HU soccerwomen edge MVNU in Crossroads League Tourney

The fourth-seeded Huntington University women’s soccer team outlasted fifth-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2-1, in double overtime in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at King Stadium.

With the win, the Foresters, 10-7-2, 5-3-1 in league play, advance to semifinals where they will face top-seeded Spring Arbor University on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Coach Amanda Burge’s squad wasted no time getting on the board, as senior Brandi Spear scored off a pass from junior Millie Adams a little over three minutes into the game. That lead stood up through the first half and into the second, when Alexa Skal netted the equalizing goal for the Cougars in the 65th minute.

The deadlock stretched through the remainder of regulation and the first overtime period. The second bonus frame, though, saw junior Matea Knispel come through in the clutch for Huntington, scoring in the 100th minute, with Spear assisting, to send the hosts to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013.

Knispel’s goal was her 18th of the season, which leads the team. Spear’s tally was her 11th of the campaign.

The Foresters finished with seven shots, four of which were on goal. Knispel accounted for half of those scoring looks.

Mount Vernon racked up 13 shots for the game, with 10 coming on frame. Huntington goalkeeper Paige Coolman was a brick wall, though, blocking all but one of those shots to end the Cougars’ season at 10-6-2, 4-3-2 in conference.

Coolman’s Mount Vernon counterpart, Madi Moore, finished with two saves while allowing the two Huntington goals to take the loss.