3rd-ranked SAU wallops HU in CL Tourney semis

The fourth-seeded Huntington University women’s soccer team proved to be no match for top-seeded Spring Arbor University, losing 7-0 to the host Cougars in a Crossroads League Tournament semifinal game on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Spring Arbor, ranked third nationally, scored four goals in the opening half and three more in the second to improve to 18-1-1, 8-0-1 in league play. The win sends the Cougars to the tournament’s championship game, where they’ll take on second-seeded Marian University on Nov. 11.

With the loss, Huntington finishes the season 10-8-2, 5-3-1 in conference.

The Foresters mustered five shots for the game, three of which were on goal. Junior Matea Knispel accounted for all three of those scoring looks.

The Cougars bombarded the Huntington defense with 25 shots, 14 of which were on frame. Bethany Balcer and Kaley Buck highlighted the offensive effort with two goals apiece.

Senior Paige Coolman went the distance in goal for the Foresters, taking the loss. Ashley Timmons started in goal for the Cougars, making three saves to earn the win.