Spring Arbor, Mich. - Playing under the lights in the cold and rain, the 13th-ranked Cougars of Spring Arbor University took it to the visiting Forester women’s soccer team 4-1 Wednesday night. With this loss, HU drops to fourth in the conference standings with a 3-2-2 MCC record.
The Cougars owned possession through much of the match and scored their first goal in the 21st minute. The Foresters answered two minutes later when Kate Bienz one-touched it past her defender and rocketed one off the crossbar and in from 22 out but it would be as close as HU would get as Spring Arbor’s pressure got the best of HU’s defense. The Cougars went on to score two more goals before halftime and then found an empty net 20 seconds into the second stanza to cruise to the 4-1 win.
Sam Barclay and Jillian Stiemke split keeper responsibilities, finishing with six and five saves respectively. The Cougars outshot HU 25-6.
“Spring Arbor is a great team. We knew that if we wanted a result in this game we were going to have to play near perfect and we didn’t,” commented Coach Burgher. “SAU was the better team and there is no arguing that. We let in two goals that we shouldn’t have, but even without those, it’s still a 2-1 game SAU. In our conference right now it’s Spring Arbor and then everyone else.”
“With two remaining game we really need to get two positive results. We are sitting in fourth right now in the MCC and we can stay there or move up, but it’s on us.”
The Foresters (9-4-3) head to Fort Wayne on Saturday to take on the University of Saint Francis at 2:00 p.m.