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Despite a 17-7 shot advantage against Marian, Grace’s women’s soccer team needed a golden-goal winner to beat the Knights 1-0 on Wednesday.
The No. 21-ranked Lady Lancers (11-3-2, 7-1 Crossroads League) clinched their fourth straight victory thanks to a 99th-minute goal from Meghan Wiles.
A yellow card from the Knights (8-6-1, 4-4 CL) gave Grace a promising position near the end of the first overtime period. Mallory Rondeau’s set piece found Meghan Wiles in scoring position, and Wiles gave Grace the 1-0 victory with the golden goal winner.
“The women put in a decent team performance today. They were very dominant in possession. They controlled the pace of the match but not at a high enough rate of speed,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Marian was very tactical in eliminating quite a bit of space. We needed to be a bit cleaner, sharper and more direct going to goal. We got good minutes from a majority of players so that was beneficial in the long run. Our work rate was good, and the women produced numerous opportunities eventually resulting in a game winner.”
Grace’s first half saw a 7-3 advantage in shots. Grace nearly took the lead off the foot of Meredith Hollar, but the sophomore’s shot was denied by the crossbar in the 37th minute.
The Lady Lancers continued to assault the Knights’ net, earning a few breakaways from Hollar, Mimi Lozano and Rondeau. But Marian’s goalkeeper denied Grace the game winner in regulation.
Lozano forced a save from Marian’s goalkeeper within 30 seconds of the overtime period, and the team’s offensive edge continued throughout the period. Marian was held without a shot attempt while Grace eventually found the winner at the 98:26 mark.
Grace outshot Marian 17-7 overall in the match, including 8-2 in shots on goal. Marian’s physical play resulted in 18 fouls and four yellow cards being issued against the Knights.
Freshman Abby Schue picked up the shutout in goal for Grace, making two saves in 90 minutes. Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson and Erica Manchess made up Grace’s defensive line.
“At this point in the season, all the teams are familiar with us. There is no secret to what we’re doing, and each team has a plan to slow us down,” Voss said. “We need to adjust and find the way out quicker and more efficiently.”
The Lady Lancers wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament with the win. Grace ends the regular season on Saturday 7 p.m. at Miller Field against Taylor. Saturday’s game will be “Senior Night” and will feature a fireworks display after the match.
A pair of seniors scored to lift Grace’s men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Marian on Senior Night.
The Lancers’ third straight victory vaulted the team into fourth place in the Crossroads League standings. Grace has one match remaining in the regular season at Taylor on Saturday 7 p.m.
Seniors Ben Cahill and Austin Altimus netted for the Lancers (9-5-1, 4-3-1 CL) against the Knights (5-8-2, 1-6-1 CL).
The first half swung Grace’s way for good in the 25th minute. A red card was issued against Marian’s Sterling Steadham, leaving the Knights a man down the rest of the match. It took Grace just three minutes to capitalize.
Gift Sibukome sent Kyle Hamlin free on the left side of the field. Hamlin faked past a defender to the endline and crossed to Ben Cahill, and the senior left his feet for a diving header past the goalkeeper.
Grace had strong looks at the goal throughout the half, outshooting Marian 9-3 before halftime.
The Lancers’ man-advantage was apparent in the second half. Grace increased its possession drastically, producing several clear scoring chances.
Grace’s second goal was sparked by hustle by Austin Altimus. The senior forward forced a defensive miscue, intercepting a back pass and slotting his shot inside the post at the 68:44 mark.
The Lancers continued to pepper the Knights’ goal, tallying 12 shots in the second half. Jon Christensen, Josiah O’Deens, Hamlin and Gift Sibukome each had goal-scoring opportunities in the second half to no avail. The Knights were limited to a few late desperation shots at the end of regulation.
Overall for the match Grace outshot Marian 21-7. Jacob Cole, the reigning NCCAA and CL Defensive Player of the Week, recorded the shutout in goal with three saves. Jon Sands, Danilo Carnelos, Dylan Andersen and Nakilee Weni handled the defensive effort for Grace.
With a win in the regular-season finale on Saturday, the Lancers would secure a home match in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament next week.
A remarkable week for Mallory Rondeau landed the junior forward as the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week.
Rondeau racked up 4 goals and 2 assists during No. 22 Grace’s first week as an NAIA-ranked school. She had a hat trick with an assist against Goshen, and she added a goal and an assist against Bethel. She has now scored 8 goals in 7 Crossroads League matches.
The Lady Lancers wrap up the regular season this week with two matches. Grace will play at Marian on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before hosting Taylor on Saturday 7 p.m. Saturday’s match with Taylor will be “Senior Night” and “Fireworks Night” with a 10-15 minute fireworks display to be held at the match’s conclusion at Miller Field.
After posting two shutouts, senior goalkeeper Jacob Cole was the named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Cole had a pair of shutouts to boost the Lancers into fifth place in the Crossroads League. Grace defeated Goshen 3-0 and Bethel 1-0 last week. He made five saves against Bethel to help Grace jump the Pilots in the CL standings.
The Lancers conclude the regular season this week with two matches. Grace will host Marian on Wednesday 7 p.m. for “Senior Night” before traveling to Taylor on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Following a strong week for Grace’s volleyball team, Kaitlin Kerrigan and Ellie Harp picked up weekly honors from the Crossroads League on Monday.
Kerrigan was named the Hitter of the Week and the Player of the Week for the league, and Harp picked up her third CL Setter of the Week award of the season.
Kerrigan was dominant with 32 kills in two matches for Grace, earning 4.6 kills/set. She had 18 kills and six digs in a victory over Taylor, and she added 14 kills in a sweep of Huntington. For the week she hit at a .316 percentage and had just seven errors in 79 attempts.
