Palos Heights, Ill. - Playing on Trinity Christian College’s new turf field, the Forester men’s soccer team held their own to force a 1-1 deadlock after two extra periods against a talented 3-1-1 Troll team. With this tie, HU’s record stands at 1-3-1.
Despite only one shot in the first half which came at the 17:56 mark, the Foresters made sure it counted when Todd Canal intercepted a ball being cleared by the Troll’s keeper and slotted it into the back of the net to give HU the early 1-0 lead. Twenty minutes later Trinity’s Jesus Arciga found an empty net off a rebound to knot things at 1-1.
Neither team could gain an advantage in the second half and overtime periods forcing the 1-1 draw. For the game, the Trolls outshot HU 22-8. Drew Mattingly started in goal and finished with one save in 45 minutes of action. Chris Fox came in for relief to record three saves over the last 65 minutes of play.
“I thought we rolled back on our heels about midway through the first period but once we had a chance to settle down at halftime, the guys really stepped up their game,” commented Coach Lawson.
“I thought our passing was much better. It allowed us to play a much quicker and controlled game. Our defense did a great job. Trinity has lots of offensive weapons and we shut them down.”
The Foresters hit the road again on Tuesday when they take on Manchester College at 4:00 p.m.