HUNTINGTON, Ind. - A pair of goals by Kaitlyn Dreman in the final two minutes of the first half spurred the Forester women's soccer team to a 3-2 win over the University of Saint Francis in a critical Crossroads match-up.
Heading into Thursday's match, both team shared identical conference records of 4-2 and a piece of the No. 2 spot in the standings. With this win, HU (12-4, 5-2) gains sole possession of second place while the Cougars (9-7, 4-3) drop to fourth place with Taylor behind Grace who has a 4-2-1 conference record.
After an evenly-matched contest through the first 42 minutes, Dreman single handedly changed all of that when she drew a Cougar hand ball in the box and made good on the ensuing penalty kick at the 42:43 mark to give HU a 1-0 lead.
Just over a minute later Dreman struck again. She dribbled across midfield, beat two defenders and struck the ball left-footed past the keeper from 18 out to give HU a 2-0 advantage heading into break.
It looked like the Foresters would cruise to the win when Brittany Hartman found Lisa Underwood who beat her defender and the goalie from 12 yards out to push the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute but the Cougars kept things interesting until the final whistle.
Three minutes after Underwood’s 15th goal of the season, Saint Francis’ Alysha Johnson found back netting to trim HU’s lead to 3-1. The Cougars struck again with four minutes remaining to pull within one but time was on HU’s side as they were able to hold off USF for the win.
The Foresters tallied 12 shots on goal to the Cougars’ nine despite being outshot by their visitors 23-22. Samantha Barclay picked up the win in goal with seven saves.
"This was a big game for both teams tonight,” said Coach Burgher. “The winner took sole possession of second place in conference.
“We took a three goal lead but let Saint Francis get back in the game. We know what we did to allow them back in and hopefully our team grows from that. At the end of the night our goal was to be in second place in conference, we didn't care how we got there."
Coach Burgher went on to say, "Sam Cubic, Kaitlyn Dreman, and Karina Maldonado were the heart of the team tonight. They have a lot of pressure on them and tonight I couldn't have asked anything more from them. We are going to enjoy this win, but know we still have more work we have to do before we can celebrate anything."
The Foresters hit the road on Saturday to take on Bethel at 1:00 p.m.