INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Down by one with less than 20 minutes remaining, the Forester women’s soccer team scored twice in a four-minute span to mount a fast and furious comeback to steal a 2-1 road win from the Knights of Marian University Saturday evening.
Not only does this win bump HU up into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings, Saturday’s win also ties the record for most wins in program history with ten. It also marks the first time Huntington has beaten the Knights since 2004.
Trailing 1-0 after 25 minutes of play, the Foresters spent over 50 minutes looking for the equalizer and finally broke the seal with 18 minutes to play when Lisa Underwood sent a free kick far side netting to knot things up at 1-1.
Four minutes later Kaitlyn Dreman took advantage of the visitors’ momentum to will the Foresters to victory. After losing the ball in the attacking third, she won it back and toe-poked it far post for the game-winner.
"I am extremely proud of my girls tonight; the second half of this game was a mentality that I haven't seen at Huntington before,” state Coach Burgher. “These girls were down 1-0 to a team they had never beaten. They could have easily settled for how results had always been with Marian, but instead they wanted more. They showed a maturity tonight that was undeniable."
HU outshot Marian 19-8 and earned ten corner kicks to just one for the Knights. Goalkeeper Samantha Barclay finished with four saves for the win.
"Defensively Courtney Baker did a great job marking tonight, Court was a huge reason we won tonight’s game,” Burgher noted.” Three other players had fantastic games last night, one was Sam Cubic. Sam was all-conference as a freshman and then tore her ACL last year in a conference match. Last night she was back in top level form, she had her best game of the season tonight.
“Elise Mamanu-Gray is such a dangerous player and she has moments during games that she shows us just how high-level of a player she is. Tonight she had about 5 or 6 of those moments; moments where it didn’t really matter who was defending her because she was going to do what she wanted. And last but not least, Sam Barclay made a few huge saves for us tonight. She is really making a name for herself in the conference.”
The Foresters (10-3, 3-1) host Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Fort Wayne Sport Club.