HU-IWU soccermen play to 2-2 tie

A late score helped the Huntington University men's soccer team force overtime with host Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 28, but two extra periods couldn't break the deadlock and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Indiana Wesleyan's Corey Lopez got the scoring started with a goal at 20:09, with Geoff Bowman assisting. Isaac Wust countered for the Foresters at 32:50 with help from Scott Murray before the Wildcats retook the lead prior to halftime at 36:07, thanks to Bowman and an assist by Johnny Fredericks.

The lead stood until the final minute of regulation when Huntington's Joey Newberry drove a free kick into the box amidst a crowd of Forester and Wildcat jerseys. Murray got the first touch on the serve and his redirect bounced off an Indiana Wesleyan defender for an own goal to tie things up at 2-2 and send the game into overtime.

However, neither squad was able to find the back of the net during the two 10-minute overtimes to bring the match to a draw.

The Foresters were bombarded by Wildcat shots early and often as Indiana Wesleyan took 23 shots compared to only four for Huntington. Forester goalkeeper Drew Mattingly weathered the storm, though, making eight saves to keep the game within reach.

Huntington's record stands at 5-5-1, 1-1-1 in the Crossroads League. Indiana Wesleyan, ranked 18th nationally heading into the game, is 7-2-2, 2-0-2 in conference play.