IWU hangs on for 2-1 win over HU
Wildcats bring an end to Foresters' season
MARION, Ind. - It was a flurry of activity to start the match as the top-seeded Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University held on for the 2-1 victory over the 8th-seeded HU men’s soccer team in first round action of the Crossroads League Tournament.
With this loss, the Foresters wrap up the season with a record of 8-9-2.
Just over two minutes into the game, Huntington grabbed an early 1-0 lead on an own goal when IWU Goalie Josh Goepper nabbed a long range blast from Isaac Beal and his momentum carried him into the net for the score.
Seven minutes later the Foresters returned the favor with an own goal when a Wesleyan corner kick deflected off an HU defender to deadlock the score at 1-1.
The scoring frenzy continued when First Team All-Conference picks Geoff Bowman and Corey Lopez substantiated why they are two of the league’s top offensive threats by tag teaming to find back netting in the 13th minute for what proved to be the game-winner.
Indicative all season, the Foresters didn’t go down without a fight. HU continued to apply pressure in the second half but the Wildcats managed to stave off their visitors for the win.
“We were dangerous the last 35 minutes of the game,” stated Coach Lawson. “The difference was our attitude to get in behind but unfortunately we weren’t able to put one in the back of the net.”
IWU finished with 12 shots to HU’s 10 while Huntington owned a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Drew Mattingly finished with three saves.
“I’m proud of the effort and commitment of these boys. Not just today but all season,” noted Coach Lawson. “The foundation has been built for great things to come.
“Special thanks to our seniors for the role they played in helping to lay that foundation and for the leadership they provided this year.”