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Foresters' season ended by Grace

KICK: Senior Millie Adams crosses the ball during Huntington University’s 2–0 loss to No. 16 Grace in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals on Wednesday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington University women’s soccer team’s season came to an end on Wednesday, losing 2–0 to No. 16 Grace in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals in Winona Lake, Indiana.

With the loss, Huntington’s final season record dropped to 5–13–1.

Grace registered the first quality scoring chance of the game in the 10th minute when a Lancer broke toward the Forester goal only to have the shot dribble wide of the right post.

The Lancers again nearly opened the scoring in the 11th minute on a shot labeled to sneak inside the left post, but freshman goalkeeper Maddy Moan made a huge diving save to keep the game scoreless.

Despite the game being pretty even the next 18 minutes, Grace opened the scoring in the 29th minute to go up 1–0 after the ball bounced around in front of the Huntington net before being kicked to the back of the goal.

The Lancers nearly doubled their lead in the 32nd minute, but Moan again made a sprawling save to keep the game at 1–0 in favor of Grace.

As halftime approached, an 1–0 deficit for Huntington seemed imminent. However, with just 28 seconds remaining in the first half, Grace doubled their lead to take a 2–0 advantage into the break, a devastating blow for the Foresters.

Looking to rebound and get the game within reach, the Foresters came out of the gates in the second half with intensity and an urge to get a quick goal.

Senior Matea Knispel nearly did just that in the 49th minute when she got a clear look at the Lancer cage off a beautiful crossed ball, but Knispel launched her shot just over the crossbar, leaving the scoreboard reading 2–0 Grace.

Unfortunately for the Foresters, Knispel’s bid would be the best scoring opportunity they would have, as Huntington largely failed to get and maintain possession of the ball the rest of the game.

Head coach Amanda Burge felt disappointed the Foresters’ season came to a close as quickly as it did.

“The season ended earlier than we would have liked, and with a record we weren’t exactly expecting,” Burge said in a press release.

The loss also concluded the college playing careers of seniors Millie Adams, Morgan Anderson, Mikala Avina, Jaime Calvin, Autumn Demott, Abigail Field, Tessy Geiss, Katherine Highstead, Knispel and Blaire Koomler.