Forester kickers earn first spot in CL tourney championship game

Huntington University soccer player Matheus Louzada (right) and Indiana Wesleyan University defender Gabe Quesada get a little physical with each other as they purse the ball during a Crossroads League Tournament semifinal game Saturday, Nov. 3, at King Stadium. The Foresters won, 3-1, to advance to the championship game next Saturday.
Huntington University soccer player Matheus Louzada (right) and Indiana Wesleyan University defender Gabe Quesada get a little physical with each other as they purse the ball during a Crossroads League Tournament semifinal game Saturday, Nov. 3, at King Stadium. The Foresters won, 3-1, to advance to the championship game next Saturday. Photo by Steve Clark.

For the first time in program history, the Huntington University men’s soccer team landed a spot in the championship game of the Crossroads League tournament with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over seventh-seeded Indiana Wesleyan in the tourney semifinals on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, at King Stadium.

The Foresters, 10-7-3, scored three times in the second half to erase a 1-0 IWU halftime lead, and Matheus Louzada had a hand in all three goals. HU knotted the contest at 59:59 on a Miguel DeSousa goal off a Louzada assist, then Louzada scored what proved to be the game-winner at 82:13 off a Jake Erlandson assist. Ty Sproat scored an insurance goal at 86:12 off a Louzada dime.

Gabe Greenfield stopped two out of three shots to earn the win between the pipes.

The Foresters will face top-seed Spring Arbor next Saturday, Nov. 10, for the championship. The winner of the game gets an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament.