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WOMEN’S SOCCER

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S SOCCER Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The 4th-seeded Forester women’s soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday night as they suffered a 7-0 loss to top-seeded Spring Arbor University at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

While the lopsided outcome was HU’s heftiest loss of the season, there is still plenty of reason to celebrate this team. The Foresters (10-8-2) advanced to the semis for the first time since 2013, tallied double-digit wins for the first time since 2012 and hosted a postseason match for the first time since 2010.

“Tonight certainly wasn’t the result we were hoping for but that doesn’t take away from the incredible work put in this season by this family,” said Coach Burge. “These ladies have worked day in and day out and it shows on the field and even more so off the field in the way they love each other, love the Lord and love those around us.”

The Cougars, the 2015 National Champs and 2016 National Runners-Up, made it abundantly clear that their No. 3 ranking is legitimate and are likely to make a deep run again in the national tournament as they raced out to a 3-0 advantage within the opening 20 minutes and never looked back on the way to their 18th win of the year and a spot in the finals of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The loss brings an end to HU’s season but Burge’s sentiments about her squad is clear. “I am one extremely blessed coach. We’re looking forward to building upon the momentum established this season but we will certainly miss this service-driven senior class! God no doubt has incredible plans for their futures.”

MEN’S SOCCER

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S SOCCER Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

It came down to penalty kicks Saturday afternoon to see who advanced to the finals of the Crossroads League Men’s Soccer Tournament with top-seeded Spring Arbor University converting all five of their PKs to survive and advance over 4th-seeded Huntington.

SAU keeper Isiah Handspike came up with a monster save on HU’s first PK attempt to give his team the upper hand right out of the gate as the Cougars calmly found back netting on all five of its attempts to Huntington’s three to earn their second straight trip to the CL championship match.

The 110 minutes prior to the shootout was a gutsy performance by Coach Lawson’s crew as they held the No. 21 team in the nation scoreless – a feat no other team has accomplished this year. The Cougars entered the day averaging nearly three goals per outing but the Foresters’ defense wouldn’t be cracked as the match ended in a 0-0 tie after a pair of extra periods.

While SAU advances to the finals, the match will go down in the record books as a tie which snaps the Cougars’ seven-match win streak over Huntington. Spring Arbor finished the afternoon outshooting HU 17-10 while also holding a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.

“I’m so proud of the boys’ performance today,” said Coach Lawson. “We played with an organization and clarity that allowed us to go toe-to-toe with a strong Spring Arbor team.

“Both sides had their moments and to hold SAU goalless for 110 minutes was a testament to how well we have been playing down the final stretch of the season.”

The Foresters haven’t given up a goal in the last 380 minutes of play as they wrap up the year holding their last four opponents scoreless.

Nevertheless, Coach Lawson and crew were far from ready for their season to end as they finish with an overall record of 10-4-5. “No one was ready to end this season and that’s what makes this so difficult. The relationships, adversity, development, sacrifice, next-man mentality and the leadership have all made this a special season.

“This group of men set a standard of playing this game with honor, maturity and class. We’re not perfect but the bar has been raised once again and that is exciting for the future of HUMS.”

VOLLEYBALL

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on VOLLEYBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

A banged up Forester volleyball team headed into the Crossroads League Tournament as the 6th-seed and outlasted 3rd-seeded Grace in set one before dropping the next three to bring a close to their season with a 3-1 loss to the Lancers, 25-27, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15.

The loss is Huntington’s third to GC this season but as has been the case all season, Shondell’s crew didn’t go down without a fight.

“You had two teams that had no intentions of ending their season tonight,” said Shondell. “All you saw was a battle. We were down often in this match but never gave in. I am so incredibly proud of that.”

Freshman Brandy Michie had one of the best outings of her young career by leading the Foresters offensively with a career-tying 12 kills and .400 hitting percentage. Senior Josie Beaver added ten kills in the middle while Danielle Gurwell and Breanna Metz tallied eight and seven kills respectively. Janna Tacosik organized the offense with 38 assists.

Senior Mikayla Carpenter finished her Forester career by saving the best for last with a career-high 21 digs. Ariene Butler tallied eight digs while Emily Hubby registered seven.

“Brandy chose a pretty good time to have the match of her career,” said Shondell. “Grace is still scrambling to find ways to stop her.”

Shondell was also pleased with how his team rallied despite injury. “Given the recent injuries to Tailor and Kate, I was really pleased with Kate’s grit and Brea’s ability to step in there and go after it.”

HU wraps up the year with a record of 13-21 and HU’s skipper was quick to praise his seniors as he already looks forward to 2018-19.

“You can’t say a word about tonight’s effort without making it abundantly clear that the five seniors who played their final match tonight are worthy of every ounce of praise they receive and that they will undoubtedly serve as the foundation for what we are building her at Huntington.

