MU, Huntington Turn In Two-Overtime Thriller

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A pair of remarkable saves down the stretch by junior goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich.), coupled with a goal midway through the second 45 minutes by junior defender/midfielder/forward Tod Oram (Crown Point, Ind.), helped keep Manchester University’s unbeaten skein intact Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Forman, battling through a 13-9 shots advantage by visiting Huntington University, kept the home crowd of better than 175 Black and Gold fans cheering, especially down the stretch. He knocked away a well-struck ball off the feet of the Foresters’ Hayden Suter with regulation closing and then sprayed a five-foot attempt from Luke Unger off to the left of the Spartans’ net as the first overtime whittled down due to a full out dive, saving the eventual 1-1 draw on Good Field pitch at the Spartan Soccer Complex.

After the visitors (1-5-1) took an early lead with a score less than 10 minutes in, Coach Corey Brueggeman’s side looked for the answer over the remaining portion of the first half and into the second. Finally, Oram, positing his second goal of the year to take the team lead in points (seven), got loose down the right side in the 75th minute and hit a rope that HU keeper Brad Buzzard dove hard to the near post for but the ball ricocheted through the goal mouth to the far post and into the back of the net.

Looking deeper into the match statistics, sophomore midfielder Ben Niederhelman (Ross, Ohio) and Oram went one-two in shot attempts with Oram tallying three and Niederhelman ending with two. Other strike ties for the home side came from freshman defender Matthew Roop (West Lafayette, Ind.), sophomore midfielder Ryan Morley (Canton, Mich.), senior midfielder Ola Ladapo (London, England) and sophomore forward Drake DeWitt (Columbia City, Ind.).

The Spartans (3-0-2) break from competition to prepare for a three-match stretch next week. It begins Tuesday, Sept. 20, as Andrews University of Michigan visits North Manchester for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

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