The Huntington University Men’s Soccer team is looking for the first regular season conference title since 1989.
By Ryan Walker, Staff Writer
Yet again, the Foresters men’s soccer team is in the mix for the Crossroads League regular season title. Although HU has won the conference tournament for the last two seasons, they have not won the regular season since 1989. With just four games to go, they are sitting at the top in first with 17 points, with Indiana Wesleyan, Bethel, and Spring Arbor right behind.
It’s unfair to say Huntington University is in first, however, due to all three of the trailing teams not playing over the weekend because of covid-19 cancelations and no game for Bethel. HU was the only school to play and be able to rack up points within the top four slots in the league. For example, if Bethel or Indiana Wesleyan would have played and won their Saturday game, they would be tied for the top slot. Nonetheless, Huntington University is right where they want to be—at the top.
Russ Lawson’s squad came up short last season for the conference title when they lost to Spring Arbor, the dominant force in the last few years. They will be able to control their own destiny from here on out, as their last three matches of the season are against the top three teams outside of HU. They will play at Marian, then start their stretch of the league’s top opponents against Spring Arbor, Indiana Wesleyan, and Bethel. Huntington University can control their own destiny if they win the rest of their games, but it will be a tough task considering the schedule. Winning the league outright would give HU their third straight national tournament appearance and could provide them with a much better seed than previous years.