the postseason since the fall of 2005.
The two teams played over 75 minutes of scoreless soccer before the Foresters finally broke through Marian's defense. Jared Boyd beat his defender on the left flank and drove the ball into the box. Steven McKay finished a great run by heading the pass into the back of the net. HU's defense then held down the stretch to shut out the Knights.
"With our playoff lives on the line and considering the extreme elements, the guys played a tremendous game," said Coach Lawson. "We were solid on both sides of the ball tonight. Our defense was intense, well organized and I thought our attack was extremely dangerous generating quality opportunities."
With the win, HU moves to 6-10-2 on the season and finishes the conference schedule in a tie for seventh place with a 2-5-1 record. As the seventh seed in the MCC Tournament, the Foresters will travel to Indiana Wesleyan to take on the 2nd-seeded Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1.