Early lead doesn't hold up for HU booters

An early lead didn't hold up for the Huntington University men's soccer team as host Saint Francis mounted a second half comeback to defeat the Foresters, 2-1, on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Senior midfielder Jake Essig put Huntington out front six minutes into the contest with his third goal of the season. The Foresters maintained their one goal advantage until the Cougars' Jason Walcutt netted the equalizer off an assist from Alexis Ferreira da Silva at the 65:44 mark in the second half. Walcutt then played hero again and sealed the win for Saint Francis with his second goal of the game at 83:47 with assists from da Silva and Alex Fletcher.

Huntington trailed Saint Francis in overall shots, 17-9, but the squads were neck-and-neck in shots on goal, with four apiece.

Cougar goalie Brad Buzzard bested Forester counterpart Drew Mattingly, recording three saves to Mattingly's two to pick up the win.

Huntington drops to 6-9-2, 2-5-2 in the Crossroads League while Saint Francis improves to 13-4-1, 7-2 in conference play.