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Unger's brace helps Foresters beat Wolves

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Men’s soccer

The Huntington men’s soccer team picked up their fourth win over the season with a 3-1 decision over IU East Wednesday night under the lights at Centerville High School, the Red Wolves’ home pitch.

This is IU East’s second year for a program and their second loss to the Foresters as Lawson’s crew handed the Red Wolves a 6-0 loss last season.

Play was one-sided for the majority of the evening and the payoff was HU’s first goal in the 27th minute when Luke Unger, after breaking down the wing back, got his own rebound from a blocked shot for the putback. Unger was rewarded again just after halftime for being in the right place at the right time. It was another rebound, this time Matheus Louzada’s blast that struck the post on a restart, that he pounced on for his second goal of the day and a 2-0 HU lead.

The Red Wolves would cut the lead in half ten minutes later but HU had one more score in them to protect the W. Ty Sproat played a fantastic ball into Noah Fleming who slotted the keeper on a breakaway to cushion the lead back to two at the 69:35 mark.

When all the dust settled, the Foresters logged 24 shots, 14 on target, to IU East’s five, three on goal, as more evidence of HU’s dominance.

“This was a well-played game where we controlled possession from start to finish,” said Lawson. “I felt like the boys were focused. We were able to get numbers up consistently forcing some quality saves.

“I really liked how dynamic and versatile we were in our attack. We broke them down in multiple ways.”

Gabe Greenfield picked up the win in frame having given up just one goal while collecting a pair of saves in 90 minutes of play.

HU (4-2) is back in action on Saturday to host Michigan-Dearborn at 3 p.m.

Volleyball

The Huntington volleyball team struggled to get much going Wednesday night against Indiana Wesleyan in a three-set match, 25-18, 25-17, 25-16, that favored the visiting Wildcats. The loss is HU’s third straight in the league as they drop to 4-9 overall, 1-4 in conference play.

IWU has put together back-to-back wins as they improve to 4-9 overall, 3-2 in league action. The Wildcats registered their best hitting percentage (.319) of the season tonight in Platt Arena to finish with 44 kills behind Ana Collar’s 13.

“Indiana Wesleyan is plenty good and played really well tonight,” said Shondell. “We just weren’t able to match their level of intensity for three whole sets.”

HU, at the other end of the spectrum, logged a season-low .037 hitting percentage to make for a lethal position for Shondell’s crew as they managed just 19 kills on the evening. Lauren Cresse finished with five kills while Paige Eakright added four.

Shondell liked what he saw initially when the Foresters bolted in front 3-0. His squad would go on to enjoy the lead a handful of times after that including a 10-9 tilt in that first set but unfortunately, it proved their last advantage of the night.

“We came out the exact way we needed to, full of energy and super aggressive, but once we let up, we gave away our edge.”

Huntington will look to turn things around on Friday when they travel to Grace for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Lancers.