No. 8 Grace’s women’s soccer team continued its unbeaten streak to start the year, defeating Huntington 2-0 on Saturday.
Two seniors scored and another had an assist to propel the Lady Lancers (10-0-1, 2-0-1 Crossroads League) on Senior Night at Miller Athletic Complex.
Despite taking 20 shots and 12 shots on goal in the match, Grace’s scoring was all done in an 18-minute span in the first half.
Mallory Rondeau opened the scoring in the 12th minute. The senior forward made a sneaky run to fool Huntington’s defense, beating two defenders and the Foresters’ goalkeeper to a loose ball and passing her shot into an empty net.
A nice run from Rondeau nearly produced a second goal minutes later. Her hard shot rebounded inside the penalty box and fell to the feet of Darcy Johnston, and Johnston’s shot forced a diving save by the Foresters (6-6, 0-3 CL).
Huntington nearly equalized in the 20th minute. A long shot by the Foresters took a deflection, and Grace goalkeeper Abby Schue slipped on the soaked turf. The shot rolled wide of the goalpost, however, preventing an unlikely equalizer.
In the 29th minute, Grace found an insurance goal. Carianne Sobey beat a defender on the left endline and squared a pass to Jordan Hairgrove, and the senior had a simple finish in front of the goal at the 28:39 mark. Sobey’s assist was the 42nd of her career, extending her program record for most assists.
The half ended 2-0 in Grace’s favor. The Lady Lancers had a 13-5 advantage in shot attempts.
Huntington stepped up its attack in the beginning stages of the second half, but Grace’s defense held firm. The Lady Lancers recorded their second straight shutout and seventh shutout of the year. Schue made nine saves in goal for Grace in 90 minutes.
Grace had a 20-12 advantage in shot attempts. Rondeau fired seven shots with five being on goal.
“We had a decent showing today on Senior Night. We were composed and creative executing our game plan well,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The chance creation was creative and calculated. In general we just need to be sharper. The whole crew stayed the course this evening, and I’m proud of the women for that.”
The Lady Lancers face one of the biggest matchups of their season on Wednesday. Grace travels to No. 10 Spring Arbor on Wednesday night for an NAIA Top-10 rivalry game.