NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s soccer team won its third consecutive game following a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Huntington on Wednesday September 22.
The Black & Gold got on the scoreboard first in Wednesday’s rain-soaked contest at Spartan stadium. After the Foresters were unable to clear a Manchester corner, Spartan sophomore Matt Brown (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) fired a rocket into the back of the net to give Manchester a 1-0 advantage in the 14th minute.
The Foresters tied the game in the 35th minute following a long volley off the foot of Pablo Garcia. Huntington held a slim 5-3 advantage in shots taken in the opening period as both teams remained tied at 1 at the intermission.
The Spartans regained the lead early in the second half following a goal from Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester). Kruschwitz’s goal in the 54th minute was put in from 20 yards out.
Huntington didn’t back down as the Foresters rallied to tie the score once more in Wednesday’s contest. In the 63rd minute, Nathan Lemmon sent a volley from 20 yards out past the outstretched arm of Manchester keeper Adrian De Leon for the equalizer.
The Spartans went ahead for good in the 73rd minute as Harley Kruschwitz scored once more for the Black & Gold. The current Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week now has seven goals on the season.
For the game, Manchester outshot Huntington 19-10 – including a 16-5 margin in the second half. The Black & Gold also held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks taken.
Manchester (3-4-1) won its third consecutive game, while Huntington dropped to 5-4 on the season.
The Spartans will return to action on Wednesday September 29 when they host Franklin College in Spartan Stadium to being Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.