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Foresters put three past Point Park

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MEN’S SOCCER

With Friday afternoon’s 3-1 win over Point Park, the HU men’s soccer team advances to the championship game of the Blue Devil Classic where they faced host Lawrence Tech at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

While it was a 1-1 deadlock after the first 45 minutes of play, Lawson’s crew felt firmly in control from the get-go.

“Our energy right from the first whistle which is where it needed to be,” said Lawson. “Most of first half was ours to have, we had good quality through the middle park we just lacked the final piece.”

The first half saw HU generate ten shots to Point Park’s two with Luke Unger logging the game’s first goal at the 14:35 mark compliments of a quick combination play with Ty Sproat and Matheus Louzada that allowed Unger to get in behind to slam it home.

The Pioneers countered less than five minutes later for the 1-1 tie that carried to break.

The second half was similar to the first in regards to Huntington’s dominance but this time HU was able to find back netting a few more times. Eleven minutes into the period, Travis Hurtis found Sproat for his third goal of the season.

Less than 60 seconds later, Jake Erlandson rose above the rest to get his head on a ball Guilherme Lins Souza served into the box on a restart for a 3-1 advantage that PPU wouldn’t touch.

“This was a fantastic response from Monday’s loss,” said Lawson. “We played very organized through the middle with some good pressure. We took away options from them which is always pleasing to see.”

HU tallied ten shots in each half, 14 on frame, while limiting the Pioneers to a total of six shots, three on target, over the 90 minutes.

Gabe Greenfield earned the win in net.

Today’s matchup with the Pioneers is the first meeting between these two teams and Point Park’s first loss of the year.

Huntington moves to 3-1 on the year. Through four games, the Foresters are giving up, on average, just over one goal a game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The HU women’s soccer team headed to Grand Rapids on Friday to take on its first WHAC opponent of the weekend, Cornerstone University, and came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision.

The Foresters struck first when Matea Knispel found upper netting on a set piece for a 1-0 lead at the 37:07 mark, an advantage they would hold through the rest of the period. Unfortunately, it wasn’t lasting as the Golden Eagles came out of halftime to score two minutes in and then again less than five minutes later.

The 2-1 difference was enough for CU to ride out for the win. Shots were similar with the Cornerstone holding an 11-7 edge. They also enjoyed a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Autumn Demott took the loss in frame, finishing with six saves.

While it wasn’t the result Coach Burge was hoping for, she remains optimistic about the direction her team is headed. “Every time we step on the field we put more and more of the puzzle together.

“Tonight followed suit. As things continue to click, we will get the results we are looking for, and for that we are all excited.”

Huntington (1-4) takes to the pitch again tomorrow night to face another WHAC foe in Aquinas at 7:00 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Up against one of the hottest teams in the NAIA, the HU volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23, to No. 19 Saint Francis Friday night at Hutzell Athletic Center.

For the Cougars, their No. 19 ranking this week is its first Top 25 ranking in their program’s 44-year history. Tonight’s win is USF’s tenth straight as they improve to 13-2 on the year, 3-0 in league play.

USF looked polished on both sides of the net, logging a .353 hitting percentage and posting nine blocks as a team.

“We knew coming in that Saint Francis was really strong all around, and they showed that tonight,” said Coach Shondell.

Botched plays got the best of HU.

“Forty-two errors in three sets of volleyball won’t win you a lot of volleyball matches,” said Shondell. “Giving your opponent 14 points per set is a hard stat line to come back from.”

HU finished with 32 kills behind Paige Eakright’s eight. Lauren Cresse added six kills as did Brandy Michie.

“I was thrilled with Paige’s energy and effort tonight,” said Shondell. “Lauren was steady and potent offensively, we just weren’t in-system enough to get our middles going.”

The Foresters (4-7, 1-2) have a quick turnaround as they hit the road again tomorrow to face Spring Arbor at 3:00 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

Facing some of the best competition they will see this year, the Forester men’s cross country team took fifth while the women finished sixth at the IWU Twilight Invitational Friday night.

The men’s 8K featured 131 runners, 70 scored, with Kevin Moser posting a 12th place finish by clocking in at 27:02.0 (5:26.3/mile). Nick Childs crossed the line next for HU in 27:57.2 for 25th place.

Adrien Gentie took 30th in 28:35.6. Rounding out the scoring for Coach Johnson’s crew was Aaron Hendryx (35th, 28:49.8) and Kody Ahrens (46th, 29:09.5). Other runners for Huntington included Luke Zeddis (54th, 29:49.7) and Justin Ayers (61st, 30:31.4).

Indiana Wesleyan tallied 36 points to claim the title followed by Taylor (43), Ohio Christian (108), Goshen (109), HU (148), Tiffin (167), Grace (193), Mount Vernon (198), Saint Francis (221) and IU Kokomo (251).

In the women’s 5K, just over two minutes separated HU’s top five runners with Aspen Dirr leading the pack by turning in a 20:14.7 for 23rd place out of 126 runners, 69 scored. Saige Norris crossed the line next in 20:21.0 for 24th.

Olivia Von Gunten (21:29.7) and Bianca Tisdale (21:33.5) ran to a 39th and 40th place finish. Lauren Craig rounded out HU’s scoring with a 54th place finish in 22:23.7. Other runners for Huntington included Isabel Hunter (58th, 22:53.8) and Molly Mitchell (63rd, 23:36.0).

Taylor, ranked 2nd nationally, took first with 24 points followed by Ball State (40), Mount Vernon (111), Indiana Wesleyan (131), Saint Francis (180), Huntington (180), IU Kokomo (180), Ohio Christian (189), Grace (237) and Tiffin (277).

Huntington was one of three teams to log 180 points. The tie-breaker was based on the finish of each team’s No. 6 runner. USF’s sixth runner finished 49th to HU’s 58th to IU Kokomo’s 60th which is reflected in the final standings.

Johnson’s crew is off until September 21 when they compete in the Taylor Invitational.