As the women’s soccer squad fights through a challenging conference season, they remain determined to earn a conference tournament bid.
The Foresters bettered their cause with a 1-0 victory over Bethel Oct. 8 for their second road win of the season and first in conference play.
In a game that went scoreless until the final four minutes, junior Becca Grimes registered the goal to capture the win. The goal was Grimes’ third of the season, and sophomore Sarah Church aided with an assist.
Freshman goalkeeper Paige Coolman continued to defend well for the Foresters. She is currently ranked second amongst her fellow conference players in season saves, averaging 7.19 per game.
Head coach Chris Tillet said Coolman has been a key asset to the team.
“It’s tough for any goalkeeper, regardless of her [age], and she’s getting some lessons as we go,” he said. “She’s done a good job. She’s a good player.”
The Foresters fell to Marian, 2-3, in a close double overtime loss, Oct. 11. The senior tandem of Courtney Baker and Kaitlyn Dreman tallied two goals within the first 30 minutes of the match. Baker scored both goals, while Dreman’s assists set up the shots.
The Knights matched the Foresters’ two goals in the second half and scored in the 110th minute to silence the Foresters’ fight.
Baker leads the team in goals and ranks fifth in the conference. Grimes ranks ninth within the conference in total season assists.
After the heartbreaking loss to Marian, the Foresters traveled to Taylor University Oct. 14 to compete in a game that ended with a draw. Coolman recorded 14 saves in the contest.
Following the tie against Taylor, HU remained positioned No. 8 in conference and hosted Indiana Wesleyan University Oct. 18. Holding the Wildcats scoreless for the entire first half, the second half featured Kerry Devney scoring an equalizer for IWU which fellow senior and co-captain Courtney Baker swiftly answered by firing a shot past IWU goalkeeper Megan Weiss to put the Foresters back on top. IWU would tie the game with a Lizzie Rittenhouse goa and after two periods of overtime, the score remained 2-2.
“Our defense played well, and we didn’t give up in the final minutes,” Baker said. “We’re improving each game and getting better at not letting down in overtime, fighting until the end.”
Saturday’s decision puts Huntington at 3-11-2 overall with an away game at Saint Francis University up next on Wednesday Oct. 22. HU will need to maintain its status in the top eight teams in the conference in order to make an appearance in the conference tourney.