“This was far from how we drew this match or this season up, but the picture we’ve got now looks awfully good for the future.”

CROSS COUNTRY

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on CROSS COUNTRY Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester cross country team wrapped up its season at the Crossroads League Championships hosted by Marian University Saturday afternoon at Northview Church in Carmel, Ind. The HU men took 7th while the women finished 10th.

As has been the case most of the season, Adrien Gentie paced the Huntington men with his 30th place finish in 27:41.6 for an average mile time of 5:35. Three Foresters finished within the next 20 seconds. Kevin Moser was one spot back at 31st in 27:44.5. Nick Childs was on his heels to claim 32nd in 27:46.7 while Elijah Chesterman took 39th by clocking in at 27:57.2.

Codi Wiersema rounded out HU’s scoring by turning in a season-best time of 28:36.4 for 51st place. Other runners for the Foresters included Kody Ahrens (58th, 29:01.5) and Zach McIntyre (63rd, 29:27.9).

Coach Miller’s crew finished tied for sixth with 183 points with the tiebreaker favoring the Lancers based on their 5th runner finishing ahead of HU’s 5th runner.

For the fifth time in six years, Indiana Wesleyan took home the title with 32 points followed by Taylor (37), Marian (81), Goshen (123), Mount Vernon (153), Grace (183), HU (183), Spring Arbor (206), Bethel (218) and Saint Francis (304).

Aspen Dirr led the Forester women by running to a 24th place finish out of 135 runners in 20:01.9 (6:28 pace). Bianca Tisdale came in next for HU by clocking in at 21:30.8 for 57th place. Only one spot separated Huntington’s final three runners with Rachael Smelser claiming 65th in 22:53.3, MacKenzie Bobeck finishing 67th in 23:48.9 and Erin Manchess taking 68th in 24:30.3.

Taylor ran away with the women’s title with 21 points followed by Indiana Wesleyan (65), Marian (86), Mount Vernon (135), Spring Arbor (136), Goshen (181), Saint Francis (198), Bethel (201), Grace (236) and HU (281).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU men’s basketball team didn’t have an answer for Connor Phee who poured in 40 points to propel Concordia University past their hosts 91-76 Saturday afternoon at Platt Arena. For the Cardinals it was their season opener while the Foresters drop to 0-2 on the year.

Phee, CU’s leading scorer last season, missed just four of his 22 shots, corralled ten rebounds and swatted six shots as a one-person wrecking ball. His support cast included Jalen Thompson with 15 points and Jerald Booker with 13 as HU struggled to contain the Cardinals’ high-octane offense that connected on over half its shots and scored over half its points in the paint.

The Foresters’ starting line-up accounted for all but ten of the team’s points with Konner Platt topping the list with 20. Tyler Arens added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Zac Owens finished with 12 points and three steals while Mason Coverstone posted 11 points.

Senior point guard Mike Bush, HU’s final starter, was a point shy of a double double as he tossed in nine points while handing out a game-best 16 dimes to go along with a game- and career-high five steals.

The lead toggled back and forth five times through the opening nine minutes before the Cardinals took a permanent lead of 18-17 at the 10:46 mark. Their advantage stood at eight, 43-35, at halftime and remained in single digits for all but a handful of possessions in the second half until the final two minutes when CU enjoyed a ten-point spread of 84-74 that grew to 15 by the final buzzer.

HU committed just eight turnovers to Concordia’s 16 and while the visitors got the best of the boards 52-44, Huntington chased down 13 offensive boards to the tune of 13 points while limiting the Cardinals to six offensive rebounds for eight points.

Coach Platt’s crew is back in action on Tuesday when they host Lawrence Tech at 7:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

November 6, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The HU women’s basketball team picked up its second win in less than 24 hours to wrap up the Crossroads League/WHAC Classic with a 54-43 decision over Aquinas College Saturday afternoon. With this W, the Foresters improve to 2-1 and finish 2-0 against their WHAC opponents.

Saint Francis was the other Crossroads League team participating in the classic and they too tallied wins over Aquinas and Cornerstone for a 4-0 sweep over the WHAC in the annual league vs. league challenge.

Just like against Cornerstone last night, defense was the Foresters’ bread and butter. On this given day, HU limited the Saints to just 11 field goals on 22.0 percent shooting. The rest of Aquinas’ points came by way of the free throw line where they went 18-for-23.

Huntington’s defense created instant offense for the hosts as they converted 18 Aquinas miscues into 17 points. Half of AC’s turnovers were HU steals with Maddie Richer, Hailey Krewald and Sam Hammel each swiping a pair.

