MISHAWAKA, Ind. - It wasn’t exactly the outcome the HU women’s soccer team had hoped for as they outshot Bethel College 33-12 on Saturday but finished in a 1-1 deadlock after two extra periods at Morey Field.
After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, Karina Maldonado played a through ball to Brittany Hartman who beat a defender and slotted it past the keeper at the 48:45 mark for her third goal of the season.
Playing on a rain-soaked muddy field, the Foresters continued to generate opportunities but struggled to finish. Despite their missed chances, it looked like HU would hang on for the win but Bethel’s Kristen Zeilenga had other intentions as she found an open net with less than three minutes remaining to knot things up at 1-1 and send the game into overtime.
Both overtimes proved to be relatively uneventful as HU generated one shot to Bethel’s two but neither team would crack the defense as the match ended in a stalemate.
"This was a pretty frustrating game for us,” stated Coach Burgher. “We had opportunity after opportunity but couldn't finish anything. Kudos to the Bethel goalkeeper, she made save after save and kept them right there within striking distance.
“Our team has to have more urgency around the net, on both ends. If we would have wanted it just a little bit more on both sides today, I think we could have come away with a win and continued to control our finish in the League."
HU finished with 23 shots on goal while the Pilots tallied eight. Samantha Barclay went the distance in goal to finish with seven saves.
With this tie, Huntington moves to 12-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 in conference play. With Taylor left on the schedule for Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Huntington North High School, the Foresters are in a must-win situation if they want to hang on to their No. 2 spot in the Crossroads standings.