ROCHESTER, MICH. – A pair of second-half goals from freshman midfielder Jessica Hudnall (Noblesville, Ind.) and senior midfielder/forward Maranda Birmingham (Kouts, Ind.) guided a strong road trip for Manchester University Saturday, Sept. 8.
Head coach Christine Johnson's Spartans battled the host Cougars of Rochester College to the late stages of the second stanza before falling 3-2. After Rochester found the back of the Black and Gold net twice in less than 12 and a half minutes of the first 45, Manchester University locked up the home side offense and managed to spark their scoring attack in the first part of the second half. Hudnall beat the RC defense to the frame in the 59th minute for an unassisted strike, the first for the Spartans this season, and Birmingham came back in the 66th for another unassisted marker to tie the scoreboard up.
Senior goalkeeper Caroline Smith (Mason, Ohio) added a 10th career double-digit save total, knocking away 16 home team shots on goal during a 29-10 overall advantage for Rochester College. Unfortunately, one more RC strike found its home in the visiting net in the 67th minute to decide the match outcome.
The Spartans look to carry the hard-fought momentum back to Good Field in North Manchester, Ind., for back-to-back home match-ups against the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 10 and 12. Trine University visits Monday for a 4 p.m. kickoff, while Albion takes a southern journey for a similar start time Wednesday.