While offense didn’t necessarily come easy for either team, the Foresters got the job done at the other end of the hardwood to enjoy a lead for all but two minutes of the 40-minute contest. As a team, Culler’s crew finished 22-for-60 for 36.7 percent while going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

Scoring was by committee with Sarah Fryman and Casey Morton leading the way with 11 and ten points respectively. Hammel added eight points and a game-best five assists. Richer tossed in eight points and dished out three assists.

The Foresters’ lead never crept into double digits through the first half but Saylor’s bucket in the paint two minutes into the third finally brook that barrier for a 31-21 tilt. The Saints would whittle it down to five three times but would get no closer as Richer, Morton and Krewald each nailed a triple at key moments in the final 13 minutes to hold their visitors at bay.

It was an evenly matched battle of the boards with HU owning a slim 41-40 advantage. Aquinas tracked down 13 offensive boards for ten second chance points to Huntington’s 11 for eight points. Brooke Saylor led the charge for HU with 12 caroms while Krewald corralled ten.

Momo Neal was the Saints’ only double-digit scorer with 14 points. Michaela Faber added eight points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds.

The Foresters have held the upper hand against Aquinas under Coach Culler’s tutelage – tallying 12 wins against six losses.

HU hits the road for the first time this season on Wednesday to take on Holy Cross College at 5:30 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

November 2, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S BASKETBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Huntington men’s basketball team opened up its season Wednesday night at Platt Arena with a 96-89 loss to an offensively potent Saint Xavier University crew.

The Cougars shot 57.1 percent (36-for-63) which included draining 12 triples to establish a lead from opening tip-off that they gave up just once early in the contest after Tyler Arens knocked down his first of three long balls for a 6-5 HU advantage four minutes into the night.

Jared Jones countered with back-to-back threes and a traditional three-point play by Chris Soczek capped off a 9-0 SXU run in a 90-second span allowing the visitors to reclaim the lead at 14-6. Ten minutes later, the Cougars still owned an eight-point advantage.

It looked like the tides might turn when Kyle Platt scored and was fouled on a fast break dunk. The senior forward completed the three-point play to trim the lead to four at 39-35 by the 3:03 mark. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Quinn Niego spearheaded another Cougar run to close out the half to extend the lead to double digits at 53-40 by intermission.

Niego finished the period with 17 points, which included going 5-for-5 behind the arc. Mike Bush was just as effective through the opening 20 minutes by pouring in 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting while Arens added 12.

SXU’s lead remained in double digits for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Zac Owens finally dipped the lead to nine, 83-74, on a driving layup at the 5:26 mark. Twice after that, the difference stood at just six points but the Foresters would get no closer as the Cougars improved to 1-1 while HU starts the year at 0-1.

After his 18-point first half performance, Bush added ten more points but turned his attention to distributing the basketball as he dished out six assists in the second period to finish with 28 points and a game-best seven assists.

Bush’s main target was Arens as evidenced by his monster second half. The 6-8 forward poured in 23 to finish with a career-best 35 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds, seven of which were offensive, for the double double.

A pair of rookies in Owens and Junior Scott came off the bench to register seven points each in their college debut.

As a team, the Foresters finished 32-for-64 from the field for 50.0 percent. They connected on 19 of their 29 free throw attempts for 65.5 percent. Behind Aren’s 13 boards, HU outrebounded the Cougars 37-34. Turnovers were a wash as HU committed eight to SXU’s seven.

Niego topped Saint Xavier with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Soczek added 18 while Jaelon Wilson came off the bench to record 14 and Kevin Fervil finished with ten.

Next up for Coach Platt’s crew is another home game against Concordia University (MI) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

November 2, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on VOLLEYBALL Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

It wasn’t how the Forester volleyball team wanted to wrap up their regular season as they dropped a 3-0 decision (-19, -24, -22) to Bethel College Wednesday night at Goodman Gymnasium. The loss is HU’s first to the Pilots as the league foes split the season series with Huntington beating BC in three the first time around back on September 20.

Both teams finished with a 7-11 conference record to tie for 6th in the final league standings with Shondell’s crew winning the tiebreaker to earn the 6th-seed headed into postseason. The #6 Foresters will travel to #3 Grace on Saturday for the quarterfinals of the CL tourney.

Huntington struggled offensively as they managed just 28 kills and a .061 hitting percentage. Danielle Gurwell led the way with eight kills. Breanna Metz added seven while Josie Beaver tallied five.

The Pilots, on the other hand, logged 40 kills and a .173 hitting percentage to win the battle at the net offensively. They also won the battle at the net defensively by out-blocking their visitors 8-6.

Jenna Tacosik topped Huntington in assists with 22. Ariene Butler bolstered the backline with 15 digs while Kate Cobb and Mikayla Carpenter chipped in 12 and ten respectively.