Harp impressed last week for Grace, producing 10.6 assists/set, 3.4 digs/set, 1.1 kills/set and 0.5 aces/set. In Grace’s win over Taylor, Harp exploded for 44 assists, 15 digs, 7 kills, 3 block assists and 2 service aces. She tallied 30 assists and nine digs in a three-set win over Huntington.
The Lady Lancers are in second place in the Crossroads League standings. Grace has one match this week at Marian on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Grace’s women’s soccer team picked up its 10th win of the season with a 4-0 handling of Bethel on Saturday.
The NAIA 22nd-ranked Lady Lancers (10-3-2, 6-1 Crossroads League) scored their ninth goal of the week and seventh shutout of the season after beating Goshen 5-0 on Tuesday.
Mallory Rondeau led Grace with a goal and an assist, and Grace held a dominant 23-9 advantage in shots for the match.
Despite 10 shots in the opening half, Grace only scored once before halftime. Carianne Sobey sent a long pass over the top of Bethel’s defense, leading Rondeau into a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Rondeau then slotted her goal under pressure inside the near post at the 23:34 mark.
Six minutes into the second half, Grace doubled its lead. Rondeau crossed a ball into the penalty box, and Kelsey Christner pounced on the loose ball and notched her first goal of the season at the 51:11 mark.
Meredith Hollar sparked the Lady Lancers’ third goal eight minutes later. She sped away from two defenders on the right side of the field and placed a perfect cross along the ground to Mimi Lozano for the point-blank finish.
The scoring was completed in the 83rd minute. Rondeau sent Sabina Meyers past Bethel’s offside trap, and the freshman netted her first collegiate goal around the charging goalkeeper and off the post for the final 4-0 scoreline.
Rondeau had six shots to lead Grace, and Hollar added five more. Abby Schue picked up the shutout victory with seven saves in 90 minutes. The defending line of Heather Martin, Meredith Matson, Faith Voehringer, Erica Manchess, and Marina Tolczyk limited the Pilots to few clear chances.
The Lady Lancers have two matches remaining in the regular season. Grace will play at Marian on Wednesday night before their regular-season finale at Miller Field on Oct. 25 against Taylor. Grace’s game with Taylor will be “Senior Night” to honor the graduating class of Christner, Holly Bennett, and Kaitlan Wiles. After Grace’s game with Taylor, there will be a fireworks show over the soccer stadium at Miller Field.
A memorable second-half fantastic finish from Austin Altimus lifted Grace’s men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Bethel on Saturday.
The shutout win propels the Lancers (8-5-1, 3-3-1 Crossroads League) into fifth place in the league standings, giving Grace two straight wins.
“The guys played brave tonight. Our defense held strong against a solid offensive team and limited Bethel to only a few good opportunities,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “The guys earned this road victory with a couple regular starters out. Many players played non-typical roles and played them with confidence. Now we will work to carry this momentum into Wednesday’s match with Marian.”
Saturday’s match was a physical battle that included 29 fouls and eight yellow cards. The Pilots (8-6-1, 3-4 CL) limited the Lancers to just two shots in the first half, both of which occurred within the first 14 minutes of play.
The Lancers’ offense found a spark immediately in the second half. Grace took three shots over the first eight minutes after halftime, but the match would not be decided until the 72nd minute.
Altimus subbed in during the 64th minute. It did not take long for him to make an impact. He unleashed a 25-yard blast with his left foot to beat Bethel’s goalkeeper at the 71:09 mark.
“Austin’s cracker of a goal from deep combined with our consistent play all around was all that we needed tonight,” Hotchkin said. “I’m not sure I’ve seen a more beautiful shot, which he hit with his weak foot.”
The Pilots took five shots down the stretch in search for an equalizer, but Grace’s defense denied their efforts. Senior goalkeeper Jacob Cole had the shutout victory for Grace with five saves in 90 minutes.
Although Grace was outshot 16-7 for the match, only six of Bethel’s 16 shots were on goal.
The Lancers’ final home game of the regular season is on Wednesday 7 p.m. against Marian. The match will be “Senior Night” to honor Grace’s graduating class.
Grace’s offense was explosive on Friday night in a 3-0 sweep of Huntington’s volleyball team at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The Lady Lancers (22-7, 11-2 Crossroads League) had a .295 attacking percentage as a team, led by a match-high 14 kills by Kaitlin Kerrigan and 12 more from Calah Kruse. Friday’s match was a “Pink Out” to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Grace dominated the match, amassing 13 more kills over the three-set victory. Ellie Harp had 12 assists in each of the opening two sets, which Grace won by identical 25-15 scores. In the first set, Grace’s attack was particularly deadly with 15 kills and only one error.
The Foresters (4-16, 2-11 CL) put up a fight in the third set, staying within striking distance of the Lady Lancers. But timely kills down the stretch from Sierra Smith and Kerrigan crushed any hopes of a Huntington comeback.
As a team, Grace had 10 service aces with three from Kruse and two apiece from Sara Miller and Grace Woolsey. Woolsey also added seven kills and two block assists.
Harp finished with 30 assists and nine digs, Hannah Clemmons tallied 14 digs, and Tori Bontrager added four kills and three block assists.
The Lady Lancers resume league play on Wednesday night with a match at Marian.
The Grace College Athletic Department is hosting a Fireworks Night at Miller Field on Saturday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with the women’s soccer game.
The Lady Lancers will host Taylor at 7 p.m. in the regular-season finale. Admission to Grace’s game will include a view of the fireworks show over the field after the match. The fireworks will last approximately 10-15 minutes. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the display, which will be launched over the soccer stadium.
All children wearing a soccer jersey will be permitted free of charge to the game.
Contact Grace’s athletic office at (574) 372-5100 x6266 for any further questions.