The women’s soccer team ended a double-overtime game that was postponed by rain for an hour and a half in a 1-1 tie at RV Marian University (10-6-1, 5-2-1) Wednesday night.
Marian took an early lead, scoring in the first thirty seconds of play. The rest of the half proved scoreless for either squad.
After pushing back the 7 p.m. start time, the match also broke for a 45-minute lightning delay early in the action.
The delay was sandwiched between 13 shot attempts from Marian and just four from the Foresters during the first half.
Junior keeper Paige Coolman tallied six of her ten saves in the first period, helping to set up the Foresters for a competitive second half.
“After a 30-second shock in the back of the net from an extremely quick Marian attacker, we settled down and played our game,” Coach Amanda Burge said.
The two teams fought nail to nail for the next 62 minutes. The scoring drought was eventually brought to an end by a Tessy Geiss goal off one of the Foresters’ two corner kicks of the evening. The goal was the sophomore’s third of the season.
The score was even at 1-1 at the sound of the buzzer.
“Not only did we possess well and equalize, we rose above our circumstances to a greater result against a nationally-ranked unit,” Burge said.
In the first overtime period, an early Olivia Knispel shot was saved by Marian, who maintained possession for most of the remaining time. Coolman recorded another save in the final seconds to send the game to a second overtime.
HU only attempted one shot in the final ten minutes of play, as Marian continued to keep the ball on their end of the field.
Coolman saved back-to-back Marian attempts at the 108-minute mark to maintain the tie as the time expired.
“But, at the end of the day, what mattered to me most was the way our ladies displayed character, selflessness and teamwork,” Burge said. “Their attitudes and behaviors were what made us truly successful.”
Entering the last weekend of play, the Foresters sit at 5-7-4 overall and 1-4-3 in conference play.
HU hosts Taylor University in its final regular season game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Seniors will be recognized before the game for their contributions to the program.