King Stadium was full of excitement as the women’s soccer team laid out an impressive display of offensive momentum in a 5-0 shutout of Crossroads League rival Goshen College Oct. 26 during senior night.
Fifty-one seconds after the whistle blew, junior Rachel TerMarsch and sophomore Olivia Knispel assisted senior scoring leader Courtney Baker as she hit the top left corner of the net to make the game 1-0 Foresters. The Foresters outshot the Maple Leaves 9-1 in the first half.
Baker along with co-captain Kaitlyn Dreman facilitated ball movement along with junior Becca Grimes. Grimes recorded five shots, Dreman four and Baker with three.
Going into the second half, HU continued to pressure Goshen goalkeeper Chelsea Katchmazenski. Baker would put up a fast-paced breakaway, nailing a hard shot into the goal off an assist from TerMarsch. Six minutes after Baker’s goal, Dreman made the game 3-0.
After Goshen defender Lena Charles received a yellow card, Baker once again scored a goal on a long ball, assisted by Grimes. Senior Amy Snider would add one more goal to complete the 5-0 shut out.
In goal for the Foresters, Paige Coolman played a dominant 67:17 with Mary Whybrew adding a supporting 22:43 time in goal. Whybrew had one save to her credit.
With the regular season ending, part of the incentive to get the win was a higher ranking in the conference tournament, Dreman said.
“At halftime we found out that IWU lost today, so with a win we are seeded higher than we expected,” Dreman said. “We came out with a renewed energy to make sure that happened so that we wouldn’t be facing Spring Arbor [University in] the first round of conferences.”
Taking the win and factoring in the loss of Indiana Wesleyan University, the Foresters find themselves ranked seventh in the conference which pits them against Grace College for the opening game of tournament play.
Head coach Chris Tillett is confidence in his team’s improved showing in the last six games.
“Out of our last six games, we’ve won three, tied two, and only lost one, so we’re playing some pretty good soccer as we wrap up our season,” he said. “We just want to continue to get better and be ready for conference tournament – you know, do something that Disney wants to make a movie out of down the road.”
With Saturday’s game being senior night Baker said it was rewarding for all the seniors (excluding keeper Whybrew) to be able to score.
“I think it’s awesome,” Baker said. “I think it’s cool just to see how much work the seniors have put in this year and to let all of them get – not glory – but just get that shot is just amazing because of what these girls have done for the team.”
The Foresters will play Grace College in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Nov. 1.