HU is now 13-20 on the year.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

November 2, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on WOMEN’S SOCCER Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The 4th-seeded HU women’s soccer team is moving on to the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament compliments of junior Matéa Knispel’s golden goal 30 seconds into the second overtime of their quarterfinal matchup with 5th-seeded Mount Vernon Nazarene University Wednesday afternoon.

After playing to a 1-1 tie through regulation and the first OT, Knispel was quick to wrap things up with a blast far post less than a minute into the second extra period for her seventh game-winner of the year and a 2-1 win in quarterfinal action of the CL tourney.

The Foresters beat the Cougars in regular season 2-1 with HU’s first goal coming within the opening five minutes of play. It was a similar start today but Coach Burge’s crew needed just three minutes to take the lead when Brandi Spear rocketed a shot back netting at the 3:07 mark. The senior forward has 11 goals on the year.

It was quiet the rest of the half as both teams combined for just three shots. Mount Vernon came out of intermission firing on all cylinders to create several quality opportunities and their pressure finally paid off in the 66th minute when Alexa Skal sent one upper right 90 for the equalizer.

The Cougars continued to be the aggressors but HU’s defense wouldn’t budge after that. Paige Coolman made sure of it by coming up with some big saves including a huge stop with just over 15 seconds to go in regulation to send the match to extra time. The senior keeper finished with nine saves for her seventh win of the year.

The first overtime featured three shots by HU and two by the Cougars for the stalemate before Knispel’s heroics. Spear earned the assist, her fourth of the season, on Knispel’s game-winner.

Mount Vernon outshot their hosts 13-7 with ten on goal to HU’s four.

“Without question this was one of our toughest matches this season, but also one of our most consistently played 90+ minutes,” said Coach Burge. “The ladies were hungry today and knew that we had what it took to continue our post season charge.

“We simply had to put it all together and play our style of soccer. It goes without saying that I’m incredibly proud of the effort they put forth today and look forward to the battle that lies ahead Saturday!”

Huntington will play the winner of #1 Spring Arbor/#8 Bethel on Saturday in the semifinals. The last time the Foresters won a postseason match dates back to 2013 when they beat MVNU 2-1 in double OT.

MEN’S SOCCER

November 2, 2017 Sports News Comments Off on MEN’S SOCCER Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The 4th-seeded Forester men’s soccer team punched their ticket to the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament Wednesday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout over 5th-seeded Bethel College in the quarterfinals of the tourney at King Stadium. It’s the second straight year HU has won their opening match of postseason play and the first W over Bethel since September 25, 1993, when they handed the Pilots a 2-0 loss.

Valentin De Coninck and Matheus Louzada teamed up in the first half to provide all of their team’s offensive firepower. Louzada found De Coninck on a free kick in the 25th minute who one-timed it into the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage. De Coninck has scored in HU’s last two contests.

The freshman forward returned the favor four minutes later by picking the pocket of a Bethel defender and then crossing the ball to Louzada who smashed it home for a 2-0 lead that stood the test of time. Louzada leads the team in scoring with eight goals and eight assists on the year for 24 points, which ranks him third among his league peers.

While the Pilots fired off 16 shots to HU’s six, Coach Lawson’s crew was resolute as they held their visitors scoreless, their third straight clean sheet with Troy Hester earning the win in frame each time. The senior keeper finished with five saves.

“Our defense was once again outstanding from Troy to our backline to Miguel directing traffic,” said Coach Lawson. “Stephen Brown came off the bench to offer us some great minutes tonight. He was where he needed to be, when he needed to be.”

The veteran skipper was also pleased with the play of De Coninck. “Val continues to shine for us. He really got things going for us today on that set piece by getting the inside track to beat his man to the ball for our first score.”

“Overall, the boys earned this win and deserve the opportunity to move on,” said Lawson. “I thought we showed great maturity to see this match through – especially in the second half when we didn’t get drawn into spending any negative energy on things out of our control.”

HU (10-4-4) now awaits the winner of #1 Spring Arbor/#8 Taylor for a matchup on Saturday in semifinal action of the CL tourney.

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Huntington University is proud to celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We invite you to join us this Monday, January 15th as we come together to revisit the past in order to inspire hope for today. This year’s MLK service will be held in the …

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

18 Jan 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

The Forester women’s basketball team cruised to a 59-38 win over Goshen College Wednesday night at Platt Arena. The W completes the series sweep over GC with Huntington’s first win, a 51-44 decision, dating back to November 21. While it was a game that favored the hosts the entire evening, …

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MEN’S BASKETBALL

17 Jan 2018 | Posted By: Joanne Green, SID

Wednesday’s Crossroads League clash was one for the books as Konner Platt drained a triple as time expired in overtime to lift the Huntington men’s basketball team past Goshen College 100-97. It marks the second time this season the Foresters have needed an extra period to claim a win as …